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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

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£90m deal for West Cumberland Hospital rebuild signed

The contract for the £90 million West Cumberland Hospital redevelopment in Whitehaven has finally been signed.

Hospital photo
West Cumberland Hospital

This means that the £70m from the Treasury can now be unlocked and will be released throughout the project in phases.

The signing of the contract with Laing O’Rourke had been expected to be sorted by November 23. But the North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust had to await some technical reports and also for some changes by the incoming Trust, Northumbria Healthcare, to be incorporated into plans.

At a trust board meeting, acting chairman Michael Bonner confirmed the contract had been signed.

“The hospital walls have started arriving and we are moving on,” he said.

“Thank you to all for working so hard to make sure that we did it right. The Strategic Health Authority and Department of Health are totally satisfied.”

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