5th April 2023

Construction begins at Kingsway Hospital in Derby

Integrated Health Projects (IHP), an alliance between VINCI Building and Sir Robert McAlpine, starts construction on Derbyshire Healthcare's new mental health facilities following two recent ground-breaking ceremonies.

Construction begins for the two new mental health hospital units at the Kingsway Hospital in Derby and Chesterfield Royal Hospital. 

Derbyshire Healthcare ground-breaking ceremonieThe new facilities will each have 54 single, en-suite rooms, replacing the current facilities in Derby and Chesterfield which have dormitory accommodation, including green areas, therapy space and temperature-controlled rooms, helping to improve the safety, privacy and dignity of patients.

They are part of the Trust’s ambitious £150 million Making Room for Dignity programme – a government-funded programme to completely revamp the mental health inpatient (hospital) facilities in Derbyshire.

These facilities are being delivered by IHPan alliance between Sir Robert McAlpine and VINCI Building. 

As part of the initiative we are also delivering a new 14-bed psychiatric intensive care unit (PICU) at Kingsway Hospital in Derby. Derbyshire does not currently have a PICU and people who need this level of support currently have to travel outside of the county to access an appropriate bed.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

time capsuleA time capsule was also buried as part of the event, containing branded Trust items including photos of current staff in uniforms, a programme brochure; a map of the Kingsway site; a poster summarising ‘the year 2023’ so far, along with a stress ball, pen and lanyard.

Arun Chidambaram, Medical Director at Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust said "It has been a fantastic day celebrating the beginning of construction work for our new Making Room for Dignity projects.

“I am delighted we have reached the next stage of construction. A lot of hard work has gone into the behind the scenes of this event and project, so a big thank you to everyone who has been involved in getting us this far."

The projects are set to complete in 2024 for the acute facilities and 2025 for the Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit.

It’s been an honour to witness these ground-breaking ceremonies alongside the Trust, guests, and my IHP colleagues who’ll be working hard over the coming months to bring these important projects to fruition. It’s rewarding to see the Trust’s vision of modern facilities that provide comfortable, dignified and therapeutic environments for their users, taking shape.

Chris Winspear Integrated Health Projects (IHP) and VINCI Building’s Regional Director

Making Room for Dignity Kingsway ground-breaking ceremony

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