The Roost, the accommodation block for staff at Diana Princess of Wales Hospital in Grimsby, has won the Project of the Year Award at the Government Property Awards 2020.
Run by the Office of Government Property, the awards recognise the very best in public sector property development and project management.
The Roost is a £16.4 million key worker accommodation block located in the hospital grounds. It opened in January 2019 and contains 220 en-suite apartments and rooms, housing medical students, clinical and support staff.
Jug Johal, Director of Estates and Facilities at Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust, said: “This is a fantastic result for the Trust and I would like to thank everyone involved in the project which was completed on time and to budget.
“Getting national recognition for our work is great but the proof of the success of the project in how much it is being used. The average occupancy for The Roost during the first year of operation is consistently above 90 per cent, and was 97 per cent in November 2019. These levels of occupancy mean we have been able to generate savings in energy costs and out-performed our income projections.
“Most importantly, though, the accommodation block has been cited by many new members of staff as one of the key reasons why they have wanted to come and work for the Trust and in Grimsby. That’s the real mark of success for both me and the Trust more widely.”
The historic need for new accommodation at Grimsby was huge. The previous accommodation facilities, around 200 units, were not very energy efficient and were only occupied around 60% of the time. Now the Trust has an award-winning block which is helping to attract staff to work at the hospital.
The project was procured using the Government Procure 21 plus framework, with WT Partnership as project manager and cost advisor to the Trust and Kier Group were the Trust’s Construction Partner.