• The 3Ts Redevelopment of the Royal Sussex County Hospital is one of the largest NHS Capital funded projects in recent years
• Global construction consultancy Turner & Townsend appointed independent cost adviser, CDM coordinator and project manager
• The £485 million redevelopment is due to be completed by 2024
Global construction consultancy Turner & Townsend has helped the Trust prepare and win approval for the £485m 3Ts Redevelopment of the Royal Sussex County Hospital – one of the largest Treasury-funded NHS projects in recent years.
Turner & Townsend has managed the contract and commercial negotiations on the project alongside the main contractor Laing O’Rourke. The consultancy has also been project manager, cost manager and CDM-adviser on rehousing medical facilities while the redevelopment works take place.
Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, which started drawing up its Outline Business Case in 2008, was given formal approval by HM Treasury and Department of Health for the 3Ts Redevelopment of the hospital in October last year.
The 3Ts Redevelopment is being carried out in three stages so that all the hospital’s clinical services can remain open and onsite throughout the programme. It will replace all the buildings on the front half of the hospital site, including the Barry Building which opened in 1828 – some 20 years before Florence Nightingale started nursing.
Work on the infrastructure for the Stage 1 Building and the new helideck on top of the existing Thomas Kemp Tower has started this month (January). The redevelopment will benefit a wide range of patients including those using Cancer, Elderly Care, Intensive Care, General Medicine, Neuroscience and Stroke services, amongst others.
Crucial to success of the redevelopment will be the methodologies and approaches Turner & Townsend and Laing O’Rourke will be taking to minimise possible disruption from environmental issues (including noise, dust and pollution) for patients, visitors, staff and local residents.
Turner & Townsend was chosen because of the proven experience, expertise and capabilities in project and cost management on healthcare schemes.
Paul Maitland, Director for Turner & Townsend, commented:
“We’re delighted to continue our involvement in such a major and much-needed NHS modernisation project. We were originally commissioned back in 2010 to carry out independent cost advice and support to the Trust for the full business case and rehousing of critical services while the site is redeveloped. By demonstrating our value, we have grown that initial appointment to also provide CDM and project management services for the enabling works programme.
“From now on, we’ll be working hand in glove with the Principal Supply Chain Partner (Laing O’Rourke) to ensure ongoing liaison and communication with all those potentially affected, ranging from patients and staff to the local community.”
Amanda Federo, Interim Chief Executive for Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, added:
“The 3Ts Redevelopment will make vital improvements to the Royal Sussex County Hospital and to the quality of care that we can offer our patients. Improving the experience of those using and visiting the hospital is at the heart of this redevelopment and informs every aspect of it.
”We are happy to be working with Turner & Townsend as a key partner in the redevelopment. The expertise they can bring to this once in a generation project will enable us to successfully navigate the complex procedures inherent in such a large, high profile undertaking.”