The Watford Health Campus project reached a major milestone today with the announcement that Kier Property has been selected as the preferred private sector partner to deliver the exciting, multi-million pound scheme.
An intensive and thorough process saw the Health Campus partnership (Watford Borough Council, West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust and Watford Football Club) work with potential private sector partners to build understanding and confidence in their submitted proposals. This has maximised the opportunities for the Health Campus to deliver:
- new hospital facilities for Watford and south west Hertfordshire
- regeneration of derelict land in this part of west Watford
- new employment space with potential for 1,600 new local jobs
- better access for all to improved open public space
- a range of good quality homes, including much needed affordable housing
- a neighbourhood centre in the west of the town
- reduced traffic congestion
Kier Property scored highly across a range of areas that ultimately saw its bid come out on top. The Health Campus partnership were particularly impressed by Kier as:
- its masterplan fully meets the aims for the scheme in terms of creating an attractive and sustainable community in west Watford that incorporates health, employment, quality open space and new homes
- its proposal keeps the Hospital’s vision for new health facilities at the heart of the scheme and offers the flexibility needed to ensure this can happen
- it offers excellent value for money with a 50:50 long term joint venture for the public sector
- it has a good track record of delivery and will appoint an experienced and skilled team to take its proposals forward
Commenting, Dorothy Thornhill MBE, Elected Mayor of Watford, said: “This announcement marks a significant step forward for the Health Campus and brings us closer to seeing our aspirations for the area finally come to fruition. The Health Campus is a once in a lifetime opportunity. It will deliver significant benefits to the town and gives a huge boost to our local economy at a time when other areas of the country are seeing reductions to public investment and services. There is still a lot to be done but I am delighted at the prospect of working with Kier on its exciting proposals and getting the best possible results for Watford and our residents.”
Jan Filochowski, Chief Executive of West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust said: “We have been working hard to fulfil our vision for a modern general hospital for Watford and the whole of west Hertfordshire, so I am delighted that we have reached this important milestone in the Watford Health Campus project.
Notes to editors
Kier Property undertakes investment, development and asset management across a broad range of sectors. These include office, industrial, retail, leisure, health, education, residential (affordable, mixed tenure and private) and mixed-use developments, undertaken directly and through joint ventures with both the public and private sectors. It is part of Kier Group, the leading construction, services and property group.
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115,000m2 mixed-use development,
preferred bidder for the £240m Watford Health Campus project. The original OJEU notice listed the scheme as worth between £220m and £550m.
Kier will deliver a 375,000 sq ft mixed-use development, including new hospital facilities for Watford and south-west Hertfordshire; up to 650 homes, 35% of which will be affordable housing; a 37,500 sq ft office, which will be pre-let to WHHT
“The land around the hospital and the slope of the site has been challenging when trying to piece together the Health Campus ‘jigsaw’. The scheme allows parts of the hospital to ‘decant’, whilst other parts are built. It will transform the hospital facilities and site, creating green open spaces, tranquil water frontage and welcoming public spaces. Emergency and normal access to the site will be dramatically improved. At the end of the works our patients, staff and the local community are set to have fantastic new and improved facilities.”
Nigel Turner, Kier Property’s MD, added: “We are extremely pleased to be selected as the preferred partner to deliver the Watford Health Campus scheme. We have worked closely with the Health Campus partners to understand their vision and aspirations for the Health Campus and the area overall. We believe our proposal will deliver the transformation that the partnership is looking for and we are now very excited to get started.
“Our masterplan for the Health Campus is not set in stone and we are looking forward to getting out and about in Watford to share our proposals and to engage with the local community on our plans. Our joint objective is to deliver realistic and achievable regeneration within a clear timescale.”
Kier will be working with the Health Campus partnership to complete the financial and legal aspects of the agreement by December.