John project manages £25m private hospital development

A new £25 million, state-of-the-art private hospital is coming to Brighton & Hove - and EMC is helping to make it happen.

The Montefiore Hospital will breathe new life into the city's five-storey former Legal & General headquarters office building, which has been empty for five years, and offer patients in and around Brighton & Hove some of the most up-to-date clinical care in the country.

John Packer (above left), a lead member of EMC's Construction Advisory Team, is assisting in the project management of the development, working on behalf of Spire Healthcare, the UK's second largest private hospital provider who will operate the new facility.

John, who represents Spire at design and construction team meetings and maintains a day-to-day watching brief to ensure that the programme runs to time, within budget and to agreed quality standards, said: "It's a tremendously exciting development which will bring a fantastic new healthcare facility to the city when it opens next summer.

"From a construction point of view it is far from straightforward. A huge amount of internal structural alterations have to be carried out which will take up around half of the scheduled 12-month programme of works.

"The technical and programme challenges of the project demand that we facilitate a close, non-adversarial working relationship between the client, the design team and contractor. This will ensure that Spire ultimately gets what it wants and the delivery teams have all they need to make this happen."

When completed, the Montefiore Hospital will have 21 private bedrooms, three operating theatres, physiotherapy, radiology and out-patient departments, and will create more than 100 jobs for nurses, radiographers, administration workers and cleaners.

Hospital director Matthew Dronsfield said: "The aim is to make this a centre of excellence for private healthcare. We will be providing a broad range of diagnostic and treatment services including outpatient clinics, the carrying out of MRI and CT scans, and performing operations such as hernias, and knee and hip replacements."

Architects for the new hospital are Brighton & Hove based Nightingale Associates, A F Pilbeam of Southwick have been carrying out the enabling works contract and Mansell Construction will execute the main contract.

July 2011