27-Aug-2010

Construction specialist, Yorkon, wins award for healthcare centre

The award-winning Emersons Green surgical hospital

Off-site construction specialist, Yorkon, has won an LABC Building Excellence Award for the Emersons Green NHS Treatment Centre in Bristol.

The project for independent healthcare providers UK Specialist Hospitals (UKSH) is believed to be the largest complete hospital to be built off site.

The team responsible for the centre’s design and construction won the LABC Building Excellence Award for the Best Community Building in the West of England. The Awards recognise and reward the best quality design, construction, and project management. The finalists are acknowledged to be among the very best projects in the region.

Designed by architects TP Bennett, Emersons Green is a new purpose-built surgical hospital that provides a range of elective surgical services, including inpatient treatment to NHS patients

Facilities in the new treatment centre include four operating theatres with recovery bays, central sterilisation unit, minor operations room, endoscopy suite, diagnostics and x-ray, 33 inpatient beds, procedure and consulting rooms, waiting area, reception, café, pharmacy, physiotherapy and administration centre.

The three-storey 4,842m2 building was manufactured off site in York and comprises 114 steel-framed modules, which Yorkon craned into position in just three weeks to reduce disruption, and the build time to only eight months.

Commenting on the award, Jane Cameron, Building Control Officer at South Gloucestershire Council, said: “This is an excellent healthcare building that successfully demonstrates an innovative approach to construction. The use of off-site construction shortened the build time, improved site efficiency, and reduced site waste and traffic. The Yorkon site was very well managed throughout, with excellent workmanship, outstanding communications, and a positive commitment to the health and safety of everyone working on the project.”

“The building was completed to the very highest standards and finish, and as well as being aesthetically pleasing, it is welcoming and user friendly.”

David Johnson, Director and General Manager of Yorkon, said, “We are absolutely delighted with this award, and the recognition it gives to the design and construction team, the client, and to the success of the off-site approach.”

“To complete a project of this scale and complexity, that was open and treating patients just 12 months after start on site, was a significant achievement for the whole team.”

The project’s achievements included the first application in the healthcare sector of the new Yorkon high performance pre-installed concrete floor system.

The architect was TP Bennett, the project manager was Atkins Global, and the M&E consultant was Engineering Design Partnership.

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