August 8, 2008

New Hospital Takes Shape

A new mini-hospital for the Bath area is likely to be completed by autumn next year.

Construction work is well under way on the pounds30 million-plus 26-bed hospital at Peasedown St John, which will treat around 600 patients a week.

It has been designed by world-renowned architects Foster and Partners - headed by Sir Norman Foster - in conjunction with the doctors who will own and work in it.

The Circle Bath hospital, at the Bath Business Park, is likely to carry out work for both the private and NHS sectors.

The project is already 25 per cent complete, with all the underground drainage systems and the lower ground floor built.

Columns have been erected to allow work to start on the second floor, while the foundations for the 140-space car park have been completed, and the ground prepared for construction on the rest of the building.

The hospital will have an MRI scanner as well as CT and X-ray scanners, and four operating theatres. It will carry out non- emergency operations, and has been developed by Health Properties (Bath) for operator Circle Health. It is being built by Taylor Woodrow.

A spokeswoman for Circle Health said: "This new hospital is the first of its kind. Doctors have been involved from the start in the design process to create a purpose-built medical centre, owned and run by everyone who works in it, to provide a new level of patient care.

"Progress to date has been excellent and we are well on course to meet our autumn 2009 completion date.

"This is a tremendously exciting project that will bring world- class healthcare inside a world-class hospital building for the benefit of patients in Bath and the surrounding area."

The hospital will create 150 full-time jobs.

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