Kier picked for £60m mental health hospital

Kier is to build a £60m mental health hospital in the South East.

The contractor was appointed by the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust to deliver the 54-bed acute inpatient and outpatient facility in Bexhill.

The 5,200 square metre facility will provide services for adults, replacing those currently provided at Eastbourne District General Hospital.

Kier will build a trio of 18-bed wards, all with individual bedrooms and ensuite bathrooms, as well as outpatient and training facilities.

The building will be highly insulated and include solar panels as well as electric-vehicle charge points. It will be surrounded by therapeutic landscaped green space.

The car park will feature rain gardens that collect surface water run-off and filter it through a storm-water attenuation tank before it is discharged directly into the watercourse.

Kier Construction Southern director Cheryl Parsons said: “We are delighted to be appointed by Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust to deliver this new mental health hospital, which will provide improved and modernised services to the East Sussex region.

“We look forward to using our wealth of experience and expertise to deliver this first-class health facility sustainably, benefitting the community for years to come.”

Trust programme director Paula Kirkland added: “This is a major milestone for a programme that has been almost four years in the making. We are now looking forward to working closely with Kier as full construction of the new facilities begins in earnest.

“When complete, the building will provide the people of East Sussex and beyond with state-of-the-art inpatient services that offer the highest-quality therapeutic care for those with serious mental health conditions.”

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