Ward & Critical Care Unit
Completion due by summer 2023
The Clinical Need
Newham Hospital is working to improve its infrastructure and equipment over the next year to provide more and better services for patients.
A big part of this investment is a brand-new building that will house a 26-bed general ward and a 14-bed Critical Care Unit (CCU).
The former will give the hospital flexibility so they can adapt to and meet the needs of the local population. The latter will be purpose-built to enable staff to provide a better level of care for the most critically-ill patients.
Staff and patients benefit significantly from a good built environment so carefully designing a fully-compliant space has been essential. All healthcare details from infection prevention and control technology to hot and cold zoning and natural daylight has been carefully considered and discussed with hospital colleagues.
As this is a busy hospital which caters to the people of Newham Borough and beyond, disruption during construction and traffic to and from the location of the new building need to be kept to a minimum during its construction.
A new two-storey extension with a ward, office accommodation and a CCU, utilising Modern Methods of Construction (MMC).
Health Spaces has worked with the hospital clinical teams to develop their requirements and understand what was possible. The solution was a two-storey building, linked to the main hospital, to provide a 14-bed CCU on the first floor, and a 26-bed ward and administration offices on the ground floor. This will provide additional space that will help provide a better service and experience for patients and staff.
Utilising Modern Methods of Construction (MMC), we can ensure that the modules are pre-constructed off-site and then delivered to site to ensure for minimal disruption to the hospital’s operations.
Work has already begun on a site located near the St Andrew’s Wing entrance of the hospital, and the new facilities are expected to be operational by summer 2023.
Health Spaces is progressing well at Newham Hospital. September saw the arrival of site hoarding, welfare cabins and the completion of groundworks and piling. The illustrative vinyls have now been added to the hoarding, and portholes put in so passers-by can view the progress live onsite.
The piling has now concluded, and the concrete footing has been laid.
November saw the arrival of the first modular buildings – the first of the ground-floor bays for the hospital’s new general ward arrived by lorry through the night and were successfully lifted into position by crane. Working through the night, with the necessary traffic management in place, we were able to safely install the modular bays whilst at the same time minimising disruption for patients and staff.
In December the remaining pre-constructed modular units were all delivered to site. The 81st and last bay at Newham was installed just before Christmas. There are 4 linkway bays to be installed in January but the main building installation is now complete.
It is clear to see the new hospital building starting to take shape, which when complete will play such an important role in helping the hospital deliver care to patients.
For more information about the investment at Newham Hospital, visit Barts Health NHS Trust.
We were delighted to join staff from Newham Hospital and the London Borough of Newham in an official “ground-breaking” ceremony.
Hosted by Simon Ashton, Chief Executive, it was fantastic to celebrate the commencement of the construction works and the progress made in building the hospital’s new intensive care unit and ward.
“I’m thrilled to see these new investments in our hospital infrastructure. They will help us deliver our vision and provide better care to the people of Newham and north east London.” – Simon Ashton, Chief Executive of Newham Hospital.
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