Mace Willmott Dixon (MWD) Healthcare has secured a contract to construct a £126m urgent and emergency care centre at University Hospitals Plymouth in UK.    

This is MWD Healthcare’s, a partnership between Mace and Willmott Dixon, first NHS ProCure23 (P23) project.

In March this year, the collaboration was chosen for all three lots of the NHS P23 healthcare framework.

In this regard, the partners will jointly take up NHS construction projects under a Framework Alliance Contract.

The purpose-built urgent and emergency care centre will come up on a 17,000m² area at Derriford.

Works on the new facility, which will replace University Hospitals Plymouth’s existing Emergency Department, are expected to commence next year.

The centre will feature equipment to enable quick diagnosis, interventional radiology theatres and surgical theatres focused on enhanced patient outcomes.

The care centre will also offer same day emergency care to cut waiting time.

Willmott Dixon West Country managing director Neal Stephens said: “This collaboration gives customers like University Hospitals Plymouth access to some of the best healthcare skills in the industry.

“Also, as a local company with offices in Exeter and Plymouth, we’re very much looking forward to being part of an exciting new chapter for Derriford to support the health needs of Devon, Cornwall and beyond.

“A major focus for us will be on ensuring our work sustains local jobs and supports SMEs across the region, as well as providing upskilling opportunities.”

Mace Construction (Public Sector) managing director Terry Spraggett said: “We are delighted the partnership we set out on two years ago has now been awarded its first contract.

“We are excited to show how by working together, we can bring a fresh approach to construction delivery supporting University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust and wider NHS ambitions.”