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Cosmetic repairs at Cynon Valley Hospital

Aa a major new community healthcare facility in South Wales approached handover, a team of our Finishers were involved in carrying out the diverse range of snagging jobs that inevitably require to be done in the latter stages of a large construction project.

The Cynon Valley Neighbourhood Hospital is a £73 million scheme by Vinci Construction, which will bring together two existing hospitals – Aberdare and Mountain Ash – onto a single purpose built site. Amongst the facilities being created for the ageing local population are Radiology, Outpatients and eight palliative care beds, as well as 100 general ward places, a school of dentistry and a natal unit.

With so many different departments across the 18,000 square metre building, addressing all the small dents, scratches and other damage caused by the movement of materials and the many trades involved has placed a considerable workload on Vinci and the client’s project manager, Capita Symons.

The Project Manager reflects: “This is a facility which will provide for the healthcare needs of the community for years to come. The vision from the health board has been central in driving the project. We have had challenges along the way, but have remained focused on providing a state-of-the-art facility, and directing the team to its delivery.”

A key part of that end game has been the involvement of up to half a dozen of Plastic Surgeon’s highly skilled Finishers, executing a variety of repair treatments both inside and outside the specialized facility.

Externally the Finishers’ tasks have focused on removing small scratches caused by other unidentified contractors, for which two operatives trained in glass polishing techniques have joined the other Plastic Surgeon personnel on site. While they have used electric powered polishers and a graduation of abrasives to take out shallow scratches from the glazed units, their colleagues have been filling and rubbing down a large percentage of the polyester powder coated frames. The repairs are completed by spraying a new decorative coat in the matching dark grey colour, plus a lacquer.

Then internally, Plastic Surgeon’s Finishers have been involved in repairs to door skins and handles, as well as sanitaryware, worktops and IPS panels.

Commenting on the work carried out by Plastic Surgeon, the Site Manager for Vinci Construction said: “We hadn’t previously used Plastic Surgeon in this region, though I had heard about the company’s services and had had them recommended by another contracts manager. In terms of the work we have had done, Plastic Surgeon has been reactive to the different needs, while the quality of the work completed is very high. It has definitely added a great deal.”

Those benefits of course include saving the project team from having to replace a variety of building products and elements which might otherwise have been irreparable. And through its VisibilITy software, Plastic Surgeon furthermore makes data available to its customers not just on the nature and value of repairs carried out, but also the weight of waste prevented from being sent to landfill.

In addition to utilizing the highly sustainable service offered by Plastic Surgeon, the new hospital’s environmental credentials are also enhanced through the inclusion in the design of predominantly natural ventilation provisions, a biomass boiler and the installation of a green roof across part of the structure.

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