Eric Wright under way with multimillion pound healthcare projects

Eric Wright Construction has begun work on three health projects in Lancashire with contracts which total £14.8m.

[caption id="attachment_24198" align="f-align-medium-right f-align-center" width="300"]Sketch of the new Clitheroe Health Centre Sketch of the new Clitheroe Health Centre[/caption]

Work includes a £7.4m project to build a new community hospital adjacent to the old Clitheroe Hospital and two projects to develop new health centres and pharmacies at Colne and Great Harwood, totalling £4.3m and £3.1m respectively.

The three contracts were awarded by the local NHS LIFT Company, East Lancashire Building Partnership, and with operatives now on all three sites, work is expected to be completed by the end of 2013 for Colne and Great Harwood and the first quarter of 2014 for Clitheroe Hospital.

The projects, all designed by IBI Nightingale, share a keen focus on sustainability and will be constructed with environmentally-friendly materials and features whilst respecting the local environment.

John Wilson, managing director at Eric Wright Construction, said the company had a strong track record of working with the NHS locally to deliver health sector projects. On this occasion EWC worked with NHS Property Services, the newly-formed organisation set up to manage NHS assets.

He said: “Eric Wright Construction has a strong reputation within the North West’s health sector market of delivering a broad spectrum of contracts, from small refurbishments, such as Blackburn Birthing Centre, to major projects such as Bolton One, which is a £30.6m health, leisure and research complex.’’

Andy Pratt, from NHS property services and project director for the three schemes, added: “These health centres will provide excellent facilities for the people of Lancashire and we’re looking forward to seeing the buildings take shape during 2013.”