Northampton General Hospital – New Cardiology & Nuclear Medicine Facility

Healthcare

Project details
Client
Northampton General NHS Trust
Address
Location
Northampton
City
Northampton
Duration
70
Valuation
£13m
Category
Healthcare
Size

CONSTRUCTION OF NEW CARDIOLOGY & NUCLEAR MEDICINE FACILITY

INTRODUCTION:

JCT Design & Build Contract for the construction of a new Cardiology & Nuclear Medicine Facility in Northampton General to provide new ward space (Dryden & Creaton), Operating Theatres and Clean Room Facility.

PROJECT OVERVIEW:

In their previous employments Alcema colleagues worked together to construct this £13 million facility for Northampton General Healthcare Trust as a follow on project to the successfully delivered Linear Accelerator Unit. This was a small sloping site with significant live underground services and existing live buildings to build over.

SCOPE OF WORKS:

The works involved piled foundations between live buildings and around the extensive live underground services, plus building directly over the top of the hospitals main IT suite, main corridor, restaurant and main access road. Ground penetrating underground mapping surveys proved very valuable throughout the groundworks.

The building was constructed using a steel frame with a mixture of Metalrib decking and precast concrete hollowcore units & stairs. The walls were microrib and rainscreen clad, whilst the roofs were single ply.

Due to the complexity of the project our team chose to employ their own in house groundworks team to ensure continuity of work and standing time problems were eliminated; thus allowing them to focused in the key project areas. Due to the compact site size, they had to use a small size pile rigs and had to overcome numerous below ground obstructions including rock.

The steel frame design was extremely complex and many design team meetings were held to integrate all of the specialist companies; thus ensuring they could overcome any potential issues and ensure a collaborative understanding of the existing site constraints.

The building was heavily serviced and included specialist reverse osmosis pipework running through the building. The team employed the Trusts incumbent specialists for many trades, such as Wandsworth who dealt with the nurse call system, and others who tied into the existing hospital facilities etc.

To ensure they could achieve handover on time they had to devise a plan to completely fit out the building in 12 weeks from watertight date. Whilst this was extremely challenging, the team had an excellent supportive supply chain that delivered on every front and To ensure they could achieve handover on time they had to develop a programme to completely fit out the building in 12 weeks from watertight date. Whilst this was extremely challenging, the team had an excellent supportive supply chain that delivered on every front and adhered to the required handover date.

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