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Construction team for Compton Care's multi-million pound hub named

By Annabal Bagdi | Compton | News | Published:

CONSTRUCTION workers called on to build a multi-million pound care hub set to enhance the lives of the region's sick patients have been named.

Pictured front, L-R: Sarah Ricketts, Senior Quantity Surveyor, Bamm Construction, Cyril Barrett from the former Goodyear Workers, Compton Care Chief Executive Claire Marshall and David Barr, Bamm Construction along with back, L-R: Barry Malia, Roy Dudley and Mark Jenkins at the announcement of the contractor for the new centre

BAM Construction has been chosen to bring Compton Care's vision for a new coordination centre for people with complex of incurable conditions to life.

The company, selected after a 'rigorous' process, will now set about starting development of the Wolverhampton-based charity’s Care Coordination Centre next month.

Compton Care chief executive Claire Marshall said: “The team at Compton Care have been overwhelmed with the quality of the applications to construct our beloved Care Coordination Centre and are so grateful to all those who showed an interest in the project.

"The finalists in the tender process met the specifications of professionalism, quality and experience of complex construction but BAM’s application stood out for their eagerness to work in partnership with the Compton Care team to achieve the best results.

“We have two primary challenges with the project; our historical Compton Hall site, where the Coordination Centre will be built is precious to us and our community and we will be maintaining our services on site throughout the project.

"BAM demonstrated they understood both those factors and the need to work together to manage those challenges as well as build a beautiful Coordination Centre.

"We can’t wait to get started on this project, which will enhance the care and support we offer our patients and their families.”

Compton Care, formerly known as Compton Hospice, wants to coordinate its services from a central hub to become more efficient for patients and their families.

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Work will transform its Compton Hall site to bring staff together from across the hospice at the new £2.5m centre and make it easier for residents in the Black Country, Staffordshire and Shropshire to access support.

The centre has been partly funded by a £1.5 million donation from ex-Goodyear workers, through its 5/344 Transport and General Workers Union Benevolent Fund.

Unite Union Goodyear branch chairman Cyril Barrett said the charity was ‘dear’ to workers’ hearts, adding: "We wanted, from day one, to make Compton Care our flag-ship charity project.

"The reaction we have had to-date from the members has been incredibility positive. They feel a great sense of pride in this project.

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"It is a fitting lasting legacy to every person that has been a member of the fund since 1985.

"The Trustees and management committee feel a great sense of pride in seeing this project becoming a reality.”

Staff will coordinate referrals to its services from the new hub, including care in the home, day care facilities, impatient care, as well as emotional, spiritual and social care.

Construction manager David Barr added: "We’re are very much looking forward to working with our all our partners at Compton Care, to create this much needed facility.

"Selecting BAM to deliver it is a vote of confidence in our experienced team, and we will bring our customary positive attitude and professionalism to it."

Annabal Bagdi

By Annabal Bagdi
@AnnabalB_Star

Senior reporter based at head office in Wolverhampton.

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