Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Hospital rebuild ‘still on course’

CONSTRUCTION of the new Townlands Hospital in Henley is still on track.

CONSTRUCTION of the new Townlands Hospital in Henley is still on track.

Work on the £8.7 million “health campus” is scheduled to begin by the end of next month and will take about two years to complete.

NHS England Thames Valley is working to finalise the design and technical details of the 18-bed hospital, incorporating the new Sue Ryder hospice, which is moving from Nettlebed, as well as a 64-bed care home to replace Chilterns End and 44 new “key worker” homes.

This work will be followed by the land transactions.

Contracts are expected to be signed this month or next so that developer Amber Solutions for Care can start work on the site.

A “project implementation group” has been set up to ensure the existing hospital continues to run effectively until the new complex opens in 2015.

Town councillor Ian Reissmann, who chairs the Townlands Steering Group, said the project was progressing but more slowly than he had hoped due to its complexity.

He said: “Townlands has many interdependent issues and more contractual parties to co-ordinate. It’s important to get all this done properly and in the right order.

“The project is still on track so that work on site can commence before the end of August.”

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