McAvoy Group completes £15m offsite hospital project

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The £15m contract is McAvoy’s largest healthcare project to date, 294 steel framed modules were craned into position in a highly complex operation

The McAvoy Group has craned the final modules into position on site for a new wing at Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital in Cramlington.

McAvoy used the latest offsite technology to minimise disruption to patient care and to reduce the build programme by half to less than 12 months.

The speed of construction will help Northumbria Healthcare Trust to meet the rising demand for acute patient services in the region and maintain its position as a leader in the development of urgent and emergency care.

Robert Sanderson, Deputy Director of Capital Projects at Northumbria Healthcare FML, said: “This is a highly complex and ambitious scheme which is being delivered to a very tight timescale and to the Trust’s stringent quality standards.

It has taken a real team effort to get to this stage in such a short time. I am pleased to report that the project is on track despite some unprecedented weather during the installation phase, and the Trust and The McAvoy Group are working well together. We are looking forward to the completion of the new facilities for ambulatory care which will bring enormous benefits for providing alternative pathways for patients needing urgent care.”

Raymond Millar, Construction Director of The McAvoy Group, added: “This is a very challenging project on a live hospital site.

We are integrating with the design of the existing hospital and using offsite construction to deliver the building to a short programme, achieve exceptional value for money and to the required quality standards. The installation of the framed modules is a major milestone for the project and a significant achievement for the project team in the middle of winter and on such an exposed site as this.”

The first floor of the new wing will be fitted out as part of this contract to accommodate one of the UK’s first purpose-designed ambulatory care units, with the other two floors fitted out in the next phase of the development.

This will allow up to 150 patients to be treated the same day across four specialisms, without the need for hospital admissions. This will help to de-congest the emergency department, allowing patients to be seen by the most appropriate clinician earlier and offering an enhanced service for the local community.

The project features a number of innovations in offsite construction. It is using larger, bespoke modules up to 14.85m long which have been specially engineered to provide a structural flooring solution that seamlessly integrates with the existing hospital building. This will meet the key requirement for efficient patient flows, removing the need for ramps and steps.

Designed by healthcare specialists P+HS Architects working with McAvoy as principal contractor, the new wing is replicating the appearance of the existing hospital which opened in 2015.

It will have a faceted external facade to create curved ends to the wing and will be finished in blue and white render. This hybrid construction solution has a three-storey offsite structure with an in-situ built curved link on each floor, a roof-top plant room and full-height stair towers.

The dedicated, 2000m2 facility for ambulatory care will provide services in medicine, surgery, gynaecology and orthopaedics.

The scheme was awarded through the NHS Shared Business Services framework which facilitated reductions in procurement time and cost. The new wing is designed to comply with all relevant HTM and HBN requirements.

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