“This industry is all about a number of different partners working together and our ability to collaborate effectively is what can distinguish success from failure. It goes against the grain for any of us to single ourselves out.”
In fact, Dan and his team had to overcome a number of significant technical challenges, including collision risk from the Hospital’s nearby helipad, the problems from the magnetic field of the MRI scanners, and alterations to four potentially lethal quench pipes containing super-chilled helium at minus 270 degrees! At times, they were working just a 40mm partition away from live surgery.
Although only 35, the Sheffield-born construction professional is no stranger to creating striking structures in Leeds, having worked on the Northern Ballet School in the city, and on the Haribo factory in Pontefract.
“I think this building stands out from others because of its striking appearance. It is supported by eight 17m-long angled stilts. It’s an unusual design and people talk about it when they see it and ask why it was built like that.”
Despite the technical elements involved in creating the new facilities, it has very strong personal connections for Dan.