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Northumbria specialist hospital takes shape

Wednesday, 02 July, 2014
Northumbria specialist hospital takes shape

Aerial pictures taken this week show the structural frame of the new Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital emerging from the ground on the site alongside the A189 at Cramlington, Northumberland.

Despite the recent inclement weather, main contractors Lend Lease are progressing well as earthwork operations start to reveal  the footprint of the new hospital.

Two of the three tower cranes are now onsite and the third is expected in June.

When the new custom-build hospital, the first of its kind in England,  opens in 2015 emergency care specialists will be working 24/7 treating patients with serious conditions needing hospital admission. 

Patients will still be treated for less serious conditions in Walk-in A&Es at their local hospitals in Wansbeck, North Tyneside and Hexham general hospitals. 

The majority of the workforce on the construction project are from the local area, demonstrating the commitment of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Lend Lease to employ local people wherever possible. 

Birju Rana, Project Director for the new hospital, said: “Lend Lease have done a fantastic job during some of the worst weather this winter to keep this project on track and it is exciting to see the concrete structure of the hospital now starting to take shape.”

Find out more about the Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital by clicking here.