New plans for Kents Hill
Milton Keynes Development Partnership (MKDP) and leading independent hospital group Spire Healthcare have agreed, subject to planning approval, to develop a purpose-built private hospital on a site in Kents Hill.
The balance of the development site will be devoted to building around 150 new homes, including approximately 45 affordable homes.
The state-of-the-art facility, which will be Spire Healthcare’s 40th hospital in the UK, will incorporate the most modern design and configuration concepts, with a capital investment by Spire Healthcare planned to be around £70m.
The hospital will be equipped to undertake a significant range of services including complex surgery, and will support the local NHS Trust whilst providing private facilities needed by a growing, dynamic city.
Current plans for the hospital include:
- 54 patient beds;
- a large outpatient area with 24 consulting rooms;
- three laminar flow/laparoscopic theatres and a hybrid theatre/catheter lab;
- a dedicated endoscopy suite;
- a five bedded Critical Care Unit;
- a fixed MRI and CT facility;
In line with its strategy for growth to serve the needs of the local populations, this project follows the successful opening of two new Spire hospitals in Manchester and Nottingham in early 2017.
MKDP Chief Executive Charles Macdonald says: “The scheme will deliver a range of benefits to the city, improving private and public healthcare and delivering additional housing to meet local need. The hospital will generate around 250 new jobs for Milton Keynes over time.
Spire Healthcare’s Interim Chief Executive Officer Simon Gordon, says:
“Spire Healthcare has been working closely with Milton Keynes Development Partnership (MKDP) for several months on our plans to develop a leading centre for healthcare in Milton Keynes.
“Our recent experience of opening hospitals in other parts of the country shows that these projects bring significant employment and economic benefits to the local community as well as much needed additional capacity to the local healthcare system. As a resident in the area for over 40 years I have seen Milton Keynes grow into an incredibly successful, diverse and vibrant city and I expect our hospital to compliment the excellent services available to the local community.
“We are delighted to be joining the Kents Hill development and I’m sure MKDP will help ensure that this project maximises the benefits for the town, local community and surrounding area.”
A formal planning application will be submitted in autumn 2017, and the hospital is expected to open in early 2020.