When it comes to firsts, construction worker Fraser Meredith has started well – on Walsall’s new Urgent and Emergency Care Centre.
For Fraser, this is the first hospital project he has worked on and, as it has started to dominate the skyline, he enjoys bringing it to the attention of friends and relatives.
Assistant Surveyor Fraser, 25, who lives in Pheasey, has been working on the c£40m new build for the last six months.
“It’s very rewarding to be part of such a big development, and I always point it out to friends and family because I want people to know I’ve worked on such an amazing project,” he said.
“This is the first hospital job I have worked on as I usually work on schools, so the biggest challenges for me are looking at all the different details and specifications.”
There’s no shortage of pride when it comes to showcasing the new build, as Fraser is happy to acknowledge, especially as it will benefit his own community.
“I am proud to say I have worked on it. My family are proud of me for being part of something that will not only benefit the local community but some day may be of use to them also,” added Fraser, who has worked for Tilbury Douglas for seven years.
“It provides the local community with a state-of-the-art facility, and it has allowed local labour to get involved and be part of the construction.
“I think the new build is a magnificent building, especially the stand-out green and blue coloured cladding along the north and west elevation.”
Fraser believes patients and staff will be equally impressed by the new building when they go inside for the first time.
And he revealed how someone close to him will soon benefit from the new facilities.
“I think staff and patients will be very impressed with the new spacious and modern design,” he said.
“I have a younger sister who is diabetic so will therefore benefit straight away from being able to use the new facility.”