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Interserve wins £21.6m neuroscience centre project

Interserve has been appointed Principal Supply Chain Partner for a ProCure21+ project to provide services for brain and spine patients, by the Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust in Liverpool.

“Project Arizona”, as the scheme is known, aims to build new accommodation for clinical and non-clinical purposes, with a neuro-rehabilitation unit, an outpatient department, a clinical trials facility and a pain management clinic.

There will also be space for a third-party tenant as an additional revenue stream.

The centre is part of a five-year plan, and is due to commence next year with completion scheduled for Autumn 2014.

It will be a stand-alone structure, situated on the North-east corner of the Aintree/Walton NHS campus.

Passivhaus principles will be used in the development, designed by architects Gilling Dod, and thermal efficiency will be optimised to reduce energy costs.

A hybrid approach will be taken, after an early option appraisal was undertaken by Interserve, including prefabricated, hybrid and traditional approaches.

The Trust’s chief executive Dr Liz Mear said the project, which is the largest undertaken since the Walton Centre opened, “will help us in our aims of providing innovative, caring services and carrying out pioneering research to advance our knowledge of neuroscience”.

Turner and Townsend project manager Steve Jenkins, who is project managing the development, said Interserve’s approach was “organised and controlled”.

He added: “The way the evolving design/costs have developed to include the additional requirements, whilst still maintaining the original programme intent, has been first class.”

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