After declaring the UK government’s intention to deliver ‘Project Speed’, including a £3 billion capital investment into the NHS, healthcare construction company MTX, welcomed the Prime Minister to its latest £12 million, 72-bed, fast-track ward project at Hereford County Hospital.
The Prime Minister visited the construction site last week (August 11), keen to see for himself the, now close to completion, ward project aimed to deliver the NHS a total of 72 extra beds across three state-of-the-art wards, all in just 11 months.
All part of the government initiative to ‘to build better, to build greener, to build faster’ the new ward extension is being delivered using MTX’s fast-track construction methods that reduce the build time by up to 50%.
Talking on the PM’s twitter feed whilst on site, Boris described the project as: “The beginnings of a new series of wards for Hereford County Hospital. … The first of the 20 new hospital upgrades that this government has embarked on. … The beginning of a record programme of investment in our NHS.”
David Hartley, Managing Director of MTX says: “The site team were excited to welcome the PM to our latest project and talk him through the clear benefits of these rapid construction methods. For this project, the building is largely built off-site in a factory, then transported and craned into position. This not only means we can deliver buildings much faster, but we can produce 60% less waste, ensure safer construction sites and all to the same standard and quality as a traditionally built hospital.”
With the Government’s ‘Project Speed’ well underway, described as “the most radical reforms of our planning system since the end of the second world war,” there are also attempts to offset the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, and the MTX offsite method of construction is leading the way to delivering on Boris’s promises.