The Heartlands Treatment Centre (HTC) in East Birmingham — delivered on time and on budget during the COVID-19 pandemic with no disruption to patient care – has been voted Building Project of the Year in the Constructing Excellence Awards for 2023. The hospital’s first large-scale building in 15 years, the £97 m HTC opened in January 2023 with a footprint of over 18,000 m2, and incorporates 149 tonnes of steel and 12.5 miles of pipework. The four-storey facility offers a range of diagnostics and outpatient service under one roof, and treats over 1,500 patients a day.
Mike Taylor, Deputy director of Operational Estates at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, said: “It’s a fantastic achievement to have the Heartlands Treatment Centre project team recognised through a national award. It is a credit to the team who worked incredibly well together so that the centre was built to the highest standards without any delay. I would like to thank the UHB team and our partners, including contractor, Kier, for playing their part in the – project’s smooth running. This national award reflects what a huge achievement this is.”
Mark Dady, MD, Kier Construction Eastern & Midlands, said: “We’re very proud of our work at the Heartlands Treatment Centre, which was delivered through strong partnerships with UHB and our supply chain. To be awarded project of the year at the Constructing Excellence Midlands Awards, and then again at the Constructing Excellence National Awards, is a huge achievement. This award highlights the power of collaboration in construction. All parties worked closely together to ensure that this exceptional facility, which will help so many people in Birmingham, was delivered on time and within budget.”
The HTC incorporates brand new theatre suites and advanced imaging equipment, and – the Trusts says – ‘met the highest environmental standards, with solar panels and energy-saving lighting included’.
Alongside University Hospitals Birmingham and Kier, the winning project team included Archus, Design Buro, WSP, Couch Consulting, WT Partnership, and Acivico.