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Gleeds Manage Hospital Upgrade

Gleeds has been appointed as project and cost manager on a new £55 million programme of infrastructure and engineering upgrades to Wrexham Maelor Hospital, on behalf of the Betsi Cadwaldr University Health Board (BCUHB).

One of the largest hospitals in Wales, Wrexham Maelor is an acute district general hospital which plays a key role in the delivery of essential health and care services for a population of around 250,000 across the North East region of Wales, as well as parts of Cheshire, the Wirral, and Shropshire. To ensure continuity of these services, Gleeds has been appointed to lead the team tasked with delivering an extensive refurbishment to the 550-bed facility aimed at addressing some of the most immediate risks on site.

Work includes a full electrical high-voltage ring main upgrade, improvements to ventilation across a number of departments, along with enhancements to water, heating and medical gas systems. Localised fire alarms, nursing call systems and access controls will also be installed or renewed where necessary as part of the scheme.

Commenting on the project, Brian McArdle, Director at Gleeds who is responsible for the programme, said: “Having worked with the BCUHB on a host of projects across the region over the past 12 years Gleeds has a clear picture of its long-term goals, as well as the depth of experience and network of local resources required to support it in achieving them. Our Welsh-speaking project lead will work closely with both the client and on-site teams throughout, to ensure that these vital upgrades are carried out with as little disruption to patients as possible.”

This initial series of improvements will ensure that Wrexham Maelor Hospital is able to continue to provide a safe and sustainable range of services to patients, while longer-term options for the future development of the site are considered by the BCUHB.

Detailed plans are currently being prepared, with phased works expected to be ongoing until 2025.

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