First phase bid submitted for the redevelopment of Craigavon Area Hospital

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Jonathan McNabb

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The Southern Trust has submitted a bid worth £151 million for the redevelopment of Craigavon Area Hospital.

The money will go towards a first phase of redevelopment plans but a timescale for construction “are dependant on the date of approval to proceed”.

Confirmation was given to Dolores Kelly MLA when she asked Health Minister Robin Swann at Stormont “for an update on the planned new build at Craigavon Area Hospital, including the timescales for construction”.

The answer from Robin Swann was:

“The Southern Health and Social Care Trust has long acknowledged the need for the redevelopment of the Craigavon Area Hospital site and has submitted a bid for Phase 1A of the redevelopment as part of a recent capital planning review exercise.

“The cost of this phase is in the region of £151m.

“The timescales for the construction for a new build at Craigavon are dependent on the date of approval to proceed.

“My ability to take forward new capital projects such as this will only be possible if significant and sustained additional capital resources are made available to my Department.”

When contacted by Your Lurgan, a spokesperson for the Trust said:

“The Southern Health and Social Care Trust has submitted a bid for Phase 1A of the redevelopment of the Craigavon Area Hospital site and timescales for the construction for a new build at Craigavon are dependent on the date of approval to proceed”.

It marks the latest significant development at the hospital after a new pediatric ward, built at a cost of £7 million, opened in October 2017.

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