The Tunbridge Wells Hospital, Tunbridge Wells
Facts and figures
- Client: Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust
- Finance model: Private Finance Initiative (PFI)
- This is the second project won by the Interserve/John Laing plc/Laing O'Rourke consortium, which is already working on the PFI contract for the 926-bed Royal Victoria Infirmary and Freeman Hospital project awarded by the Newcastle-upon-Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust
Interserve, in consortium with John Laing plc and the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, invested £5.2 million of equity and subordinated debt in the construction of the £231 million The Tunbridge Wells Hospital in Tunbridge Wells, Kent.
The new 512-bed hospital is the first NHS acute facility in the UK to be constructed with 100 per cent single bed rooms with en-suite facilities. Interserve delivers facilities management services, worth £75 million, in the new buildings over a period of 30 years. This includes mechanical and electrical maintenance, estates management, grounds maintenance, utilities management and the provision and operation of a helpdesk. The building design maximises the location within the local environment and woodland management is a particularly important element of Interserve's services.
The new hospital, which is seven storeys high with a floor area of 65,000m2, includes planned and emergency surgery, orthopaedics, a women's and children's zone, day-case theatres, outpatient services and a mental health unit. Construction began in April 2008 and was completed in 2011.
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Tunbridge Wells Hospital - 30-year, £75 million PFI project
- Excellent rating under NHS Environmental Assessment Tool (NEAT).
- The Unitary Charge for the new facility was materially below the Trust’s affordability threshold and therefore the new facilities represented great value for money.
- Patients benefit from the views of the surrounding woodland, which have been captured in the hospital's design. The design builds on evidence taken from the "Healing Environment" study, which shows that views to the outside and natural ventilation aid patient recovery and their general well being.
- The layout and features within each room were determined in collaboration with the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) to ensure that the patient experience and their safety shaped the design process.