This major investment project for the hospital delivered a 14-bed Critical Care Unit that has all the associated technology and equipment required to provide a modern, patient focused environment. A dedicated facility for relatives recognises the emotional effect on families and friends that can occur when loved ones are in hospital. This is transforming the delivery of care for patients, visitors and staff.
A warm and inviting new main entrance was built with pleasant waiting and café areas, a shop and additional public amenities. A new health and wellbeing zone offers the opportunity for advice, support and carer liaison services.
The project was delivered on a very busy hospital site and adjacent to the Accident and Emergency department. The building has been designed and constructed with the future capability of extending upwards to provide an additional two ward floors.
- A 23 week enabling phase included extensive intrusive surveys, services diversions (telecoms, water, steam main), bus stop relocation, and the demolition of the existing shop and main entrance.
- Delivery on a busy hospital site.
How these were delivered:
- We relocated the main entrance of the hospital to Level 2 (instead of Level 4) temporarily whilst the works were carried out, this included redirection of traffic whilst ensuring the ambulance route remained free at all times.
- All works were carried out in strict coordination with the Trust’s Estates department, and included consultation with stakeholders to implement logistics planning and out-of-hours working. Liaison with ward matrons to agree mitigation measures, i.e. infection prevention procedures, took place prior to works being undertaken. The welfare and absolute minimisation of disturbance to patients, visitors and hospital staff was of paramount importance throughout the contract programme.