Contractor, Stepnell, has won a £1.27m contract to undertake estates improvement works for Kettering General Hospital (KGH) NHS Foundation Trust in Northamptonshire.
Marking Stepnell’s first project win through the SCAPE Regional Construction Framework, the contract will start with the delivery of a new waiting area and adjoining landscaped garden for breast cancer patients.
And the contractor has committed to prioritising waste reduction of 0.032 tonnes per sq m and, with a focus on social value, has pledged to allocate a minimum of 50% local labour and 60% local project spend within a 30-mile radius of the scheme.
This is the third scheme that Stepnell has worked on to support KGH, in collaboration with local cancer charity, Crazy Hats.
Salam Musa, consultant onco-plastic surgeon at Kettering General Hospital, said: “The Crazy Hats Appeal has made an enormous contribution to breast care facilities at Kettering General Hospital by donating a wide variety of equipment and helping us to make our treatment centre more welcoming.
“This final donation will help us to further improve care for our breast cancer patients – and outside of those clinics for other patients as well - by providing the treatment centre with a much-improved waiting area, surrounded by a small landscaped garden.”
Glennis Hooper, executive fundraiser at Crazy Hats, added: “Having had breast cancer myself and having supported so many other patients, I know the feelings of dread as you sit in the waiting room, waiting to hear if you have cancer, or not.
“It can be a lonely space and frightening and we hope that by creating a new tranquil, spacious, and light waiting room area, patients, and their loved ones, will feel more relaxed and comfortable.”
Stepnell is one of eight firms to have secured a place on the SCAPE Regional Construction Framework earlier this year, which expects to deliver up to £750m of public sector investment across the East of England and the Midlands