£3m services contract completed at Royal Hallamshire

NG Bailey has completed a £3 m services project at Royal Hallamshire Hospital (RHH) to provide four new operating theatres. The project’s completion follows a series of healthcare sector successes for the firm, including project wins such as the new eye care centre at Golden Jubilee National Hospital in Clydebank, and the completion of the University Hospital of North Tees’ Energy Centre.

The refurbishment of the hospital’s ‘A Floor’ is the third phase of development for Royal Hallamshire Hospital, which is upgrading its 40-year-old theatres to create ‘cutting edge’ facilities. The project, which took just 12 months to complete, entailed some complex logistical challenges to move plant into the building, taking account of the weight restrictions on roads around the hospital. A crane was used to lift plant works onto the hospital roof and around existing vital services, while keeping the hospital operational.

NG Bailey also utilised its BIM capabilities to demonstrate and coordinate new services through the existing services and structure, ensuring that all services could be both installed and easily maintained.

Patient and staff safety were paramount, with live operations taking place in theatres while building works progressed across the corridor. There were no unplanned disruptions to the hospital’s daily operational functions, with patient care maintained throughout.

NG Bailey has a long history of working with Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, having previously renovated of its Q Floor, opened in May 2019. Since 2002, the independent engineering and services firm has also worked on numerous projects for the Trust across its city campus, and ‘played a key role in local healthcare provision’, providing the mechanical and electrical services to a flagship £40 m extension at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

James Summerfield, senior project manager, NG Bailey, said: “Working on any construction project requires good communication with the client and other contractors, but this is especially important when working within a live hospital site. We worked closely with the Trust to maintain patient safety at all times, and had flexible working hours to accommodate the needs of patients and operations. Following the successful completion of Q Floor and A Floor, we look forward to working with the hospital on its next phase of development.”

Henry Boot Construction was the main contractor on the third phase (A Floor), and following a successful working relationship and NG Bailey’s extensive knowledge and experience on the site, the two companies have secured the next phase of work together at the hospital.