A contractor has been appointed to lead the massive redevelopment of Shropshire's biggest hospitals.

Integrated Health Partnership (IHP) – a joint venture between VINCI Building and Sir Robert McAlpine – has been named the trust’s partner in what it has called a "significant milestone" in the development of the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals Trust's Hospitals Transformation Programme.

IHP will support the trust as it prepares to take the plans through the final stage of the national approval process and transform acute hospital services for its communities.


Preparatory works are expected to start on the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital site from this month, with hoardings and site cabins being installed.

The trust says the plans will mean Shropshire and mid Wales residents ‘benefit from high quality, sustainable care and fewer delays for treatment for everyone, at two thriving hospital sites’.

The Telford site will specialise in planned care with the Shrewsbury site specialising in emergency care.

Louise Barnett, chief executive of SaTH NHS Trust, said: “We are pleased to be working with IHP who bring a wealth of experience in large-scale construction, as well as offering genuine opportunities for local businesses.

“We will be continuing to keep communities and clinicians involved at every stage of the works, to help design a positive experience for everyone.”

Planned care services in Telford available throughout the year are intended to mean fewer cancellations and delays for operations.

Urgent care services will be available 24/7 on both hospital sites and improved emergency care services delivered from a new, purpose-built Emergency Department in Shrewsbury.

Dr Ed Rysdale, Consultant in Emergency Medicine and Clinical Lead for the Hospitals Transformation Programme, said: “I’m excited that we are moving ever closer to delivering our vision of two thriving hospital sites.

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“This is so much more than building works, this is about fundamentally improving care for all the communities we serve through better pathways and joined-up care between our services.”

John Roberts, managing director at VINCI Building, said: “We are looking forward to working with the Trust to deliver this high-quality transformation programme for patients, which will provide significant improvements and benefits.”

Garry Bowker, regional managing director at VINCI Building, added: “In addition to the clinical benefits that the completed scheme will provide, we also want to ensure this project delivers long term social value outcomes for the surrounding communities and people.”