Historic Welsh workhouse now hospital undergoing £15m futureproof redevelopment

14 September, 2021

Located only a short trip away from the west coast of Wales, Bro Ddyfi Community Hospital is undergoing a significant redevelopment to change the lives of those living in Machynlleth for generations to come by improving health and social care.

Operating under Perfect Circle’s unique collaboration, we have been appointed by Powys Teaching Health Board (PTHB) to provide our specialist project management, cost management and CDM advice services to see the former Machynlleth Union Workhouse into its next chapter as an integrated health and well-being facility for the local community.

Pick Everard Strategic Projects Director, Mike Petersen, said: “It means a lot to us to be providing management services to the Bro Ddyfi Community Hospital regeneration project in North Wales. We’re passionate about ensuring everyone has access to high quality healthcare and understand the important role that this center plays in the lives of local residents.

“Collaborating with the many project stakeholders, we’re excited to be bringing our healthcare expertise to the table while exploring all perspectives so that everyone will be happy with the outcome. Bringing together bring the GP practice, NHS, social care and third sector colleagues echoes our passion for collaboration and integration, and we’re delighted to be involved in the life changing project.”

The Bro Ddyfi Community Hospital has a rich history. Originally built in 1860 as the Machynlleth Union Workhouse, it later became the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital and then the Machynlleth Chest Hospital before settling on its current role. The hospital is a significant piece of the jigsaw within the local community, so building on its history while respecting its past is particularly important.

Based on this, and our existing commitment to completing stakeholder engagement wherever possible, we have been working within the local community to ensure that the project will achieve maximum benefit for those that will inherit and continue the legacy of the new community hub.

As well as integrating primary care services into the hospital site, the facility will provide a base for health, local authority and third-sector teams, encouraging improved integration and efficiency and supporting wellbeing, prevention and health promotion.

The project, which started in May 2021 and is expected to complete at the end of 2022, sees us working in collaboration with contractor Willmott Dixon via SCAPE Consultancy, a direct award framework that drives collaboration, efficiency, time and cost savings.

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