23 April 2010
Manchester United Manager, Sir Alex Ferguson has led a topping out ceremony on one of WYG’s major healthcare projects in the North West.
The Leeds-based company is providing civil and structural design, traffic and transportation and environmental consultancy services, on behalf of Balfour Beatty, on the £200 million project to redevelop Salford Royal Hospital. The topping out ceremony marks the completion of the new Hope Building superstructure.
Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust is recognised as one of the best hospitals within the NHS and the new Hope Building will provide the most advanced medical facilities within a 21st Century landmark building of major civic importance for the City of Salford.
Sir Alex was invited to place a tile on the external façade of the Hope Building which has been inscribed to mark the event. He said: “I’m delighted to take part in today’s celebrations, the new hospital development will no doubt enhance the great work that the team at Salford Royal already deliver to patients in Greater Manchester.
“The much improved facilities will be of great benefit to the region and my congratulations go to everyone involved in getting to this stage of the development,” added Sir Alex.
On completion in 2012, the building will provide a new accident and emergency department with a 55 bed assessment unit, a 32 bed critical care unit, and new facilities for renal, intestinal and urology services. Upon completion, there will be 242 beds and 50 per cent of the rooms in ward areas will be single occupancy.
Andy Garland from WYG Engineering, said: “We are focused on providing high quality, high value services and this huge project is a great example of where we can optimise our skills across WYG to create the right solutions for our clients.
“Having such an iconic figure like Sir Alex to mark this significant milestone in the construction of the Hope Building is fantastic for everyone involved in the project.”
WYG has been involved in the project since 2003 and the multi-story car park, the education and mortuary building and some of the infrastructure was completed and handed over to the Trust in March 2009.
Caption: Andy Garland from WYG (left), Sir Alex Ferguson (second right) and Mark Taylor from WYG (far right) with colleagues from Balfour Beatty.