Willmott Dixon set for £45M hospital redevelopment


An artist's impression of the hospital redevelopment. Photo: Willmott Dixon

Wilmott Dixon has been confirmed as the main contractor on a £45M project to redevelop Benenden Hospital in Cranbrook, Kent, with work to start on site later this month.


The hospital’s redevelopment master plan will include creating single bedrooms for all in-patients. Willmott Dixon will also provide a new main entrance with adjacent car park and drop off area, plus a glass roofed atrium providing patients and visitors with a relaxation area and catering facilities.


The firm will also deliver an expansion of the physiotherapy area, modern operating theatres and a new endoscopy unit as part of a comprehensive refurbishment.


Works on site are due to being on 27 May, with the expected completion date in December 2016.


Managing director for Willmott Dixon in the Southern Homes Counties John Waterman said, “We are delighted to have secured this important contract with Beneden 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 wellbeing in the region.”


Benenden Hospital says the works will transform it into a state of the art hospital ready to meet changing healthcare needs and enabling it to provide updated facilities for treatment, such as scanning and diagnostic imaging, under one roof.


Chair of the hospital's Board of Governors Graham Hadfield said: "The start of this extensive redevelopment is a real turning point. It not only secures the hospital's long term future but also gives it the opportunity to become what we want it to be – the hospital of choice."


Benenden Health Chief Executive Marc Bell said: "When the re-development is complete, Benenden Hospital trust will be in pole position to become a leading centre for health and wellbeing in the UK.


"I'm very much looking forward to seeing the work," he added.