QEUH - Ward 2A

Client: NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde Estates
Architect: Wylie Shanks Architects
Client Contact: James Huddleston, Assistant Head of Capital Planning, NHS & GCC
Contract: SBCC with Quantities & Contractor Design Portion
Value: £8.7M
Project Timescale: 74 weeks
Dates: December 2019 to December 2021 (extended due to Covid-19)

Ward 2A/2B Refurbishment & Ventilation Upgrade Works

MPMH Construction undertook the role as Principal Contractor to deliver the Ward 2A Children’s Cancer Treatment Centre within the new flagship acute Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.

This was one of the most challenging and technically complexed healthcare projects that we have undertaken with the media and political interest following a public inquiry. The main works to Children’s Cancer Ward 2A were to be substantially upgraded to include taking down and replacement and modification of the existing Mechanical and Electrical services together with associated building fabric upgrading in order that the main bedroom suites and associated main accommodation can be positively pressurised with Central Station HEPA filtered air and an appropriate Pressure Cascade System adopted which includes a Ward Isolation Facility.

 There was also less extensive works to both Ward 2A Bone Marrow Transplant and Ward 2B Day Ward comprising installation of new Air Handling Units serving these areas. The works also include general refurbishment of the Meta-Iodo-Benzyl-Guanidine (MIBG) suite together with ensuites alterations. This project has been short listed for the National CIOB awards and CIOB awards Scotland.

The Stats

As part of the works there is substantial structural alterations, where we are forming new secure risers. This includes new structural steel work, cutting and forming openings in floors 3,4,5 to enable the new ductwork to be installed. As part of the work, we created a new plant room for the new air handling units. The above Ward 2A refurbishment project was carried out using our own “in-house” trades people, except flooring, mechanical and electrical works. The reason for selection of the proposed subcontractors is that they have been vetted and approved through our certified ISO9001 management system and delivered projects under tight timescales, on budget within live environments. We have highlighted the trade splits below for the above Ward 2A refurbishment project.


Key Issues

  • Access to wards on floor levels outwith the site to form new service riser.
  • Issues with dust and noise to areas outwith the site.
  • To manage COVID-19 throughout the project.
  • Co-ordination and sequencing of new services through different floor levels outwith the site.
  • Major changes to the mechanical services. This was due to “As Built” installation not reflecting “Actual” installation and not meeting Scottish Health Technical Memorandum (SHTM) requirements.
  • Co-ordination and sequencing of new services through different floor levels outwith the site.
  • Major changes to the mechanical services. This was due to “As Built” installation not reflecting “Actual” installation and not meeting SHTM requirements.
  • Pressure to submit cost and commence on site within two days.
  • Social distancing measures had to be adhered to in accordance with government guidelines and MPMH Covid Policy.
  • Staggered teabreaks and lunchbreaks had to be set due to the volume of operatives.

Added Value

  • Implementation of Level 4 Health Associated Infection (HAI) Scribe process to all areas outwith site boundary. This is managed and recorded daily.
  • Worked with Infection Control to ensure compliance of (HAI) Scribe requirements.
  • Re-programmed the project to work out of sequence to mitigate delays due to re-design of services.
  • Daily meetings with key stakeholders and staff to ensure works to floor levels 3,4 and 5 were co-ordinated and delivered to programme.
  • Set up design meetings with key stakeholders to review design, scope and agree sign off parameters to meet programme and mitigate delays.
  • Created community benefits through use of local suppliers and subcontractors.
  • Implementation of Covid-19 Policy and followed government guidelines, set up temperature checks, infection control meeting and lateral flow testing of staff and operatives.
  • Implementation of level 3 HAI Scribe to the area and manage and record daily HAI Scribe check sheets to mitigate dust and infection.
  • Daily meetings with NHS key stakeholders to ensure works and programme was being maintained.
  • Zero Defects achieved.
  • Worked with Infection Control to ensure 100% compliance.
  • 20 min infection control DVD outlining the importance of following procedures.
  • Site-specific induction including the control methods for hazardous substances
  • 1 x toolbox talk per week for all site employees and partnering contractors.

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