UK-based construction firm Laing O'Rourke has started construction work on the first new buildings linked to the £420m Brighton 3Ts redevelopment of the Royal Sussex County Hospital.
As part of the master plan, the developer is constructing two temporary buildings at the site. The first will be a six-storey building providing nuclear medicine, physiotherapy and rheumatology outpatient services.
The second building will be located on the courtyard next to the Thomas Kemp Tower near the centre of the hospital and will accommodate three wards. Construction of the second building will start in coming months.
While creating the temporary structure, Laing O'Rourke will partner with architects BDP and the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust to develop designs for the main building, which is scheduled to commence in early 2016.
3Ts redevelopment director Duane Passman said: "We are now moving into the clinical phase of our decant programme.
"This is when the redevelopment becomes real for most people, with the beginning of construction onsite.
"We are pleased to be working with Laing O'Rourke on both these temporary buildings, which are key to unlocking the space we need for the redevelopment to go ahead. This is an exciting time. What starts as the foundations for a temporary building today will end with patients being treated in brand new, permanent facilities of the highest quality."
Laing O'Rourke project director Steve Lloyd said: "Our team has worked very closely with the Trust and the design team in the development of the 3Ts project, so it is fantastic to see the first signs of construction that will enable this important redevelopment to move forward.
"These high-quality temporary structures will be imperative to allowing the Royal Sussex County Hospital to continue servicing the local community during the redevelopment period. We look forward to finalising the designs for the main building over the coming months as the redevelopment progresses to full business case stage."