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Sir Robert McAlpine selected as contractor for £72.6m CEDAR upgrade programme by CNTW

Date: 14/04/2021

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We’re delighted to announce that Sir Robert McAlpine have been selected as the design and construction delivery partner on the £72.6m CEDAR (Care Environment Development And Re-provision) for the Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (CNTW).


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Pagabo Procured

This is a real flagship scheme for our Major Works framework as it not only involves one of our closest partners in Sir Robert McAlpine, but also the host of the framework in CNTW who utilised it to procure the project.  


What does the CEDAR programme include?

Northgate - the creation of a new integrated mental health and learning disability medium-secure centre of excellence at Northgate Hospital, Morpeth;

Ferndene - the reconfiguration of the award-winning children and young people’s mental health and learning disability Ferndene Unit at Prudhoe;

Bamburgh - the reconfiguration and re-provision of mental health adult acute inpatient services for Newcastle and Gateshead at St Nicholas Hospital’s Bamburgh Unit in Gosforth.



Improving mental health provisions in the North East

At Northgate, the new medium secure centre will facilitate the best in mental health provision for patients in the region, whilst remodelling of the Ferndene young people’s mental health and learning disability unit at Prudhoe will see the conversion of two wards to medium secure standards.

Construction at the Northgate and Ferdene hospitals is already underway with works due to be completed by December 2022 in order to start welcoming patients early 2023.  

On completion of the Northgate and Ferndene projects, work at the Bamburgh Clinic, located at St Nicholas Hospital in Gosforth, will commence. This involves the remodelling and extension of the existing building.

The work is being delivered through a project partnership with design team Medical Architecture, Cad 21 and BGP.


Stuart McArthur, Health Sector Leader at Sir Robert McAlpine, said: “This client is an experienced NHS procurer, committed to modern methods and working with an established supply chain of collaborating partners. The Pagabo framework has allowed this high performing team to be quickly procured, with full governance, under a framework with positive behaviours supported by the NEC contract form.”


John Carson Head of Capital Developments & Planning, NTW Solutions at CNTW, added: “These exciting projects mark just the latest in a long line of service innovations and investment in the Trust’s buildings to ensure that our service users have access to safe, high quality care, and demonstrate the Trust’s commitment to collaborative partnership working as the route to the best results.”


It's fantastic to have supported one of our framework hosts in enabling such an important scheme to them and their region. We wish Sir Robert McAlpine the best of luck in the delivery phase and can’t wait to see the positive impacts it is set to bring for years to come.


More information below:

Major Works Framework

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