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Milestone for hospital

Harbour site manager Ian Challinor, supervisor Neil Craig and chief executive Heather Tierney-Moore

Harbour site manager Ian Challinor, supervisor Neil Craig and chief executive Heather Tierney-Moore

The first phase of building work at a new mental health hospital for Lancashire has been completed.

A ‘topping out’ ceremony, to mark the final roof tile being placed on the first building at The Harbour, on Preston New Road, Marton, has been held.

Following a public vote the suite names have also been revealed, with the facilities set to honour writers including Shakespeare, Dickens and Keats.

Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust’s chief executive Heather Tierney-Moore, said: “I am really pleased that we have been able to mark the fact that the construction is well under way. It’s been great that so many members of the public and partner organisations have been involved throughout the construction process so far and the trust will continue to engage with them throughout the process.

“I was delighted to reveal the suite names as chosen by the public and it really feels like the building already belongs to the people it is set to provide care for.”

After the ceremony, attendees were given the opportunity to visit one of the functional acute wards.

Mark Thomas, Regional Director at Integrated Health Projects (IHP), which is overseeing the construction, design and development of the project, said: “It is exciting to have seen this building develop over time and to have reached this key milestone in the construction programme.

“The new hospital will be a leading mental health unit for the North West and will raise the standards of patient quality care.”

The new facility will provide a total of 154 beds including a psychiatric intensive care unit.

The facility should be completed later this year and will open next spring.

 

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