This project has recently handed over and was one of our most challenging projects to date due to its extremely tight programme timescales. Situated in a live hospital environment, the scheme has seen us deliver £1million of alterations sporadically located across the large hospital site, within a 12-week period.
The key aim of the project was to create an extra 22 beds across the Hospital. To do this, we had to rationalise existing space within the areas of the hospital. These mostly included the non-clinical office and welfare areas. We re-located 35 members of staff to free up space for the new clinical areas; and created two new main areas for these staff which accommodated 60 staff at any one time. We further created new kitchens, doctors offices, changing facilities and locker rooms. The Clinical areas included 9 newly refurbished and converted rooms for 22 extra beds. These works were located in different areas across two main blocks, and all of our work was within live hospital operational environments. This is the most challenging of environments you can work in due to the highly sensitive nature of the people situated in these areas.
Staff and patients were in the closest proximity to our works throughout the whole project life, and our engagement with them was critical to the success of the works. We held regular engagement sessions; communicated daily with all end users; clearly segregated our works; had specialist protection measures in place to minimise dust, noise and general disruption. We delivered the project in two phases and spent considerable time assisting the teams at the Hospital with their decanting process. The transition for both staff and patients has been seamless and the relationships created have been extremely significant and a core reason for the success on one of our most challenging schemes.