NHS Property Services has appointed construction and infrastructure services provider Kier to redevelop Hythe and Dibden War Memorial Hospital in the UK.

As part of the £8.6m transformation project, Kier will demolish the existing hospital and construct a new building. It will also provide facilities to support more than 80,000 people of South Hampshire.

The company has procured the contract through the Southern Construction Framework.

The work will include construction of a two-storey 1,664m² health facility, with a GP surgery and outpatient services, including audiology and gynaecology, physiotherapy besides a space for dentistry.

Kier Regional Building Southern managing director Louisa Finlay said: “Hythe and Dibden War Memorial Hospital has been providing important services for the people of South Hampshire for many years and following our appointment by NHS Property Services to redevelop the hospital we look forward to delivering a new building with state-of-the-art amenities that will meet the modern day needs of its staff and patients.

“We have extensive experience in the healthcare sector and over the next two years, we will work with our skilled and local supply chain partners to sustainably deliver this new hospital.”

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Construction works are expected to be completed next year.

The original hospital building was opened as a memorial to those who lost their lives in the first world war. In homage to this, the redeveloped hospital will feature an etched stone memorial.

Central to the development of the new hospital is the local community, including Hythe and Dibden War Memorial Hospital League of Friends and The Royal British Legion.

Throughout the hospital redevelopment, Kier will offer job and training opportunities.

In October 2018, Kier Group secured a £39.5m contract to refurbish two hospitals in the region of Gloucestershire in the UK.