Working on a live hospital site
Part of the project involved remodelling existing accommodation in the Paediatric and Maternity units. The SurNICC seamlessly connects to the Maternity delivery unit and the general circulation corridors that feed other areas of the hospital.
One of the biggest challenges for the project team was that the work had to be carried out in a live setting, without disrupting the day-to-day running of the hospital. The project was divided into three phases to minimise disturbance.
For example, BAM was not allowed to carry out intrusive surveys on the site, due to the highly sensitive nature of live clinical areas. So the surveys were completed in small sections, and only when these areas were free from patients.
Most of the works on the existing building involved bringing subcontractors, equipment and materials through live wards. Clinical staff also had to be able to access all areas during the build. This was unavoidable – due to the nature of the site – but it was all managed and meticulously planned with key stakeholders and ward staff.
Work would often be taking place next to a live operating theatre, birthing room or doctor’s study. So noise levels had to be assessed and monitored at all times – especially during the demolition phases – and measures were put into place to eliminate or mitigate the effects of noise, dust and vibration.
BAM adopted a ‘lean’ approach, where materials were measured before they were transported: leading to a reduction in waste or surplus materials that might have to be transported back through the hospital once a job was finished.
With numerous different personnel coming and going to work on site for the various contractors involved, the BAM project team and the hospital management also worked closely together to ensure security and confidentiality.