Foundation Option Appraisal
This £35m development at Birmingham's City Hospital provided state-of-the-art facilities for one-stop diagnosis and treatment, including an ambulatory surgical unit, six theatres, extensive imaging facilities and an oncology clinic. The PFI project consisted of a new 4-storey building located in the grounds of the existing hospital site. The building was the first of its kind, aiming to reduce waiting list times by offering minor operations enabling patients to be discharged within a short period of time after the operation.
The primary objective of this project was to design a robust building with a minimum design life of thirty years with in built flexibility to allow the Hospital Trust to change the internal layout during the life cycle of the unit. As the new unit was being built within the existing hospital grounds, major temporary works were required to relocate the main visitor car parks and to rationalise the hospital's vast infrastructure. It was also essential to minimise operational disruption to the existing hospital facilities, including operating theatres and imaging suites, to minimise noise and eliminate as far as possible vibration from the construction process. BWB worked closely with the Hospital Trust and Jarvis, the PFI partner, to achieve these rigorous requirements.