Block 2C University Hospital, Galway – New Medical Assessment Unit & Short Stay Ward

The project consisted of the strip out of the existing physiotherapy Department and the provision of a 30 bed Medical Assessment Unit and Short Stay Ward.

Project Details

The area was located on the Ground Floor of Block 2C University Hospital Galway. This is a Live Acute hospital and the area we were working in was adjoining the MRI scanner with the Intensive Care unit on the floor above the works. The Operating Theatres were also on the floor above which added to the complexity in a live and sensitive area in which we were working. The project was heavily government by Method statements which were agreed with the design team and then a permit to work was sought from the HSE Hospital Maintenance Team. Fire and dust partitions were erected prior to works commencing in

order to separate the construction site from the Live Hospital. Logistics Plans and deliver schedule were also agreed prior to commencement. All of the M&E services were then isolated in agreement with the Hospital Team. The strip out works then commenced. All M&E installations were agreed in advance via a comprehensive technical submittal process managed by our in house M&E Services Manager. Coordination drawings were also produced and agreed in advance of the works commencing.

Once the 1st fix M&E was completed a wall closure process was put in place to ensure that the walls were signed off, the 2nd fix commenced. The same process was put in place for the ceilings to ensure that all fire proofing was completed and that the M&E services were fully tested prior to closure. This then allowed the floor finishes and the whiteroc to commence in the building along with the final fix M&E. Medical Beams were used on the project due to the amount of curtain walling that was on the existing building. These beams consisted of O2, Vac, MA4 and MA7. At this stage the Nurse base and all of the fitted furniture was installed. The final decorations were completed and the commissioning of the services commenced. The areas were offered up snag free.

The project had to be completed to a very tight time frame, 10 weeks, as it had to be operational by the 25/12/2015. We handed the project over on the 24/12/2015. This project is a very good example of our ability to works in conjunction with the Design Team and HSE under the strict restrictions of a live acute hospital.

Design Team, Client & Value

Client: HSE

Architect: Cullen Payne Architects

Quantity Surveyor: Aecom

M&E Engineer: Varmings

Value: €1,500,000

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