Kier's Luton and Dunstable hospital project ‘takes shape’

Published: 3-May-2024

Kier is making good progress on the construction of the Acute Services block and New Ward block at Luton and Dunstable hospital

Kier, a UK-based construction company, started work on the new Acute Services block and New Ward block at Luton and Dunstable Hospital in 2022. 

The project is anticipated to be completed by the end of 2024. 

The Acute Services Block and New Ward Block will consist of: 

  • Maternity services – delivery suite, 3 operating theatres, midwifery led birthing unit, triage, bereavement
  • NICU – intensive care, high dependency care, special care, transitional care, parental accommodation
  • Critical Care – a 22 bed critical care floor
  • Surgical arrivals and recovery
  • Operating theatres – 8 new operating theatres, including two hybrid theatres, first stage recovery 2.  Maternity Ward Block
  • A maternity ward block with maternity wards (antenatal and postnatal) and pre-operative lounge

Through this work, Luton and Dunstable University Hospital will be  able to:

  • Tackle backlog maintenance and reduce risk in the highest-risk areas (Critical care, Maternity, NICU, and Theatres)
  • Enable transformation of elective surgery through colocation of theatres
  • Address national workforce challenges through a modern, flexible design
  • Increase capacity
  • Improve sustainability and efficiency
  • Maintain and improve quality standards – Support patient-centered clinical services, with care delivered in modern, uplifting and fit-for-purpose environments
  • Enable advances in medicine and technology

To allow work to progress on this site, several enabling works have been carried out since 2020. This includes:

  • Relocation of approximately 450 members of staff to a new location
  • Upgraded electrical infrastructure
  • Transfer of outpatient services to nearby Travelodge (obesity and rheumatology – Zone T)
  • Demolition of office block
  • Relocation of internal services
  • Relocation of our Outpatient admin centre, to an off-site location near to the hospital
  • Time-critical enabling schemes across the site e.g. roadways, demolition

"The acute services block and new ward block are really starting to take shape, with the facade now bringing our plans to life,“ A Luton and Dunstable hospital spokesperson said. 

The below video released by the hospital shows a timelapse of how far the building has come since the demolition work was completed.

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