Milestone moment for North Manchester hospital project

Enabling work begins on New Hospitals Programme pathfinder scheme

The construction team begin demolition work on the site of the new hospital
The construction team begin demolition work on the site of the new hospital

Morgan Sindall Construction has celebrated the reaching of two landmark moments in its delivery of an enabling works package and multi-storey car park and cycle hub as part of the total redevelopment of the North Manchester General Hospital (NMGH) site.

Contractor, PP O’Connor, recently began the demolition of Limbert House as part of the first phase of transforming the Crumpsall site. 

This included the Limbert House Nurses’ Home and infectious diseases unit. 

In tandem with the progress in the build programme, Morgan Sindall Construction’s accompanying social value plan for North Manchester has reached a pivotal moment with the launch of its latest Knowledge Quad.  

The Knowledge Quad is a multi-purpose training and learning facility located within a live Morgan Sindall Construction site.

It delivers value by undertaking activity focusing on the four key areas of skills, education, employment, and discovery.  

It also creates a vital link between industry and education, ensuring that curriculums align with employer requirements and that students, trainees, and apprentices at all levels are provided with the relevant knowledge and skills to help them succeed.  

The Knowledge Quad concept began at Morgan Sindall Construction’s £150m Paddington Village multi-project site in Liverpool City Council’s Knowledge Quarter, the scale of which enabled a substantial investment into tackling the worsening skills gap in construction and maximising the socio-economic value of the development. 

And it provided employment pathway programmes for under-represented groups including UK veterans, pre-employment skills workshops, and numerous schools, college, and university engagement sessions.

We’re now seeing exciting progress on our build programme, with the recent demolition demonstrating we’re entering an exciting stage of what is a hugely-significant programme for North Manchester

The concept has now been replicated nationally with three live facilities currently located in the North West region. 

The redevelopment of the hospital site is one of  eight Pathfinder hospitals being delivered through the Government’s New Hospital Programme, which is providing an initial £3.7bn to deliver 40 new hospitals across the country by 2030. 

Alongside health and care services fit for the 21st Century, the redevelopment will provide the employment, housing, and economic opportunities that are key to generating long-term growth and prosperity for North Manchester. 

The project, led by Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust and Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, with Manchester City Council and Manchester Health and Care Commissioning, will not only provide essential redevelopment to an estate which is in critical need of investment, but also serve as a catalyst for the wider economic regeneration of North Manchester.  

Morgan Sindall Construction has been appointed to deliver £30m of enabling works ahead of the rebuild, including temporary car parking, asbestos removal, demolition, clinical refurbishment works, and a new-build 1,000 space multi-storey car park and cycle hub.  

In delivering this project – procured through Procure Partnerships - Morgan Sindall Construction has ensured minimal disruption to the hospital estate, ensuring departments can provide continuity in vital healthcare services for all patients and staff within the live hospital environment.  

Shaun Jones, Greater Manchester area director for Morgan Sindall Construction, said: “Upon our appointment to this significant redevelopment last year, we made clear that we saw our role not just to help reshape the hospital infrastructure, but to also do what we could to deliver social and economic change as a result of our work and to support the local recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic 

“The launch of the Knowledge Quad is a key element of how we will do just that.

“We’re now seeing exciting progress on our build programme, with the recent demolition demonstrating we’re entering an exciting stage of what is a hugely-significant programme for North Manchester.” 

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