M&S rumour as hospital reveals plan for new shops
THREE new shops will form part of major redevelopment works at Swansea’s Morriston Hospital.
A mixture of coffee shops, newsagents and convenience stores will be incorporated into the multi-million pound redevelopment of the hospital.
Retail giant Marks & Spencer had been rumoured as a possible tenant looking to launch a food outlet at Morriston.
The firm, which operates a major outlet on Oxford Street in Swansea, currently runs six outlets in hospitals across the UK in locations such as the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading and Forth Valley Hospital in Falkirk.
However, a spokesman for Marks & Spencer said it could not comment on a possible opening at Morriston Hospital at this stage.
He said: “We are always looking to ensure that we have a relevant local offer for our customers but don’t have anything to comment on at this stage.”
Work has already started on a £40 million extension to the hospital which is being carried out by BAM Construct UK opposite the multistorey car park on site.
A spokeswoman for the Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board confirmed three shops would be a component of the overall redevelopment of the hospital.
She said: “No decision has been made as to which retailers will be available in the new main entrance to Morriston Hospital. The contracts for these will not be decided until closer to the completion of the work, which will be in September 2014.
“There will be three retail outlets at the main entrance to Morriston Hospital as part of its redevelopment.
“They will be a mixture of coffee shops, newsagents and convenience stores.”
More than 300 construction workers will be on site at the peak periods in development of the extension to Morriston Hospital.
BAM Construct UK project manager Andrew Cavil said: “There is a very strong emphasis on employing as many local people as possible.
“It is one of the key performance indicators we are measured on.”