The European Investment Bank has agreed to provide £107m to support construction of the new Midland Metropolitan Hospital in Birmingham.
Once open in three years’ time, the new hospital will provide state-of-the-art acute healthcare for 530,000 people living in Sandwell and West Birmingham and will include one of the largest accident and emergency departments in Europe.
The new hospital scheme, costing £340m, includes 670 beds and 15 operating theatres, as well as a new public park, and reached financial close following an agreement between the Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust and developer, Carillion.
The new accident and emergency department will replace emergency care facilities at City Hospital and Sandwell and is expected to treat more than 140,000 patients a year.
This construction project is the first hospital to be supported by the new European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), the heart of the Investment Plan for Europe, which is intended to generate €315 billion of new investment across Europe.
Investment in new hospitals is essential to ensure that patients benefit from access to world-class treatment and facilities
“Investment in new hospitals is essential to ensure that patients benefit from access to world-class treatment and facilities,” said Jonathan Taylor, European Investment Bank vice president.
“As part of our commitment to improve healthcare and social infrastructure across UK the European Investment Bank is pleased to provide £107 million for the new Midland Metropolitan Hospital. This will transform acute healthcare in the West Midlands by providing both one of the largest and busiest accident and emergency departments in Europe on a former industrial site.
“The new super hospital will ensure the latest standards of healthcare and patient dignity for thousands of patients using the hospital each year. This investment will also act as a catalyst for wider economic regeneration in Sandwell and Birmingham.”
Richard Samuda, chairman of the Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust, added: “Today we have signed the contract to build and deliver the Midland Met by October 2018 with The Hospital Company - a Carillion joint venture.
“This is another landmark day for the people of Sandwell and West Birmingham, who now know for certain that their multi-million pound hospital will be built, and at a significantly lower cost than was originally planned.
“The outline business case in 2014 anticipated an annual unitary payment of £27m. However, we have closed the contract with an annual unitary payment of under £20m. We are also pleased to have signed the contract some four months earlier than we aimed for and look forward to the Midland Met being handed over in July 2018 and opening in October 2018.”
Work on the new hospital is expected to start early in the new year and the new hospital in Grove Lane, Smethwick, will bring together all acute services onto one site to provide state-of-the-art treatment and care for patients from Sandwell and across the region. This will lead to a merger of the current two emergency departments at City and Sandwell Hospitals onto the single site.