Working together to deliver key projects in challenging conditions

29th July 2020

During the pandemic our teams have been working across a number of key sites, to ensure that projects are handed over on time and in perfect condition. Our work delivering key NHS projects has never been more important.

Projects have included Clatterbridge Hospital in Liverpool.  The £118m specialist cancer hospital – linked to the Royal Liverpool University Hospital serving as a hub for NHS facilities across Cheshire and Wirral – opened at the end of June.

The centre comprises an 11-storey block and is part of the city’s investment into transforming cancer care for 2.4 million people across Cheshire and Merseyside.  In particular the hospital is expected to play a key role in maintaining cancer care provision in the city region, even amid the Covid-19 outbreak, as it has 110 single en-suite bedrooms that would reduce the risk of cancer patients catching the virus.

Our team has worked tirelessly for contractor Laing O’Rourke at Clatterbridge before and during the pandemic.  Craig Vernon was one of our finishers who received the key worker status to assist the project:

“Before the pandemic our work included repairing chips on the wooden and vinyl flooring, fixing scrapes and knocks caused by the construction team on walls, the usual work required on a live construction site.

“However, when the pandemic hit, our work did change.  IPS panels became hard to obtain due to restrictions abroad.  This meant the contractor Laing O’Rourke had to use what was available to them, putting for example, blue IPS panels alongside yellow.

“We used our colour match capabilities to ensure that panels in various areas around the hospital matched and left a perfect finish.

“We were incredibly impressed with the control measures introduced to ensure that work could continue safely and efficiently despite the lockdown, and that the project could be completed and delivered with the restrictions put in place.”

Work at one of the biggest NHS construction projects Wales has ever seen has also continued apace.  The Grange University Hospital, which is costing £350m to build promises to transform health service delivery across Gwent.

The hospital, when complete, will deal with all emergencies and will treat those needing complex emergency or critical care.  This will allow other hospitals across Gwent to concentrate on providing routine diagnosis and treatment and is due to be complete in early 2021.

For further information about our work for the NHS and construction projects, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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