Graham has secured a contract to design and build a new extension of West Cumberland Hospital (WCH) in Whitehaven, the UK, for North cumbria integrated care NHS foundation trust.

The company was selected for the project through the ProCure22 (P22) framework.

The contract, expected to value around £40m, represents the second phase of works at WCH.

Once complete, the hospital will feature a new paediatric ward and assessment area, a care of the elderly ward, a stroke and rehabilitation ward and a specialist palliative care ward.

Graham construction director Peter Reavey said: “We’re looking forward to working with the Trust to help deliver this latest phase of development, which will improve the provision of healthcare services locally.

“Using up to 70% modern methods of construction, an area we have embraced and worked hard to integrate with proven benefits and results, our team has the skills and experience to bring this development forward to timescale and budget.”

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust Performance, Planning and Strategy executive director Dean Oliver said: “This is a very important milestone for the latest phase of redevelopment at the West Cumberland Hospital.

“The new build will significantly upgrade facilities to support staff and patients alike and future proof health provisions in the area.”

The latest contract was awarded to Graham after it successfully completed a separate cancer treatment centre in Carlisle for North Cumbria Integrated Care.

Last year, the company won a 25-year facilities management contract for Lisburn Primary and Community Care Centre in Northern Ireland.