Upgrade of existing ward into a new state of the art Acute Medical Unit
SUMMARY / DESCRIPTION:
This was the first major project we undertook for Croydon University Hospital and lead to a further two projects which followed on.
The project was to upgrade the existing redundant ward into a new state of the art Acute Medical Unit. The work compromised alteration and refurbishment of the existing Bensham Ward 1 and 2 together with adjacent areas, to form the Bensham Acute Medical Unit (AMU), including the stripping out of the existing Wards, back to the structure and the installation of new partitions, hygienic wall linings, ceilings, flooring and high quality joinery forming Nurse bases and reception desks. New mechanical and electrical installations, air conditioning, medical gasses, new x-ray equipment and an upgrade of all existing systems.
This project had many challenges which had to be properly managed. No access through the building was permitted for our staff and operatives, so we formed a temporary entrance at first floor level by removing a window and brickwork and accessed site via a scaffold staircase. This enabled all works to be undertaken without entering the live side of the hospital.
All building services had to be fully integrated with the existing hospital systems requiring the careful forward planning of “shut downs” to maintain the full operation of the surrounding works. Penetrations had to be made through the first floor slab into the ‘live ward’ below to facilitate pipework connections into existing stacks. This involved the careful planning and coordinating with the staff and consultants running the Heart Centre in the ward below our site.
The project was delivered on time, within the budget and the client was delighted with the end result.
This project was delivered by our GPF Lewis Solutions Management Team