23 June 2014

Ground breaking at new Townlands Hospital

NHS Property Services and Amber Solutions for Care were joined today (Mon 23) by key members of the Henley community and local NHS partners at a special ground breaking ceremony to mark the start of construction of the new Townlands Hospital.

The new hospital forms a key element of South Oxfordshire District Council’s plan for the development of Henley-on-Thames.

Robin Williams, Chair of NHS Property Services, said: “Today is a proud day for everyone involved in the project as we mark the construction of this fantastic new healthcare facility.

“We sincerely thank everyone for their hard work and involvement in bringing the project to this exciting point. Although there is still a lot of work to do, today signifies the huge amount of progress that has been made.

“I am very much looking forward to seeing the construction of the hospital progress and coming back when it is complete and ready to be opened.”

Mike Leto, Project Director for Amber Solutions for Care said: “This is an exciting stage in the re-development of Townlands, which will provide the NHS with real value for money in enhancing the community’s existing healthcare facilities. We are looking forward to managing the project in partnership with NHS Property Services and VINCI Construction UK.”

The central part of the site will be devoted to healthcare and will provide a variety of services, including inpatient, outpatient and ambulatory care, x-ray, podiatry, physiotherapy and dentistry.

There will be a specialist 12-bed hospice in the new hospital. On the remainder of the site, Oxfordshire County Council and their partners will also develop a 64-bed care home, while the existing land and Listed Buildings will be adapted and extended to provide 32 assisted-living and 12 new "key worker" residences.

NHS Property Services owns the 2.36 hectare Townlands site and Amber Solutions for Care has been appointed to design, build, fund and maintain the new health facility. Construction will take around two years.

Councillor Ian Reissmann, Chair of the Townlands Steering Group, said: “Today is an exciting day for everyone in and around Henley who relies on Townlands Hospital.

“The community has been unwavering in its support for Townlands and ensuring this redevelopment secures its long-term future in a 21st Century setting.

“It has been a long struggle since the War Memorial Hospital closed in 1983 and we would like to thank and congratulate everyone involved for their hard work and commitment in getting the project to this point with construction underway.

“We are now looking forward to seeing the build progress and the new facilities open in 2016.”

NHS Property Services, Amber Solutions for Care, VINCI Construction UK and Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group will be holding regular public information sessions starting later in the summer to keep the local community up-to-date with the progress of the development.

For further information about Amber Solutions for Care please contact:

Erica Sibree +44 (0)20 7939 0558
Amber Fund Management Limited

Ed Berry/Mitch Barltrop +44 (0)20 3727 1046/1039
FTI Consulting

Notes to Editors

About Amber Solutions for Care

Amber Solutions for Care provides whole life asset management solutions to existing hospital projects and actively develops new healthcare projects through long-term partnerships and partnering frameworks. Amber Solutions for Care forms part of Amber Infrastructure Group (Amber), a leading international infrastructure specialist, providing asset management and investment advisory services in respect of over £5 billion of assets in the UK, Europe, Australia and North America. Amber’s core business focuses on sourcing, developing, advising on, investing in and managing infrastructure assets within the utilities, PPP, transport, renewable energy and regeneration sectors.

Amber provides investment advisory services to FTSE 250 listed infrastructure investment company, International Public Partnerships Limited as well as private investment funds, specialising in urban regeneration and energy efficiency. Amber is headquartered in London with offices in Munich, Sydney, Melbourne and San Francisco and employs approximately 70 people, making it one of the largest international infrastructure specialists.

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