COMPANY bosses are celebrating the role they played in delivering a £30m new hospital unit that aims to lead the way in transplants.
Rider Hunt, construction consultants and quantity surveyors based in Longbenton, acted as external cost advisor to the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for the new Institute of Transplantation.
The unit, which took almost two years to complete, is based at the Freeman Hospital, delivered under the ProCure21 NHS National Framework.
It will house cardiothoracic transplant surgery, general transplant surgery and renal transplant surgery – expected to open in September.
Craig Beeby, of Rider Hunt, said: “As a practice we are extremely proud to have been involved in this prestigious project.
“It provides a centre of excellence and is a world class facility for the region to be proud of.
“On a personal level, we have learned through this project there remains a concerning requirement for more organ donors in order for this facility to thrive.
“Our hope is that by having this incredible Institute on our doorstep, that it will encourage more individuals to register to become an organ donor.”
Rider Hunt have acted as external cost advisors to NHS Trusts across the country on a number of healthcare projects.
The £30m Institute – which covers 9,500sq meters over four levels – has an inpatient department with 30 beds, a 22-bed critical care ward, an outpatient department, four operating theatres, as well as a screening and imaging department, office accommodation and a lecture theatre.
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