Specialist dialysis healthcare provider B Braun Avitum have secured a 10 year contract to work with Cardiff and Vale University Health Board to extend kidney dialysis treatment closer to patient homes across South East Wales. By July 2017 five renal dialysis treatment centres will be operated by the company in South Wales, to provide specialist daily treatment to NHS patients.
The service, provided by existing units in Llantrisant and North Cardiff (Pentwyn) will be enhanced by 3 brand new units in South Cardiff (Penarth), Newport (Cleppa Park), and Pontypool (Mamhilad Park).
Huw Thomas of Commercial Property Consultancy who acted for B Braun in the acquisitions explained…
‘It was clear from the outset there was a shortage of good quality buildings ‘oven ready’ so we had to adopt a different approach in each case’.
‘In Cardiff,Penarth Road was the right location & we found a brand new 9500 sq ft unit in the early stages of construction by developers Formaction. We were able to influence the landlords CAT A finish at an early stage to ensure the tenants CAT B specialist fitout was not compromised. The installation of customised drainage channels for the specialist dialysis units was critical to the process’.
‘In Newport, with the lack of new buildings B Braun selected Caradog House, an older 10,300 sq ft building at Cleppa Park which was stripped back to open plan & adapted well as a treatment centre.The landlords Kames Capital were represented by Cooke & Arkwright.’
‘ In Pontypool at Mamhilad Park we identified an existing 6600 sq ft building , Caerleon House.It offered a self contained wing with independent access which the landlords Johnsey Estates stripped back to ‘shell’ to accommodate the tenant’s specialist water treatment equipment’.
‘In all cases, B Braun applied for planning consent for D1(clinic) use, accommodating daycare patients who are able to drive themselves but also ambulatory cases. Patients need treatment three times a week 52 weeks of the year’.
‘As well as providing in centre day care treatment, two of the units have dedicated patient training rooms, where patients can be trained by NHS staff to carry out their dialysis treatment in their own homes’.
‘The specialist fitout in each case was carried out by Lacunar Healthcare Projects. The South Cardiff Unit became operational in September 2016, Newport in January 2017, and Pontypool July 2017’.