UK-based BAM Construction has secured a contract from Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, part of the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group, to construct a new hospital in Salford.

The new six-storey hospital, named James Potter Building, secured planning consent in December 2019.

The company stated that the award of the contract for the £68m project follows a competitive process under the Procure22 Health Framework.

To be built on the Salford Royal site, the 9,800m2 hospital will provide the Trust with major trauma and high acuity surgery facilities in a modern, high quality building.

It is also part of the government’s Health Infrastructure Plan, which is claimed to be the biggest hospital building programme in a generation that will develop 48 new hospitals across the country by 2030.

A resuscitation area, five emergency theatres, inpatient beds, and diagnostic imaging, and a helipad will be included in the new building.

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Once operational, the hospital is expected to receive 90% of all major trauma patients in Greater Manchester and will be the hub site for high risk general surgery across Bolton, Salford and Wigan.

NCA chief executive Raj Jain said: “We are proud to be the major trauma centre for Greater Manchester and this centre and the amazing state of the art facilities and our specialist clinical teams within it will allow us to provide trauma care and services to an additional 400 trauma patients per year and help save more lives.

“Our partnership with Bolton NHS Foundation Trust and Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust will see us use this facility as the home for a new single-service for high risk emergency general surgery.”

The construction company has already commenced the enabling works on the site and a full construction programme is scheduled to begin from 22 February with completion targeted for 2023.