The building phase of the £97million Heartlands Treatment Centre (HTC) has been completed successfully, on time and on budget.
On Thursday 24 November 2022, Kier officially handed over the keys to University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB). UHB will now begin the task of turning the building into a fully-functioning clinical space ready to welcome patients in the New Year.
Members of staff from both UHB and Kier attended a celebration event to mark the handover, which took place inside what will become a light and spacious outpatient waiting area.
Speaking at the event, Professor David Rosser, UHB Chief Executive, said:
“After two years of construction during a challenging period, the HTC has been completed thanks to the hard work of Kier and my UHB colleagues involved in the project.
“Together we have created a landmark new addition to the East Birmingham skyline; an impressive modern and spacious environment which will house world-class facilities and benefit over half-a-million patients every year. We have enjoyed working alongside Kier; a huge thank you to all involved in this superb project.”
Mark Dady, managing director, Kier Construction Eastern and Midlands, added: “We’re immensely proud of our work on the HTC, demonstrating our expertise in providing state-of-the-art health facilities in the West Midlands. Working closely with UHB, we’ve delivered this important new treatment centre which will hugely benefit patients, clinical staff and wider community in Birmingham.”
Time lapse video of the Heartlands Treatment Centre construction process which was shown during the HTC handover ceremony.
UHB will now begin moving staff and equipment into the building ahead of the planned opening to patients in January 2023.
The HTC, the first large-scale capital investment at Heartlands Hospital since 2008, will help improve capacity as it offers a ‘one-stop-shop’ for patients as a result of bringing a range of services under one roof. The new centre includes:
- Day case procedures
- Imaging services
With a footprint of over 18,000m2, the impressive building stands four storeys high, with 149 tonnes of steel and 12.5 miles of pipework inside. State-of-the-art technology is being installed including patient self check-in kiosks, brand new theatre suites and cutting-edge imaging equipment, including a wide bore MRI scanner funded by UHB Charity.
For further information about the HTC, please visit the website.