We are delighted to confirm that we have recently been awarded the contract to build a new, and much awaited Urology Centre, at the Royal Surrey Hospital. The works provide us with another opportunity to partner with the Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in the delivery of this prestigious scheme.
This world leading centre will span approximately 1600m² across two floors, comprising consultancy rooms and meeting areas, to facilitate patient treatment together with ground breaking research facilities. The new facility will provide significant increased capacity and convenience for people in the south of England.
Royal Surrey County Hospital has been at the forefront of prostate cancer treatment for many years, yet a severe lack of space within the hospital has restricted the ability to offer enhanced care. Prostate cancer patients have suffered long waiting times, diagnostic delays, availability of specialist equipment, fragmented/delayed diagnostic procedures and treatment programmes. Additionally University of Surrey researchers (part-funded by The Prostate Project) lack dedicated accommodation and facilities.
The new highly specialist centre will allow prostate cancer patients to benefit from an integrated service within a high quality environment. It’s anticipated that these excellent working conditions for the medical and nursing staff will encourage the recruitment of further world leading specialists. In addition to prostrate, the centre will also provide leading diagnosis for other urological cancer treatment. Once completed the new centre will release much needed space within the main hospital building which will be reallocated to improve existing services.
Scope of works:
The 65 week project comprises the formation of a two storey new build centre, to provide a centralised hub for the Urology department. Additionally, the proposed building is to provide consultation and treatment rooms, administrative and staff offices, clinical facilities and a new lecture facility.
Constructed on pad foundations, this steel frame building takes on a contemporary style, featuring a curved front, open atrium entrance and is further enhanced externally by copper cladding panels, along with white rendered walls and complementary Atlas Blue facing bricks and a flat roof.
Enabling works include the diversion of existing live utility service cables. The new building hosts extensive air handling and ventilation equipment, along with specialist electrical installations.
Collaborative working and added value:
Having previously successfully delivered a comprehensive surgical theatre project for RSCH, we have an established relationship with the team and a good working knowledge of hospital. This experience has assisted with a prompt efficient start to the project, excellent teamwork, good communications and mutual trust being the benchmark for a successful project.
With a very tight budget and high specification build we were challenged to consider all options, including an initial comprehensive value engineering exercise to identify best value whilst retaining integrity of design and finishes. We will undertake ongoing monitoring and review throughout the construction phase. Further consideration was given to minimising disruption to patients, staff and visitors during the works as this was a key concern of the Trust. With more than 20 years’ experience working in similar hospital environments, we have established procedures and controls in place to meet these requirements, together healthcare trained operatives.
The logistical challenges of constructing a new building within a restricted occupied hospital site include ensuring the safety of the general public and hospital staff, operating a safe and professional site with minimal impact on the hospital’s adjacent buildings.
In order to do this, we have re-routed pedestrian footpaths and closed the adjacent vehicle access route, ensuring that our site is safely segregated from the rest of the hospital.
We have also been working with the client to relocate departments in adjacent buildings prior to the works starting. This includes logistical moves to relocate the audiology department to ensure that patients would not be effected by noisy works.
Commenting on the new urology centre, Chief Executive, Paula Head said: “The Trust already achieves fantastic outcomes for its urology patients and the new facility will ensure an excellent experience during their treatment.”
“Together, we can realise our dream of creating a true centre of urological excellence. This will benefit not only Royal Surrey’s patients, but people from throughout the UK and beyond.”
“The new centre will be a key referral and information facility as well as an important site of clinical trial development and research for the team of scientists and technicians from the University of Surrey headed by Prostate Project trustee, Professor Hardev Panda.”
You can get involved in this project too…
Partially funded by charity, the Prostate Project are running a ‘Buy-a-Brick’ campaign to raise further funding. Click here to watch the video and find our more, or visit their website.