Boost to economy as Brighton welcomes new private hospital

April 2011

A new £25 million private hospital offering 21st Century care is coming to Brighton and Hove.

The Montefiore Hospital will breathe new life into the former Legal & General building on the corner of Davigdor Road and Montefiore Road. The building, which is owned by Scottish Widows Investment Partnership (SWIP), will be managed by award-winning Spire Healthcare, who have more than 25 years’ experience running high quality private hospitals.

The state-of-the-art development will create more than 100 local jobs and generate a welcome stream of new business for nearby shops.

The hospital will be headed up by Matthew Dronsfield (pictured above), who will also oversee the 15-month construction phase. The currently empty building will be fitted out with cutting-edge medical equipment and an interior that is modern and contemporary – qualities synonymous with Brighton itself.

On completion in summer 2012, The Montefiore Hospital will offer patients in and around the Brighton and Hove area some of the most up-to-date clinical care in the country.

Patients will be treated for a broad range of conditions, from MRI scans and detailed diagnostic investigations to minor procedures and hip replacements.

Hospital director Matthew Dronsfield said the new development would herald the next chapter in superlative private healthcare in the city.

He said: “The Montefiore Hospital aims to deliver the best care available anywhere in the country, right on the doorstep of the city’s 250,000 residents. It represents a tremendously exciting development and should make the city an even more desirable place to live and work.”

The building has been cleared and cleaned, and interior decorators will soon be moving in to transform the inside of the five-storey site.

Designs for the new hospital have been drawn up by Brighton & Hove architects Nightingale Associates.

Associate Director Richard Ager said: “Spire wanted us to focus on quality, innovation and sustainability. The interior design of the hospital has been influenced by some of the city’s top boutique hotels to give patients an exceptional visual experience.”

There will be no change to the exterior of the building so disruption to neighbours will be kept to a minimum.

Matthew said it was part of the Spire Healthcare ethos to use local companies whenever possible.

He said: “We are committed to supporting the local economy. We chose Brighton based architects Nightingale for the design work and building contractor A.F. Pilbeam in Southwick to strip out the 5,500sq metre office block.”

The site has remained empty for six years following the relocation of Legal & General. It was built in 1890 as a furniture storage base for Hanningtons Department Store.

Gerry Ferguson, Head of Wholesale Real Estate funds at SWIP comments:
“As property fund managers, we are delighted to be funding an innovative project of this quality. The hospital  is a prime development in a prime location and has attracted a high-calibre tenant in Spire Healthcare. Our research of the Brighton economy, its demographics and also the business model of Spire Healthcare make me confident that this will be a successful investment for SWIP."

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