The second phase of a project to improve services at Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital continues to make excellent progress.
Phase Two comprises the creation of a number of facilities, including state of the art wards, critical care units, four new operating facilities and a new outpatient department and dental suite. Additional facilities will include an assessment unit, a new critical care unit, parents’ accommodation, education and teaching facilities and a dedicated radiology department.
Work on the second phase of the project – which is valued at £63.8 million – follows on from the success of the first phase which was completed in February 2005. The cost of constructing the second phase is being met by the Welsh Government, with Noah’s Ark raising money to equip the hospital.
To date, Noah’s Ark has raised £12 million, but aims to raise an additional £8 million.
Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital Charity Director, Suzanne Mainwaring, said:
“Everyone at the Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital Charity is overjoyed to see that the construction of Phase Two of our wonderful children’s hospital is on track.
“We continue to work hard not only to fund vital and life-saving equipment in this next phase but to ensure that we will always be here to support the hospital and the anticipated 100,000 babies and children in Wales who will need specialist medical care each year.”
A topping out ceremony took part on the site in February 2013, marking the highest point that the steel frame of the building will reach.
Cardiff and Vale University Health Board Senior Capital Planning Officer, Jonathan Brickley, said:
“The highest portions of the steel work are now in place which is an important milestone in delivering the second phase of the children’s hospital.
“The project is progressing well and when work is completed it will provide first class facilities to build on the excellent care already being provided in Phase One for children across Wales.”
Health Minister, Lesley Griffiths, added:
“The development of this wonderful hospital is very important to delivery of the first class and accessible health care for children.”
Interserve is the main contractor on Phase Two of the Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital for Wales project. UK based company, Interserve, is one of the world’s foremost support services and construction companies with a workforce of more than 50,000 people worldwide.
Phase Two of the project is currently scheduled to reach completion towards the end of 2015.