Construction firm Kier Group has secured a £39.5m contract to refurbish two hospitals in the region of Gloucestershire in the UK.

The contract, awarded by Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust through the Procure22 framework, involves modernisation of the Cheltenham General and Gloucestershire Royal Hospitals.

The refurbishment programme aims to upgrade healthcare services in these two hospitals in the county.

Kier operations director Ben Ramsay said: “Kier is delighted to have been chosen by Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation to deliver such an important healthcare development programme for the region, under the P22 framework.

“We understand this programme of building modernisation is vital to underpin important service transformation at both Cheltenham General and Gloucestershire Royal Hospitals.

“We’re looking forward to working with the Gloucestershire supply chain and local community to provide many employment opportunities and create a number of new jobs in the upcoming years.”

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Currently, Kier and the Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are working together to develop upgrade plans for both the sites.

The plan includes a theatre provision at Cheltenham General and the development of acute care pathways at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital.

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust CEO Deborah Lee said: “We are delighted to be working with Kier on this exciting project; they have considerable experience of working with public sector partners to deliver innovative solutions and I am confident that with their help, this investment will ensure both our hospitals are increasingly well placed to deliver the very best care for our patients and support our developing vision for Centres of Excellence.”

In the last six years, Kier has been associated with more than 70 healthcare building projects in the UK.

Recently, it completed the redevelopment of the Emergency Department for the Countess of Chester Hospital.