Bruntwood has just signed a ten-year deal as the property partner for the Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. As per the deal, Bruntwood will be responsible for providing planning, construction and design services to the estate. This deal could prove to be beneficial for NHS contractors operating in this area.
The partnership was announced by Bruntwood Chief Executive Chris Oglesby during a presentation to the Manchester delegation. Oglesby said that his company would advise the Trust on how to shape the estate based on the needs of the patients.
The Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust owns 4 million sq ft of property spread over 70 acres. The Trust operates seven specialist hospitals: Saint Mary’s Hospital, Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, Manchester Royal Infirmary, Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, Trafford General Hospital, Altrincham Hospital and University Dental Hospital of Manchester.
Bruntwood has worked with the Trust in the past. The company was in a joint venture partnership with the Trust to develop Citylabs, which is a 100,000 sq ft biomedical centre located on Oxford Road. Also, a few days ago, Bruntwood, along with architect Sheppard Robson unveiled the design for the new hospital corridor bridge for Grafton Street. The bridge will span from the Grafton Street car park to the Manchester Royal Infirmary and will be constructed by Bruntwood for the Trust. Also, the Trust has been allotted £1.1 million to build a helicopter landing pad at the Manchester Royal Infirmary.
Bruntwood announced that it had taken over the development of the Staybridge and Citysuites hotels, which stopped in 2015 after the original contractor GB Building Solutions went into administration. Oglesby said that his company has created its own contracting firm consisting of staff from GB and was ready to resume the stalled project. This development is part of the various projects coming along the Oxford Road Corridor.