Remodelling of the ENT department to provide an expansion of service delivery, a better patient flow process and new technical functionality including procedure rooms all within a live hospital environment created some manageable challenges for the design team.
This refurbishment project adds to a long list of similar works undertaken for the Trust over many years including
XMRI Installation North Wing
HDR Radiotherapy System Project
Tomotherapy Unit Installation
Hybrid Theatre and Ward
Gassiot House Relocation
Upgrade of Radiology Rooms
Lambeth Wing Theatre Extension
Sexual Health Relocation
The refurbished department is contained within a live operational hospital environment therefore any changes to the existing building engineering services needed to be considered in a way to minimise impact on neighbouring departments. A full commissioning audit of the services infrastructure to the department was undertaken to assess spare capacity and any necessary enhancements within the feasibility study to inform accommodation options, budget cost and programme.
A particular challenge was providing new dedicated mechanical ventilation plant to new procedure rooms where plantroom space wasnt available. This was overcome by repurposing an under-used terrace within one of the atria to create a new plantroom and bring fresh air into the plant through roof mounted louvres co-ordinated with the existing atrium roof glazing cleaning gantry. This was only possible due to suitable surveying in the feasibility stage and liaison with the hospitals maintenance team.
Our experience within the hospital through previous projects and from similar commissions with other NHS Trusts allowed us to realise the main constraints relating to the engineering services, share these with the project team and achieve resolution.