VALUE: £12m
LOCATION: Manchester
DURATION: July 2015 - ongoing

Working with the Trust to maintain, improve, upgrade, and refurbish their hospital estate.

In July 2015, we were appointed onto the Measured Term Contract Framework with Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, one of the largest acute Trusts in the UK, who serve the communities across Manchester, Greater Manchester, North Manchester, and the Northwest. We have worked with the Trust to maintain, improve, upgrade, and refurbish their hospital estate which includes Trafford General Hospital, the birthplace of the NHS.

The Manchester Royal Infirmary (MRI) encompasses many specialists’ hospital and departments including:

  • Manchester Royal Eye Hospital
  • Manchester Children’s Hospital
  • Saint Mary’s Hospital
  • Old Saint Mary’s Hospital
  • Clinical Sciences Centre
  • Peter Mount Building
  • Patrick Clyne Building
  • Undergraduate Centre
  • Old School of Physio

What type of projects did Novus deliver?

    • Major capital investment programme
    • Internal Refurbishment
    • Infrastructure upgrades including fire stopping works and M&E upgrades
    • Maintenance and lifecycle improvement work

What works did Novus carry out?


In 2017, Novus completed a ward refurbishment within the Service Unit. The refurbishment was needed in order to create new treatment bays, a staff office, nurse base, reception area and welfare facilities.


In 2019, Novus carried out a full refurbishment of the common areas within the Trust Head Office at Cobbett House . This included the main stair core, installation of new lifts and ground floor toilets which involved creating temporary facilities. Novus also carried out The Hive Development which was the creation of a new chemical gas store, as well as Carmoor Road Carpark alterations, which included creating new pedestrian access gates and the installation of new signage.


In 2019, Novus completed alterations to the Chest Clinic. This included creating a new layout which involved new openings for doors, blocking up old doorways, new kitchen units and worktops. Roof repairs at the IVF Clinic were also carried out by us as well as a second-floor kitchen refurbishment at Cobbett House.

In addition to this, 2019 saw us convert an old doctors’ residence on third floor of Cobbett House. into a high specification office space for the Trust. This included creating desk space, a canteen, breakout areas and private offices.

Old steam heaters were also replaced with electrical heating at the Hospitals Social Club.


In 2020, Novus completed first floor alterations of Cobbett House to create a new office layout, along with Façade Repairs to the Grade II listed building. Remedial works to the chapel were also undertaken as part of a long-term project to bring the building back into use.


2021 saw Novus create a new Arts & Wellbeing Centre within Peter Mount. The works included creating workstations, a darkroom, kitchen, welfare facilities and private meeting rooms. The state-of-the-art centre has been set up in order to support NHS staff in Manchester.

What challenges were faced?

We had the challenge of working in live hospital environments. To overcome this, our teams carried out the works with minimal noise and disruption to the staff and the public.

Darren Hussey, Contracts Manager at Novus said:

Novus has a long experience of delivering refurbishments and repairs, and we are excited to take on the contract at Central Manchester University Hospital. Our workforce has a vast amount of experience of working in the hospital environment and we are always ready for testing challenges. We are constantly improving as we strive to deliver the best service and value for money that we possibly can, to enhance our relationship with the Trust.

Following on from my progress meeting with the users I would like to feedback that they are pleased with the programme dates and are elated that good progress is being made toward completion so thank you both for your support. Liz said “you’ve made about 50 of my staff instantly happier” Let’s keep it going as a team!’

Ben Guymer, Assistant Building Surveyor – Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

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