The £290 million project will replace the existing Princess Alexandra Wing at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro. The proposed 24,500m2 building will house the hospital’s maternity services, neonatal and paediatric care, as well as obstetrics and gynaecology services. It would also serve as the new main entrance to the hospital, altering the layout of the current site.
According to Construction Journal, the Women and Children’s Hospital programme is currently in the outline business case stage. It has just been sent to the Treasury for final approval after budgeted project costs soared from £100 million due to scope changes. This recommendation’s outcome is expected in the coming weeks.
BAM has begun a two-year programme of enabling works, beginning with the demolition of six derelict houses to make way for a works compound, with work also underway to relocate patient and visitor parking. The construction of a new Pathology building and the relocation of Cardiac and Pharmacy services to make way for the new hospital will continue into 2024 and 2025.
The main building work for the new hospital is scheduled to begin in 2025, with the hospital expected to be completed in 2028.