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Hospital project faces budget delays
10:40am Sunday 10th March 2013 in News
Concerns are growing that a multimillion pound project to redevelop a hospital could be further delayed by the budget later this month.
Work on the £420 million scheme at Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton is not expected to start for at least another year while bosses wait for final Treasury approval.
A report to the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust board highlighted fears that dealing with the implications of the March 20 budget could delay the government's decision even more.
The report said: “A formal response from the Treasury is still awaited and there is some concern that this will now be delayed by the national budget process.”
Preparation work at the nearby St Mary’s Hall Hospital in Brighton, which will be used as a base for staff while the main work is carried out at the Royal Sussex, has already begun.
Hospital bosses have been hoping that the main construction work will start in spring 2014 and the project finished by the end of 2021.
They insist the plans are still on track despite the continued delays in funding approval.
The redevelopment, which will be carried out in three phases, will involve the demolition and replacement of the ageing Barry and Jubilee buildings, an expanded cancer centre and an underground car park.
The existing Thomas Kemp Tower will have a helicopter pad and there will also be a roof garden plus £550,000 of public transport improvements.
Brighton and Hove City Council approved the planning application for the project in January 2012.
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