28 March 2013,

New QEII hospital reaches financial close, building work to start in April

NHS Hertfordshire has today signed the contracts that enable building work for the New QEII to begin in April.

The £30m project will have a significant range of services including a Local A&E, outpatients, diagnostics and therapies.  Most of these services will be provided by East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust who has also today signed a lease as part of the contract arrangements.

The building work will managed by Assemble Community Partnerships with Mansells as the building contractor.

Stuart Bloom, Chair of NHS Hertfordshire said: "I am delighted that our hard work over the past few years has reached this significant milestone before the PCT hands responsibility for services to the East and North Herts Clinical Commissioning Group. I look forward to seeing the construction work progress over the next two years."

Dr Tony Kostick, Chair of the CCG said: “Local GPs have been actively involved in the development of the new QEII and we are delighted that the building work will begin. We are working with East and North Herts Trust to ensure that the right services for patients will be available at the New QEII and at the Lister Hospital.”

The PCT’s shareholding in Assemble will transfer to Community Health Partnerships. The first stage of work will be the development of temporary car parks.  The New QEII will be built on the front of the current hospital site.  All the spaces will be relocated around the site.