Firm joins Midland Metropolitan Hospital project

By Richard Guttridge | Sandwell | Health | Published:

A facilities management firm has been brought in to make sure a new £475m hospital is up to scratch.

Trust chief executive Toby Lewis, bottom second right, and chairman Richard Samuda, bottom right, with officials from ENGIE

ENGIE will play a key part in the development of the Midland Metropolitan Hospital in Smethwick. Work is due to re-start this month on the hospital which has been stalled for the last two years following the collapse of Carillion. Balfour Beatty has agreed to complete the job.

Bosses at Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust, which will run Midland Met, said securing the services of ENGIE, a leading energy and services company which aims to embrace a lower carbon and more efficient way of working, was another big step towards opening the hospital.

Trust chairman Richard Samuda said: “This is a key long-term relationship for us, with a shared commitment to local procurement, local employment and the living wage."

Mark Harris, divisional managing director for ENGIE UK & Ireland, said: “We are very pleased to be working alongside the trust to bring their new flagship site online over the next two years, before becoming a strategic partner at the hospital.

“ENGIE has long-term experience in successfully providing facilities management services to a wide range of healthcare establishments across the UK, including primary care facilities and major acute hospitals. We look forward to working closely with the trust and serving the local community.”

Trust chief executive Toby Lewis said: “ENGIE are a major energy provider with a focus on sustainability. We know that our future will move towards a zero carbon position and we want to be at the forefront of that movement.

"ENGIE provide facility management services in over 30 hospitals across the NHS and we look forward to working successfully together.”

Richard Guttridge

By Richard Guttridge
Investigations Editor - @RichG_star

Investigations Editor for the Express & Star.

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