Sidmouth builder gets £1.2m hospital contract

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A SIDMOUTH firm has been awarded a £1.2million contract to carry out a major revamp of the town’s hospital.

Skinner Construction is set to begin work next month – with the project expected take around 12 months to complete.

The scheme is the fifth and final phase of nearly a quarter-of-a-century of improvements – mainly funded by the community – that has effectively handed Sidmouth a new health hub.

“We are pleased to have awarded the project to a local contractor,” said Graham Vincent, chairman of the Sidmouth Victoria Hospital Comforts Fund, which has pledged £1million towards the contract.

The Nothern Devon Healthcare Trust has committed £200,000.

The comforts fund launched an appeal for £250,000 in November and has been grateful for the support received to date.

“We still have a long way to go financing the project but are confident, with our massive fundraising this year plus the support of the community which we have had over the last 24 years, we will achieve our goal,” said Mr Vincent.

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The project will include a new kitchen and a new entrance and reception area where the present cooking area is situated. Inside the reception area, the minor injuries unit will be sited along with outpatients and physiotherapy waiting areas.

A new physiotherapy unit will be constructed with three treatment rooms, activity and gym area, offices and an equipment store.

The existing physiotherapy building in the courtyard will be demolished and the area resurfaced, which will allow for extra parking. Clinical and general waste compounds will also be constructed.

Mr Vincent added: “When phase five is completed the comforts fund, through the generosity of the community, will have provided internally a new hospital, retaining the Victorian character of the building externally.”

The Sidmouth Hospital Project Board met on April 9 to finalise the details of the revamp.

Colin Mayor, chairman of Station Road-based Skinner Construction, said: “We’re heavily delighted that it has come to us.”