We are working closely with Laing O’Rourke and external advisors on a fully costed assessment of all the works needed to complete the new Royal. This work is required for Laing O’Rourke’s construction programme, which we expect to receive by the end of March.
In the meantime, Laing O’Rourke and their contractors are working to prepare areas of the building for remedial works to fix the structural issues that have already been identified. This is highly complex remediation work and requires significant interventions to the concrete frame, the internal finishes and outside of the building, but once complete will ensure that all the structural issues have been resolved.
Our staff are working closely with the design team on the solutions, to ensure that not only do they fix the issues, but also that they don’t adversely impact on clinical space. Whilst this can have a bearing on the costs, we are keen to make every penny count towards a positive experience for our patients.
We intend to provide more detail on the structural issues and the works required to fix them in the coming weeks and will keep you informed.
We recently updated our Board on this work and the re-estimated costs, which are higher than previously anticipated, when we took over the project from the Hospital Company in October 2018.
Whilst the Department of Health and Social Care have outlined their commitment to supporting the funding of the new Royal, we haven’t submitted a final figure or formal request for funding yet.
The final costings and the additional capital and revenue funding required to complete the new Royal, will be set out in our business case that we will submit for approval to the Department.
In the meantime, additional capital funding to maintain patient safety and ensure we can continue to provide services in the existing Royal has been provided by the Department.
We are spending over a million pounds this year on the current hospital. Some of this money is being spent on modernising the lifts we use to transport patients, on ensuring we have vital spare parts on-site for systems such as heating and ventilation and increasing maintenance for important equipment and systems. We also ensure our teams are ready to respond quickly to any issues to make sure that disruption to patients is kept to a minimum.
Whilst we remain in the current Royal, we are doing all that we can to keep vital systems and equipment operational and our patients and staff safe.