The construction team behind the new neonatal intensive care centre at Glan Clwyd Hospital in Bodelwyddan, North Wales, has been given a vote of confidence following an independent inspection.
The team, from BAM Construction, were inspected by the Considerate Contractors Scheme (CCS) which assesses over 10,000 construction projects every year.
Works on the £18 million neonatal unit – which was procured via the Welsh Health framework Designed for Life - were scored as ‘exceptional’ on three counts and merely excellent on the remaining two, ranking it as close to exceptional overall.
The team scored 90% for the site’s appearance, its respect for the community, and for securing safety. It ranked 80% for environmental protection and valuing its workforce. The score in the UK is around 70%.
Paul Virdi, project manager for BAM, which is working for the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, said:
“Our works are surrounded by the existing hospital, operational wards and offices. It puts a special emphasis on how we work being co-ordinated closely with the Hospital and its staff.
“We have to think at each turn about the movement of patients and staff every bit as much as we do about lorries and materials. The sequence of our construction programme reflects this partnership, not just the technical needs of the structure.
“Of all the places you need to be considerate, surely a hospital is the most important. I’m delighted our approach has received this recognition. We thank the hospital’s staff for working so closely with us.”
The partnership between BAM and Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board previously helped to deliver the hospital’s cancer treatment centre.
Mandy Cooke, Neonatal Service Manager for the Health Board, said: “We’re pleased that the BAM team have received a well-deserved positive report from the Considerate Constructors Scheme.
“We know that visiting a hospital can be a really difficult time for both patients and their families, so the efforts the team have gone to minimise disruption has been greatly appreciated by everyone on site.”
BAM hands over the current phase of construction for its occupation next month, although works continue on other areas.
Our works are surrounded by the existing hospital, operational wards and offices. It puts a special emphasis on how we work being co-ordinated closely with the Hospital and its staff." Paul Virdi, project manager for BAM