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Land purchase completes footprint for new hospital

Posted: 5 January 2024

Saurabh Bhandari and Alex White on the newly acquired land Saurabh Bhandari (left) and Alex White on the newly acquired land

West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is pleased to have completed the purchase of the final plot of land required for its new hospital build.

Alex White, Chief Redevelopment Officer for West Herts, said: “This is another major milestone as we move forward with our plans to build a much-needed new hospital to provide our brilliant staff and our patients with the state-of-the-art facilities they deserve.

Visiting Watford General Hospital on 3 January, Saurabh Bhandari, Programme Director for the national New Hospital Programme, said: “We are delighted to support the trust in this significant step.

“The trust has an impressive vision for a new hospital that will transform how it can care for patients. We are looking forward to working with them on the next important steps in 2024 and the years ahead.”

The plot of land, adjacent to Thomas Sawyer Way, will now be cleared to prepare the area for the first stages of construction work on the new hospital.

Next steps include enabling work to level land, prepare retaining walls and foundations, and install high voltage power cables.

In early February, as part of the early stages of engaging with the construction market to build the new hospital, the trust and the national New Hospital Programme will be hosting an event for major construction companies to come and visit the site and find out more about the proposals.


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