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We’re not just building a new hospital for North Manchester. Our transformed health campus will be at the heart of the local community.

Together, we’re creating a healthier, more prosperous place where people can access good jobs, training and education opportunities.

We are committed to delivering social value and making a difference to people’s lives across North Manchester.

You can find out more about our social value programmes around education, combating digital exclusion, employment and training plus fundraising and volunteering in our NMGH Social Value Round-Up 2021

Making a great start in schools

We wanted children and young people to get involved with the hospital redevelopment from the very beginning. That’s why we held a special art competition, asking local primary school pupils to show us what’s important to them.

We received over 600 fantastic drawings and paintings, on four themes:

  • Love your NHS
  • NHS rainbows
  • What makes you happy
  • Your favourite things about North Manchester

Providing exciting apprenticeship opportunities

Five hard-working apprentices are gaining both practical skills and academic qualifications through their employers’ involvement in the redevelopment of North Manchester General Hospital. Creating employment, training and education opportunities for local people is a fundamental principle of the redevelopment programme and apprenticeships are a key part of achieving this aim.

Our project team is delighted to showcase the contribution of apprentices Rob Childs, Jack Dash, Tom Marner, Beth McCrystal and James Robinson.

  • Rob is an apprentice project manager with RLB and is studying Construction Management through a degree apprenticeship.  His training includes developing feasibility studies, estates strategies and business cases.
  • Part of the Arup team, Jack’s apprenticeship is in Building Services and Sustainable Engineering.  He has been working on the space requirements for plant equipment, water utility services and mechanical, electrical and plumbing services design for buildings at NMGH.
  • Also an apprentice at Arup, Tom is studying Building Services Engineering for his apprenticeship.  He quickly progressed from assisting other technicians to co-ordinating the replacement ventilation system for the existing acute hospital buildings.
  • Beth is doing a degree apprenticeship in Quantity Surveying and is assistant costs consultant with Arcadis on the NMGH project.  She has provided costs for the enabling works and security projects at the early design stages, and assisted in tender review processes.
  • Assistant electrical engineer James has recently completed his advance level apprenticeship with his employer S I Sealy and is now studying for his HNC in Building Services Engineering. His work involves focusing on electrical systems such as lighting, power, data and fire alarms.

Setting a challenge for design students

During 2021, project partners MFT, Hive, Curtins, Sheppard Robson, AFL, Arup and Arcadis hosted a three-month project with the Manchester School of Architecture. The challenge to the students was to create innovative designs for a hospital of the future.

Fifth year students received a detailed brief covering the health agenda in architecture plus sustainability, along with constraints around ground conditions and costing. To celebrate their hard work and very imaginative ideas, we hosted a virtual showcase event for the students that enabled them to present their efforts to our wider project team.