Updated: Friday, 18th January 2019 @ 8:09pm

NHS North West gives go-ahead for new £10m hospital in Altrincham town centre

NHS North West gives go-ahead for new £10m hospital in Altrincham town centre

By Helen Le Caplain, Senior News Reporter

Plans to build a new hospital in Altrincham town centre have finally been given the green light by regional health chiefs.

Developers were left in limbo for eight months as although the build was approved ‘in principle’ by the North West Strategic Health Authority in November last year, they had not made a final decision until earlier this month.

Ron Calvert, Chief Executive of Trafford Healthcare NHS Trust, said that now approval has been granted it can name Citybranch Limited the preferred bidder of the build.

He said: “This is fantastic news for people in Trafford.  Our commitment to developing a new hospital for Altrincham has never wavered and we are delighted that NHS North West has now approved the business case.”

Citybranch Limited will work closely with the Trust to develop final plans for the new facilities on Railway Street in Altrincham town centre, with a view to begin work on site in summer 2012.

This will replace Altrincham General, a Victorian building on Market Street which is in poor condition.

A Trafford Healthcare spokesman said that the new hospital will provide the same services as Altrincham General but in much more modern, comfortable and patient-friendly surroundings.

Cheshire-based Pochin’s PLC will manage and build the new hospital as technical partner to Citybranch Limited. 

Adam Gross, director of Citybranch Limited, said the company was delighted with the news.

He said: “There has been unwavering support from the community and we truly believe that this is a great result for the local population. 

“The new hospital will play a key role in regenerating Altrincham town centre and we are proud to be part of that.”

The news has also been welcomed by the wider Altrincham community.

Chair of the League of Friends of Altrincham General Hospital, Linda Mrozinski, said: “This decision has been long awaited and is very much welcomed, patience and persistence have been rewarded. I am absolutely delighted.”

Ann Day of Trafford LINk, which represents patients and the public and gives them a say in local health and social care services, paid tribute to residents for their support.

She said: “We thank the residents of Trafford, especially Altrincham and Bowdon Civic Society for their unwavering campaign for the development of the new facilities. 

“Thanks also to Trafford Healthcare Trust who have come under a lot of criticism for the delays but have never faltered in their commitment to the new hospital.” 

The development, which will cost approximately £10m, will feature facilities across four storeys, on-site basement parking and easy access to a multi-storey public car park.

The build is due to be completed between late 2013 and early 2014.

Details of how and where people can see the plans for the new hospital will be published in the next few weeks.