The development project was managed over three phases to minimise disruption to services offered to patients and staff. The initial phase consisted of remodelling office space and toilet facilities to form a new resuscitation room. The main body of works (Phase 2) was transforming the existing ambulance bay area, main entrance and external canopy into a new larger waiting area and reception including two “See & Treat” rooms.
Phase 4 completed February 2012 was a refurbishment of the “blue light corridor” and entrance and the construction of a new ambulance bay canopy.
Budget restrictions demanded we work closely with both the client and architect to ensure the project was viable. The given programme period was extremely tight in order to achieve the improvements to the main Accident and Emergency waiting and service areas prior to the Christmas period. To work in an operational hospital with site compound and site working area within the blue light route, whilst minimising any disruption to staff, patients and operation of the facilities.
Value engineering between our project team, the architect and client during the pre-commencement period ensured the project could continue within the required budget. Pacy and Wheatley Construction's input to re-specify alternative materials and methods allowed minimal impact on the overall look, purpose and service improvements of the project. A close liaison with the hospital to agree out of hours working and the flexibility offered by our own site team & contractors allowed a successfull hand over of the new waiting area and satellite facilities, prior to the Christmas holiday period. The foreseen problems envisaged by working in such close proximity to patients whilst works were carried out in the new waiting area were mitigated by employing diligent operatives and contractors, all of whom were familiar with working in a clinical working environment. Due care and attention was paid to ensure the hospital would continue to operate around the ongoing improvements. Contractors and suppliers worked with us to ensure that the blue light route, (the only access road to the site from the compound), was left clear for emergency ambulance traffic at all times.
Delivering improvements to the service within budget allowances and on time. Working with the design team and client to consider alternative products and methods of construction ensured the scheme went ahead within the required budget. Well managed site resulted in zero reportable accidents. We successfully presented our client with a high standard of finish despite the tight programme. This was achieved by good site management, conscientious contractors and flexible working hours to ensure standards were maintained.
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