Building work on the second phase of the Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital for Wales has hit new heights with contractors completing a St David’s Day themed topping out ceremony.

The highest point of the steel frame for the second phase of the hospital is now in place.

Noah’s Ark Chairman Lyn Jones and Vice-Chairman Eddie Haywood were joined by Jonathan Brickley, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board’s Senior Capital Planning Officer, for the traditional ceremony.

Mr Brickley said: “The highest portions of the steel work are now in place which is an important milestone in delivering the second phase of the children’s hospital. The project is progressing well and when work is completed it will provide first class facilities to build on the excellent care already being provided in Phase One for children across Wales.”

Phase Two of the Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital development will create state-of-the-art wards, four new operating theatres, a new outpatient department and dental suite, an assessment unit, a new Critical Care Unit, parents’ accommodation and facilities, education and teaching facilities, and a dedicated radiology department with MRI scanner.

The cost of building Phase Two of the Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital will be met by the Welsh Government with Noah’s Ark raising £8million to equip the hospital when it is expected to open in 2015.

Suzanne Mainwaring, Director of Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital Charity, said: “Everyone at the Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital Charity is overjoyed to see that the construction of Phase Two of our wonderful children’s hospital is on track.

“We continue to work hard not only to fund vital and life-saving equipment in this next phase but to ensure that we will always be here to support the hospital and the anticipated 100,000 babies and children in Wales who will need specialist medical care each year.”

Health Minister Lesley Griffiths AM said: “The development of this wonderful hospital is very important to the delivery of first-class and accessible health care for children.”


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