Major new NHS blood centre handover at Capitol Park, Barnsley

Pictured from left are Chris Marshall of CDP Marshall, Chris Sims NHSBT, Coun Roy Miller and Matt Gladstone of Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council and the new blood facility

A major new NHS facility will be handed over at the flourishing Capitol Park Barnsley at Dodworth by Junction 37 of the M1.

NHS Blood and Transplant signed a deal with CDP Marshall, the developers of Capitol Park, to build a new 75,000 sq ft bespoke blood facility last year. The building is now complete and, following a comprehensive fit-out, staff will move in next year.

Marshalls have worked closely with the Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council and Enterprising Barnsley to bring the project to fruition.

A spokesman for CDP Marshall said: “We are delighted this high-quality building is now complete. I believe the decision to site this bespoke NHS blood centre here is an endorsement of the location of Capitol Park, Barnsley, which is already established as one of the finest mixed-use business parks in South Yorkshire.

“The site is recognised as a business park location with occupiers having a very significant impact on the local economy, contributing to a very prosperous future for Barnsley.”

He added: “This development also underlines that Marshalls, as one of the largest commercial development companies in the North of England, are able to respond quickly to occupiers’ requirements by offering bespoke build to suit options.”

NHS Blood and Transplant is responsible for blood, organ, tissue and stem cell donation. It carries out cutting edge research and provides specialist services to hospitals in the region. The new centre will be home to many teams and functions including specialist laboratories, specialist nurses in organ donation and support services.

Coun Roy Miller, Barnsley MBC Cabinet Spokesperson for Place, said: “We’re delighted to welcome the new NHS Blood and Transplant centre to Capitol Park in Barnsley. “The purpose-built state of the art facility will provide world class services and training amenities here in the heart of Yorkshire.”

Chris Sims, accountable executive for NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “It has been fantastic to see the building taking shape and we are very excited about the next phase of development of our state-of-the-art centre. Now the centre has been handed over, we can begin the extensive fit-out of the interior. We expect the facility to be open by summer 2020.

“Barnsley will be a great place from which to deliver our life saving and life enhancing work and will allow us to develop the services we provide to hospitals in the region.”

Rebecca Schofield, partner and head of property consultancy Knight Frank’s industrial property team in Yorkshire, who is advising Marshalls, commented: “This is tremendous news for Capitol Park. Our client was able to offer a bespoke solution swiftly for NHS Blood and Transplant which helped secure the deal.

“In addition, Capitol Park’s location is a major asset. It is immediately adjacent to J37 M1 and two miles from Barnsley town centre. Sheffield, Rotherham, Wakefield and Leeds are within easy reach, as is the M62, M18 and A1(M) motorways.”

Mike Heydecke, director of Sterling Capitol, the original developers of the 36-acre Capitol Park, said: “I am delighted that Capitol Park Barnsley is continuing to succeed and the unrivalled location proves attractive to both local, regional and national occupiers.’’

Once fully developed, more than 1000 jobs will be created at Capitol Park, as it is transformed into a quality business park.


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