ME Construction refurbishes part of St Thomas’ Hospital’s Lambeth Wing
ME Construction, the specialist refurbishment contractor, active in London and the surrounding areas, is carrying out alterations to the ground floor of Lambeth Wing at St Thomas’ Hospital - a large NHS teaching hospital in Central London.
The result of this refurbishment – carried out for Guy's & St. Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust – is a new Ambulatory Care Unit, Plastic Department and Staff Rooms.
According to ME Construction’s Contracts Manager, Duncan Hare, the 13 week £1.3m project is part of the first phase of a project to establish the facilities for an ‘emergency care pathway’ at the hospital. This will enable patients, after they have been triaged, to get appropriate and high quality treatment.
ME Construction’s part of the project includes demolishing the existing area, stripping out the existing facilities to leave a shell; then fitting new walls and ceiling; carrying out various mechanical and electrical (M&E) work; ensuring that Medical Gases are available in the new facilities; fitting out Medical units; fitting new flooring, ceiling and decorations.
“The project involves providing not just the things you’d expect of any office or residential development – such as water and electricity,” Duncan explained. “It also means installing ventilation and patient alarm systems, along with systems to supply medical gases.
“Regularly working for six NHS Trusts in the capital and having completed over 20 projects in the healthcare sector in the last six years, we’re highly experienced at meeting our work targets while also being sensitive to the needs of both patients and staff in the surrounding wards,” Duncan continued.
“Obviously – working in a hospital – we have to keep the noise associated with these building works to a minimum, and this can also involve us in working out of ‘normal’ working hours.
“But what’s probably even more important is that we have to carefully co-ordinate isolating the various services, such as water and electricity, in order to make the new connections to these new facilities. Making these connections can involve shutting down these services to large parts of the hospital – so it all has to be carefully planned so that any disruption to patient services is kept to a bare minimum.
“Thankfully, we have the experience doing similar work with a number of hospitals, so we can take these sorts of challenges in our stride,” he added.
This isn’t the first time that ME Construction - founded in 2007 to deliver high quality projects in a professional manner normally associated with the larger industry PLCs - has carried out a refurbishment project at St Thomas’ Hospital. Most recently, before working on the Lambeth Wing refurbishment, ME Construction provided the hospital with a new outpatients’ department.