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Carillion collapse: Midland Metropolitan Hospital work resumes

Artist impression of the Midland Metropolitan Hospital Image copyright Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust
Image caption The word "university" has been added to the hospital's name while it has stood empty

Construction work has resumed at a "super-hospital" thrown into limbo for two years by the collapse of construction giant Carillion.

The newly-named Midland Metropolitan University Hospital, in Sandwell, was due to open in 2018.

Work ground to a halt when Carillion went under, leaving the unfinished building to deteriorate.

The hospital is now expected to open in 2022 and building costs are set to almost double from the original £350m.

A report by the National Audit Office said the total costs associated with the project are likely to reach £988m, of which £709m will be met by taxpayers.

Image copyright Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust
Image caption The new facility will take some services from Sandwell and City hospitals

Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust Chief Executive Toby Lewis said the restart of construction proper on Friday would "bring jobs back to our community" and would enable local businesses "to plan for their role in our future".

Originally called the Midland Metropolitan Hospital, the addition of the word university is designed to reflect collaborations with higher education establishments in Birmingham and Wolverhampton, as well as Aston Medical School.

Image copyright Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust
Image caption The 670-bed hospital is now expected to open in 2022, four years behind schedule
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Image caption The site deteriorated when it was left exposed to winter weather

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