Work has begun on the construction of the new purpose-designed mental health hospital off Haxby Road in York.
Construction firm, Wates Construction, which was appointed by Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust to deliver the project, has been excavating and preparing the site, which is now ready for building to commence.
The new 72 bed hospital forms part of a wider project to transform mental health care across York and Selby. The state-of-the-art facility will provide two adult, single sex wards and two older people’s wards – one for people with dementia and one for people with mental health conditions such as psychosis, severe depression or anxiety.
Commenting on the start of construction Ruth Hill, TEWV’s Chief Operating Officer, said “After a long time in development, it is great to see building work begin and we are looking forward to seeing the hospital start to take shape.
“We want local people to have access to high quality mental health care and our new hospital will further enhance existing provision for local people. The new hospital will offer cutting edge facilities that support our service user, families and carers with their care needs.”
As part of its work on site at Haxby Road, Wates has made a pledge to utilise the building work to create opportunities for the local community. This will include site visits, employment workshops and work experience for schools, colleges and local jobseekers.
Wates is also engaging local suppliers and sub-contractors in the project to ensure the building work will bring with it a local economic boost as well as additional training and employment opportunities.
Paul Dodsworth, Business Unit Director, Wates Construction North East and North West, commented “Our team has been hard at work preparing the site for the start of construction, ensuring a positive start to what will be an efficient and high quality build for our client. We have been working very closely with the Trust to understand their vision for the new mental health hospital and this collaborative approach will be vital to delivering this state-of-the-art facility.
“In addition to our build programme, the success of this project will be measured on the positive impact we have on the local community. The team has already made great strides to engage with schools and colleges across York, and we very much look forward to taking this forward to ensure the new hospital makes a real difference to the lives of local people.”
Work on the site is expected to be completed in 2020.
[caption id="attachment_4098" align="alignnone" width="300"] Representatives from Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust, Wates Construction and P+HS Architects oversee progress on the new York hospital site[/caption]