Health, Education and Technology (HEAT) Project Salisbury launched

A new project will be launched in March 2019, which is set to regenerate the Salisbury District Hospital site, creating a modern, sustainable, environmentally-friendly centre to serve the local community’s changing needs.

The Health, Education and Technology (HEAT) Project Salisbury plans to integrate the existing hospital facility with a potential range of other services designed to complement health care. These could range from education and training to research and development.

Two public exhibitions will be held in March to understand the community’s priorities and feed these into the plans for the project.

The events will take place at the following dates and times:

  • Thursday 14th March, 14:00-18:30, Britford Memorial & Community Hall, 2 High Rd, Britford, Salisbury SP5 4DS
  • Saturday 16th March, 10:00-14:00, Red Lion Hotel, Milford St, Salisbury SP1 2AN.

Nick Marsden, Chairman at Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Salisbury District Hospital has an important place at the heart of the community: this exciting project is about educational, social, and environmental benefits as well as health.

“Like many other hospitals, we are facing a challenging future. We have to plan to ensure we can manage with increased pressures on resources, be more efficient and improve our services.

“The hospital is not a modern build but has evolved over time, becoming Salisbury’s largest employer, and a pivotal part of the local economy.

“The estate currently has a repair bill running into tens of millions of pounds, which is essential to bring it up to modern standards. This is simply not viable given the current layout and inadequacy of existing buildings.

“So we have to reconfigure to make the best of our specialist services and work with other providers that can complement our health care services. It will help us to provide an optimal service to the city and surrounding region.”

Gary Coulson, lead adviser to the joint venture board said: “This project is about remodelling and facilitating the changes needed to modernise our approach to how the hospital can adapt to serve the community and the region, and contribute more positively to the economic sustainability of the City.”

“We want Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust to thrive and be successful, with the resources to attract and retain talented people, working in modern, well designed sustainable buildings.

“It is also about creating a development that is sensitive to its unique setting and can capitalise on this as a centre of excellence for health and wellbeing. The surrounding landscape and countryside are precious to visitors, patients and staff alike and we are determined to make the place that we create better for all.

“Salisbury is deeply in need of economic regeneration and this scheme could be pivotal. The project would help support the City, bringing more diverse employment opportunities underpinned by the provision of a wider choice of higher education courses and lifelong learning.”

Health, Education and Technology (HEAT) Project Salisbury is a working title. As part of the consultation, the public is also being invited to suggest potential names for the project either at the exhibition or by visiting www.heatprojectsalisbury.co.uk

Timescales for the project are not fixed, but it is anticipated a planning application will be made in spring 2020.