Work has started on the £22.9M redevelopment of the ground and first floors on the main building to provide modern and well-designed clinical accommodation and to bring the various outpatient services together so improving the patient experience.
The ground floor includes the following facilities and services:
On the first floor the following services will be provided:
A new roof being formed over the western courtyard to extend the clinical and waiting space. The external facade including new entrance lobbies and windows to the main entrance and UCC will provide a fresh, improved look to the front of Block B.
We will be replacing the drafty old timber windows externally and in the courtyards with new metal windows to improve the appearance and enhance the thermal efficiency of the building. New heating and LED lighting is proposed in the refurbished areas improving the environment with the added benefit of reducing our energy bills.
New signage and way finding is planned both externally and internally and had been developed with the help of patient groups to ensure it is clear concise, and easy to understand.
The internal work started April 2016 with an expected completion May 2017, further works are at feasibility stage which includes the redevelopment of the second and third floors of the main building which are planned to start early 2017. These works will include the following services:
The Daycase theatres and imaging (including X-ray, Ultrasound and mammography) will remain in Block A and starting in early 2017 will be improved with new lighting, heating and decorations.
Please note - the entrance to B Block will be closed from September 16th 2016 - click here to see a map (PDF).
Progress is on programme. We did have a delay in installing the concrete pipes to support the courtyard in-fill, as we found the old concrete crane base from when the hospital was built in the 1970's. Work will now start to catch up with the concrete floor being poured on the 18 Aug.
The drainage has now been completed on the ground floor areas for the new Urgent Care Centre. On the first floor GallifordTry are installing the electrical wiring and pipework in the walls for the new clinical rooms. Ventilation ducts are being installed and this week the first of the air handling units arrived to be installed on the roof.
Work is progressing well on the ground and first floor of the main building which is on programme for the building works to complete at the end of May 2017.
The walls have had their first coat of paint in the outpatient’s area. In the therapies area the walls have been ‘closed up’ and prepared ready for painting. The ventilation and water services have been installed on the first floor and are being tested.
The ground floor programme runs slightly behind the first floor due to the underground drainage installation and works for the courtyard infill, but the internal walls are now being constructed for the urgent care, blood testing, friend shop and new reception.
The old main entrance has been stripped out and doors and screens removed. Work has started on the double height atrium in the main entrance. The first stage of supporting the existing concrete floor has been completed with specially design propping, work is now underway to identify the location of the original structure, the contractor will then weaken the concrete slab before saw cutting round the edge to form the opening. Once the concrete has been cut though a hydraulic breaker will nibble the concrete to expose the metal reinforcement. The reinforcement will then be cut and reformed into the new concrete beam around the edge of the opening. The complete process is due to finish at the end of January 2017
New windows have been installed in the ground floor of the development where the Urgent Care Service is due to move to. The scaffold is now complete to the east courtyard in preparation to installing the new windows over the next three months.
The Capital Investment Committee gave the go ahead in December of the refurbishment of the area for office accommodation and hot desking space.
The area was formerly the Children's Development Centre which has move to the newly opened Acorns on the QMH site.
Work will be complete by the end of March 2017 and the area occupied by the end of April 2017.