A turf cutting ceremony was held in Yeovil on 14 March 2019 to mark the start of construction work on a new staff accommodation complex, being delivered through the PIC Framework.
The key worker accommodation scheme for Yeovil Hospital is being built on a brownfield site just 500m from the main campus and will provide high quality housing for NHS staff and medical students working at the hospital.
The completed accommodation complex will provide 176 bedrooms, in a mixture of one, two, four- and eight-bedroom apartments. The scheme also includes shared living spaces and landscaped gardens to enable staff and students to socialise and relax away from work.
The development will be delivered by Speller Metcalfe. The established regional firm was selected as the main contractor for the scheme following a call-off from the PIC Framework, which was created following a competitive OJEU procurement process.
Leighton Chumbley, Chief Executive at Prime said: “The key worker accommodation complex is a much-needed scheme, which will not only improve the lives of the hardworking and dedicated NHS staff and students who work at the hospital, but it will also breathe new life into a town centre site which has been derelict for a number of years. The turf cutting ceremony celebrates our progress onto the next phase in the scheme, turning plans into real transformation for the town and the hospital workers who support it.”
Jonathan Higman, Chief Executive of Yeovil Hospital, said: “The accommodation being built will provide frontline staff with modern, high-quality accommodation, just yards from the hospital site. It’s an investment into our future and one which will help us recruit and retain employees whilst adding to the vibrancy of the wider community.”
Chris Watkins, Contracts Manager at Speller Metcalfe said: “We are delighted to have been chosen to partner with Prime and Yeovil Hospital to deliver this fantastic new accommodation complex and are looking forward to the construction phase starting. We will be using our experience of building first-class residential accommodation to deliver the modern, comfortable and high-quality facilities the NHS workers and medical students deserve for the tremendous job they do for their community.”