We’ve completed additional planned works at the University Hospital of North Tees, following previous repairs to the main ward block, North Wing and buildings housing plant rooms, specialist operating theatres and recovery rooms.
These works form part of an extensive remediation scheme to the main hospital building, originally opened in 1974, providing a modern backdrop to the surrounding area.
Having previously been threatened with closure in 2011, the hospital required an aesthetically pleasing solution while repairing and protecting the original concrete façade, extending the life of the building.
This phase posed an additional challenge to our team as work was being carried out at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Robust safety procedures allowed us to continue to operate and ensue programme deadlines were met at a time when the NHS was under significant pressure.
We used a series of innovative hybrid access solutions, combining traditional scaffolding and access cradles supplied by our locally based sub-contract partners, JMac Scaffolding Limited and Apollo Cradles Limited.
This approach allowed us our team to reduce site preparation and mobilisation time, shortening programme duration and ultimately reducing overall project cost.
To date we have complete Phase 1 of the works which proved to be the most difficult piece of the programme, having lots of spalling to repair in a very busy and difficult location.
Phase 1 of the programme took approximately four months to complete and we are now two months into Phase 2 of the works which is due to be completed in late June.
Throughout this programme of work, both myself and CSC Services have had to carefully plan each section of work to minimise disruption so that clinical services could continue with their daily activities, this proving very difficult alongside ITU and NNU.
A total area of 950m2 of concrete façade has been repaired and coated in the first phase of works, using a specialist Sika concrete repair and protection system.
Products used included:
These products combined result in long-lasting protection against carbonation caused by weather conditions and provide a 10-year guarantee to first maintenance.
We worked collaboratively with the client to closely manage impact to site operations while the works were carried out, ensuring minimal disruption to hospital staff, patients and visitors.
Solutions included the provision of computer-generated mock-ups of the finished works, giving the client additional reassurance of what the finished project would look like.
Our highly trained operatives ensured work was carried out safely and efficiently to BSEN1504 standard.
The concluding phase 2 of the works is scheduled to commence in Spring 2021, with a total area of 3000m2 scheduled for repair over both phases.
CSC Services site team are playing a vital role in fulfilling this programme, providing an excellent quality of workmanship and have given the Trust the confidence that the building is safe and aesthetically pleasing for many years to come.Glen Newby Design & Development Manager, North Tees and Hartlepool Solutions L.L.P