BAM Construction has secured the contract from Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust to deliver a new Haematology Oncology Ward and MRI facilities near Truro, the UK.

The new £30m development will be a three-storey building extension to the existing Trelawny Wing and the new MRI suite will be connected at lower ground floor to the imaging department.

The new MRI facility is designed to house up to three scanners.

The national NHS capital funding streams are providing funds for the new development through the Government’s capital framework for healthcare in England known as Procure 22.

BAM stated that the new Lowen Ward “Lowen” will be a 24-bed ward, which specialises in caring for haematology, oncology and palliative patients.

It will also treat patients who are required to be isolated as part of their treatment with specially ventilated rooms that are dedicated to this purpose.

Trust clinical matron Sarah Caskey said: “Nursing and medical staff, along with patients, have contributed to the design of the ward and acute oncology assessment area. We will have an increase in specialised isolation rooms and overall bed provision.”

The construction work on the main building phase of the project is scheduled to begin shortly using new methods, which BAM has adopted to create social distancing and operate safely during the Covid-19 pandemic.

BAM noted that the initial enabling works on the project were completed last month and the scheme is slated to be fully completed by autumn 2022.

Upon completion, the existing Oncology Ward Lowen Ward is planned to be relocated to the new facility.

The design team of the development includes architect Stride Treglown, structural engineer Arup and mechanical and electrical providers Hoare Lea.

BAM has also appointed a team that includes T Clarke, WBM groundworks and Luscombes Construction.