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The Great Hospital expansion

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Work is currently underway to extend residential accommodation at The Great Hospital in Norwich.

The £5.2 million project comprises the construction of 24 new flats, a community hall, a shop, a maintenance workshop and a car park. VINCI Construction is the main contractor on the project and Cowper Griffith is the architect.

Work began on the project in April 2011. In order to accommodate the new buildings on the site, six existing cottages were demolished to make way for a new two-story block of flats. The new building will comprise 18 flats, whilst the remaining six in the scheme will be contained within a brand new extension to an existing building.

The new build is being constructed using brick and steel and will feature a zinc and tiled roof, powder coated doors and windows, and a red brick finish. The building will also benefit from high levels of insulation throughout.

An existing gravel car park on the site will also undergo a makeover to accommodate the eventual increase in residents. In addition, the site will be landscaped to include new plants and shrubs around the new building.

The Great Hospital is located on an historic site in Bishopgate and provides accommodation to elderly residents. As the site contains many Grade II Listed buildings, archaeologists are being consulted throughout the duration of the works.

Philip Pank & Partners Project Manager, Mike Harris, said:

“We have completed construction work on both the maintenance workshop and the car park and we are now coming to the end of construction on the new block of flats.

“Following on from this, we will begin work on extending the existing block to incorporate the six additional flats on the site. All work being undertaken on the extension aims to match the design of the existing buildings.

“I have been involved with The Great Hospital for a while and to date this is the biggest project that Philip Pank & Partners have undertaken on the site.

“The residents at The Great Hospital are very impressed with the work so far and they look forward to seeing the site once it is completed. Work is progressing well, and with up to 50 staff working on the site during peak times we are currently on programme.”

The Great Hospital is scheduled for completion in April 2013.

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