A logistically challenging remodelling of the Ophthalmology Department encompassing the courtyard and areas of the adjoining departments in an occupied building.
The Ophthalmology unit at the hospital provides the full range of services including retinal repairs, an emergency GP hotline and A&E for patients with eye complaints.
This project was very logistically challenging – removing earth and importing concrete and steel into a courtyard surrounded by live clinical areas. The existing courtyard was converted into a waiting area by forming a new timber roof supported by structural steelwork. The rooms surrounding the courtyard were refurbished in phases with direct access to each room from the courtyard, greatly increasing patient flow and ease of access.
Surgical rooms were completely revamped, whilst other rooms had new hand wash basins and fitted furniture.
All this was carried out without closing the department at any stage or effecting their day to day operations.
This project required close coordination between the Beard and clinical teams. Our team managed deliveries and coordinated crane visits around clinical requirements.
The concrete and screed from the courtyard was pumped over the existing building so as not to impact on hospital access routes.
The site team adapted construction methods to keep noise and dust to a minimum, they worked out of hours, created sealed hoardings to the site perimeter and used dust suppression techniques.
Phasing was enabled through close coordination with our supply chain and driving for prompt and faultless delivery at all times. We worked to a rigid programme and snagged work as we went along so as to not delay the clinical teams moving in to an area and therefore releasing the subsequent phase to us. At PC we handed over with zero defects.
“Beard have been a fantastic team to work with from start to finish. They showed exceptional discretion when managing a complex build within a busy clinical area and were responsive and accommodating to the team’s requests. The quality of the building work is second to none and the team have been both professional and friendly throughout the project.”
Lucy Clements Head of Operations and Performance for Surgery and Oncology
Royal Surrey County Hospital
Drake & Kannemeyer
Drake & Kannemeyer
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