BAM Construction has received a prestigious LABC (Local Authority Building Control) award for the extension and refurbishment of the General Intensive Care Unit (GICU) at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS).
The £22 million state-of-the-art GICU, designed by architect Stride Treglown and delivered during the pandemic, was named ‘Best Non-residential Extension or Alteration of the Year’ at the 2021 LABC Awards event.
The GICU is situated on the first floor of a four-storey extension at the front of the UHS’ main site, Southampton General Hospital, with close links to other critical care departments, operating theatres and diagnostics.
The facility’s design followed extensive consultation with clinical staff that highlighted the impact that internal environment can have on patients’ wellbeing and recovery, including emphasis on the use of natural daylight to create a sense of connection to the outside. The unit’s requirements of observation, privacy and flexibility are also balanced with a mix of open bays and isolation rooms, including a specialist burns room with humidity control.
BAM worked closely with the Trust’s Estate Project team, who provided P22 Project Management and Supervisor roles and who instigated a robust BIM and asset modelling requirement to facilitate the project’s maintenance and future management.