Building work gathers pace as Foss Park Hospital tops out | Wates

A major milestone has been reached in the construction of Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trusts new Foss Park Hospital on Haxby Road in York.

This week Wates Construction, which was appointed by Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust (TEWV) to deliver the project, completed the topping out on site.

Topping out marks the building reaching its uppermost point and highlights the significant progress made on site since construction commenced in October last year.

Representatives from Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust, City of York Council, New Earswick Parish Council and P+HS Architects were on site to see the culmination of 250,000 hours so far spent on site to create the 72-bed hospital. Completion is expected in April next year.

Since work began work at Foss Park, Wates has overseen the transformation of the 6.5 acre site to create the new state-of-the-art hospital that will provide high quality mental health inpatient care.

The major build programme has seen Wates install:

  • 2,000 tonnes of steel
  • 17,000 sq m of roofing, equal to three football pitches
  • Over 2 miles of underground drainage
  • 8 miles of water distribution pipework

Located alongside the River Foss, the new hospital will provide two adult, single sex wards and two older peoples wards one for people with dementia and one for people with mental health conditions such as psychosis, severe depression or anxiety.

Commenting on the work so far Naomi Lonergan, TEWVs Director of Operations for North Yorkshire and York said:

Foss Park is an exciting development and reaching this important milestone in the build means we are edging ever closer to completion of the hospital.

It will provide access to high quality mental health care and offer cutting edge facilities that support our service user, families and carers with their care needs.

We have worked with service users and carers from the start of this project to ensure the highest quality care environments and to build in learning from the experiences that have been shared with us.

Construction of Foss Park was procured through YORbuild, a consortia of frameworks which are designed to create collaborative working to maximise the social value and inclusion of public sector building works.

Throughout the project Wates is fulfilling a pledge to positively impact the local community through a series of training and education engagement activities. This has so far included seven visits to site, 18 work experience opportunities, 83 apprenticeship weeks on site and over 100 volunteering hours from the Wates team into other local community projects.

Wates has also hosted its industry-leading Building Futures programme on site, which provided local job-seekers with a two-week training programme to help kick-start new careers in construction.

David Wingfield, Business Unit Director for Wates Construction North East & Yorkshire, commented:

Our delivery of Foss Park is a project where a great deal of focus, hard work, care and attention have gone into understanding our clients vision so we can create a specialist hospital that accommodates these needs. We have done so while always seeking new ways to engage with the local community and our topping out is the perfect time to take stock of everything that has been achieved on site to date.

Angela Rossi, Associate at P+HS Architects said:

We are very proud to be part of the wider team delivering the new Foss Park Hospital. The contractor and client have worked in very close collaboration with stakeholders and the designers to maintain quality and timescales and we look forward to the successful completion of the project in Spring 2020. Congratulations to all involved in contributing to reaching this milestone on programme.


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