£3m project completed to equip hospital with new operating theatres

Engineering, IT and facilities services business NG Bailey has finished a £3m services project at Sheffield’s Royal Hallamshire Hospital (RHH) to provide four new operating theatres.

The end of this work follows a series of successes for the firm in the healthcare industry, including project wins such as the Golden Jubilee’s new eye care centre and the completion of the University Hospital of North Tees’ energy centre.

Refurbishment of A Floor is the third phase of development for Royal Hallamshire Hospital, which is upgrading its 40-year-old operating theatres to create cutting edge facilities.

The project, which took 12 months to complete, involved complex logistical challenges to move plant into the building. A crane was used to lift plant works onto the roof of the hospital and around existing vital services, while keeping the hospital operational.

Live operations continued to take place in the hospital’s theatres, while building works were carried out across the corridor. There were no unplanned disruptions to the daily operational functions of the hospital and patient care was maintained throughout.

NG Bailey has a long history with Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, having previously worked on the renovation of its Q Floor, which was opened in May last year.

Since 2002, the firm has also worked on numerous prestige projects for the Trust across its entire city campus. It also played a key role in local healthcare provision, providing the mechanical and electrical (M&E) services to a flagship £40m extension at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

James Summerfield, senior project manager at NG Bailey, said: “Working on any construction project requires good communication with the client and other contractors, but this is especially important when working within a live hospital site.

“We worked closely with the hospital trust to ensure patient safety was maintained at all times and had flexible working hours to accommodate the needs of patients and operations, which were taking place in such close proximity to the site.

“Following the successful completion of Q Floor and A Floor, we look forward to working with the hospital on its next phase of development.”

Henry Boot Construction was the main contractor on the third phase. The two companies have secured the next phase of work together at the hospital.