COMMERCIAL: Building work has completed on the £45m South Bristol Community Hospital.

Bristol Infracare LIFT Ltd, the developer of the hospital, and Carillion, the main construction contractor have handed the keys to the new building over to NHS Bristol. Services in the new hospital - including an 60 inpatient beds for rehabilitation, day surgery and an dental teaching facility - will be provided by Bristol Community Health Community Interest Company.

Capita Symonds provided strategic property and commercial advice to NHS Bristol, as well as project management and technical advisory services to Bristol Community Health.

The urgent care centre will be the first part of the hospital to open on 30 March and will begin a phased opening.

Deborah Evans, chief executive of NHS Bristol said; “The handover of the building to the NHS is an exciting milestone for us. We now enter an intensive phase of activity to commission the building and finalise the remaining installation of equipment before we open the doors to the first patients on the 30 March.

“The new social enterprise Bristol Community Health has worked hand in hand with local people and with our partners at LIFT and at University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust.  They have impressed everyone with their skill in partnership working and in completing the detailed and complex task of turning blueprints and plans into a real state of the art hospital. They can be justifiably proud of this achievement.”