Willmott Dixon secures £45m contract to redevelop Benenden hospital in Kent

21 May 2014 (Last Updated May 21st, 2014 18:30)

Construction firm Willmott Dixon has secured a £45m contract to redevelop the Benenden Health hospital site in Cranbrook, Kent.

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Construction firm Willmott Dixon has secured a £45m contract to redevelop the Benenden Health hospital site in Cranbrook, Kent.

Willmott Dixon Southern Homes Counties managing director John Waterman said the company is pleased with this important contract with Benenden hospital.

"We have a strong local presence in Kent and our team is looking forward to creating a facility that will have a profound impact on supporting health and well-being in the region," Waterman said.

As part of the redevelopment programme, Willmott Dixon will provide its master plan for transforming the hospital with new and updated facilities, to meet the broad healthcare needs of the surrounding area.

"Our team is looking forward to creating a facility that will have a profound impact on supporting health and well-being in the region."

The redevelopment programme will include the construction of single bedrooms for patients staying at the hospital, a new main entrance next to the car park and drop off area, and a glass roofed atrium featuring a relaxation area and catering facilities for patients and visitors.

Additionally, the refurbishment will bring the scanning and diagnostic imaging facilities under one roof, expand the physiotherapy area and create new, modern operation theatres and an endoscopy unit.

Benenden hospital director Jane Abbott said that awarding the contract is an important milestone in the hospital's 107 year history.

"We recently won a Queen's Award for Enterprise for our work in sustainable development and much of that was recognition of the positive impact we bring to communities; we're looking forward to adding to that record here," Waterman added.

The redevelopment work of Benenden hospital is expected to be completed by December 2016.


Image: An artist's impression of the redeveloped Benenden hospital in Cranbrook, Kent. Photo: courtesy of Willmott Dixon.