Client : St Helier Hospital Trust
The St Helier Hospital Trust oversees the affairs of three hospitals, namely: Epsom, St Helier and The Royal Marsden. The roads and carparks surrounding the hospitals did not meet their high standards and a contractor was sought to effect a major resurfacing programme.
Many considerations needed to be taken into account including safety of hospital staff and patients, the emergency vehicles and provision for temporary parking areas.
We liaised with the key stakeholders within the hospital including Health & Safety Officers, Operations managers, Security staff and the management of the trust. These groups identified a series of issues which would need to be mitigated before commencement of the works such as health & safety of hospital patients, school children and residents, how best to manage the traffic during the works, how best to locate services and any contingent plans for hospitals etc, what were the lines of communication open to the stakeholders, what design was most practical and what materials were best suited to this location.
The feedback received from stakeholders was included in the final designs and plans which were approved by the local authority shortly before works commenced.
A planer was used during the least busy time of the week to remove the surface layer. A suitable DBM replacement aggregate formed the basis of the surface course. Before works commenced, our health & safety manager, the CDM coordinator, the project manager, and the engineer met onsite to discuss the programme of works.
Once the programme was agreed each stakeholder signed off the project with a view to meeting regularly throughout the works. The works commenced on schedule. Where possible, we used our own resources and limited the use of subcontractors. The total project took 12 weeks to complete. If variation orders were issued these were fed back to the programme director and quantity surveyor for a possible reallocation of resources.
With the help of our CDM coordinator, we located the services of statutory undertakers. Where necessary, we made provision for their adjustment / repair or simply noted them for future reference.
Hospital users now freely enjoy the improvements made to these sites. Car parking has become more efficient with the use of road-markings. The levels of the roadways and walkways have been built up to aid wheelchair users and trip hazards were removed for the more unsteady users. The works were completed within the timescale allotted. Before we left site, we met with the various stakeholders associated with the project to resolve any issues and ask for sign-off.
Feedback to our projects is always welcome – that is one of the ways that helps to improve our service. The feedback so far has been positive. The hospital trust will closely monitor progress over the coming months to ensure that the improvements continue to offer the benefits required.