november 2018

Two extra projects in Tooting for ME Construction

St George's Hospital Medical School, part of the University of London, was so impressed with ME Construction’s performance in delivering a 32-week, two-phase project to provide new teaching rooms and re-roofing works in its Jenner Wing, that it asked the company to carry out two further projects.

The initial two-phase Jenner Wing project cost £2.6m, while the two extra projects – combined – amounted to some £1.2m.

Each of these two extra projects involved converting a floor of the Medical School’s Hunter Building into open plan office space. This meant demolishing walls and erecting glass partitions to provide some noise reduction, while opening up the area – on both the ground floor (‘level 0’) and level six – to provide light, spacious, modern working areas.

“Both of these new projects were completed swiftly, on time and to budget – and both of the refurbished floors are now fully occupied,” said Lyle D’Costa, ME Construction’s project manager, who was responsible for each of the company’s three projects at St George’s.

ME Construction’s initial project at St George’s Hospital Medical School involved re-configuring the PHRI department on level one of the Jenner Wing. This comprised developing existing offices, laboratories and cold rooms into more cellular office space, a meeting zone with a kitchen, a larger freezer area and a new archive store.

It also involved converting existing laboratories and offices within the School’s corporate teaching area into lecture/ teaching rooms, as well as re-configuring the existing toilet zone on that floor.

The roof works involved removing the window-cleaning cradle, runway and its associated equipment; removing and/or re-locating some equipment on the roof space; installing new plant and trunking; stripping off the existing roof chipping, preparing a base for new waterproofing, and laying new insulation and coverings.

Known colloquially as St George's or SGUL, the Medical School was founded, in 1733, near Hyde Park Corner – on what is now the site of The Lanesborough Hotel. In 1980, it transferred to its current site - in Tooting, south London - which it shares with St George's Healthcare NHS Trust.

After the University of Oxford, SGUL was only the second institution in England to provide formal training courses for doctors. The School affiliated with the University of London soon after that university’s establishment, in 1836. Today, it’s closely affiliated to St George's Hospital and is one of the United Hospitals.

The School currently offers training in medicine, biomedical sciences as well as health and social care sciences. In partnership with Kingston University, St George's also offers training in nursing, physiotherapy, paramedic science and radiography. Its teaching facilities include clinical skills laboratories and a patient simulator, allowing students to practice based on real-life situations - including surgical and medical emergencies.