Bid for over £350m made to build new hospital on Horton site


A brand-new, larger purpose built hospital could be created on the existing site if the Trust’s bid is successful

A brand-new hospital could be built on the existing Horton General Hospital site if the Oxford University Hospitals Trust is successful in a bid for around £350m of government funding.   On Wednesday the Trust’s board agreed to the submission of an expression of interest to secure the funding.

The proposal would see a brand-new hospital built on the existing site.   The building would be 58,000 square metres in size and would replace the existing buildings, which are 30,700 square metres.

It is estimated that the project would cost between £350m and £370m.

Should the expression of interest pass the first stage of the selection process a more detailed submission would be required for the second stage.   It is anticipated that the final decision on the successful bids will be made next Spring.

The current proposal says that the construction would be split in three phases with the first phase providing increased capacity covering areas such as theatres and inpatients.   The second phase would provide outpatients, therapies and maternity.   The final third phase would cover an Energy Centre and wider site redevelopment including a multi-storey car park.

As part of the government’s Health Infrastructure Programme funding is being made available to build 40 new hospitals by 2030.   32 sites have already been allocated.   It is hoped that the Horton General will be selected for one of the 8 remaining places.

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