Interserve Press Office | Feb 06, 2012
Interserve, the international support services and construction group, has successfully handed over a £13 million two-year phased programme of works at Royal Bolton Hospital on behalf of Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, working closely alongside architects AFL.
The mixed new-build and refurbishment ProCure21 Framework project showcases Interserve’s approach to tackling the challenges of working in a live hospital environment. In addition, the scheme demonstrates some innovative solutions from Interserve which, in conjunction with a range of other factors and initiatives developed by the Trust, resulted in significant savings. Interserve Engineering Services was an integral part of this process.
A new maternity theatre suite was constructed by Interserve adjacent to live hospital facilities, allowing existing maternity theatres to be taken offline sequentially and refurbished. This approach enabled two theatres to remain operational at all times. The maternity unit now has three operational theatres. In addition, Interserve extended the existing plant room, located above a live ward.
The original concept for the delivery suites was to use modular buildings. However, Interserve offered the Trust an alternative in-situ solution, comprising concrete floors and insulated walls, supported by a lightweight structural frame clad with either rain screen cladding or render.
Commenting on this approach, Phil Shaw, Regional Construction Manager of Interserve said:
“This solution meant we had better control, flexibility in design and a supply chain we knew to be tried, tested and reliable. M&E services could thereby be more easily integrated with the general M&E infrastructure. The saving that our solution generated for the Trust allowed an additional external theatre to be built, which had not been part of the original plans.”
The conversion of the Health Records department and refurbishment of existing wards was undertaken to create a large integrated paediatric ward. This was within a live working clinical environment adjacent to operational wards. Interserve was tasked with developing solutions to deal with a variety of challenges, including:
- Ensuring all existing escape routes and pathways were maintained
- Full engineering services were available to the hospital at all times
- Patient and visitor privacy and dignity were maintained
- Existing regimes were maintained
- Ensuring the impact of Interserve’s work caused minimum disruption
- Ensuring that no unplanned events occurred
Commenting on the partnership between Interserve and Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, Moira Roberts, the Trust’s MIB Implementation Manager, said:
“We have been working with Interserve for over two years. During this time we have worked together to produce facilities of which we can all be very proud.”
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