Willmott Dixon has secured a contract, worth £7.8m, to remodel and expand the emergency department of the Dorset County Hospital in the UK.

The contract involves the construction of a new entrance, and expansion of the emergency department wards into the existing courtyard area.

With the expanded Dorchester hospital’s emergency department, procured using the SCAPE framework, Dorset Country Hospital NHS Foundation Trust will be able to accommodate the increasing number of patients.

Willmott said that the building will be designed to the BREEAM ‘Very Good’ specification.

The contract marks the second on the Dorchester site for Dorset Country Hospital.

Currently, the hospital has approximately 400 beds, seven main theatres and two-day theatres.

Willmott Dixon Central South region managing director Richard Poulter said: “We are delighted to start our second project on the Dorchester site for Dorset Country Hospital, delivering a cutting-edge remodel and expansion of the existing emergency department.

“Once complete, the facility will provide a platform for Dorset Country Hospital NHS Foundation Trust to continue delivering their outstanding service within the local community.”

Willmott secured the first contract at the site from property developer Prime to build a seven-storey car park. The 654-space car park facility is intended for patients, visitors and staff.

The expanded emergency department will become new home to the UCL Institute of Immunity and Transplantation.

Moreover, the building will become one of the largest patient-focused immunology centres in Europe.

SCAPE group chief executive Mark Robinson said: “By designing low-carbon solutions in from the beginning, the building will be highly sustainable and support our collective efforts to build back greener.”