Construction set to begin on new Townlands Hospital

by Graham Saunders

Construction of the new £10.4 million Townlands Hospital development in Henley is set to begin, with all major partners now signed up and ready to go.

The achievement of the key milestone comes after several weeks of intensive negotiations, with vital support from local health partners, civic leaders and residents.

James Wakeham, South Regional Director of NHS Property Services, said: “It is extremely pleasing to deliver this milestone achievement to the people and patients of Henley-on-Thames and to signal that the redevelopment of the site can now get underway.

“I would like to thank members of the local Townlands Steering Group, colleagues at Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, NHS England, and local councils for their continued support and commitment to the project.”

NHS Property Services owns the 2.36 hectare Townlands site, which is a key element of South Oxfordshire District Council’s plan for the development of Henley.

Amber Solutions for Care has been appointed to design, build, fund and maintain the new health facility. Construction will take around two years.

Stefan Gawrysiak, Mayor of Henley on Thames, said: “We are all delighted by this fantastic news. I would like to thank NHS Property Services colleagues for their professionalism and dedication in making this happen. They have kept us fully up-to-date on the progress and developments at all stages, and it is thanks to their hard work that we are finally at the stage when work can begin.”

Councillor Ian Reissmann, Chair of the Townlands Steering Group, said: “This is the best possible news for the people of Townlands, who have been unwavering in their support for this redevelopment. We would like to thank and congratulate everyone involved for their hard work and commitment in delivering this great result. We are now looking forward to working with the developer and seeing the build get underway.”

Gareth Kenworthy, Chief Finance Officer at Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, added: “We thank and congratulate all the partners involved in reaching this important milestone. Once the new site opens it will provide a better range of services for local people and patients to help further improve their health and wellbeing.”