King George Hospital Critical Care Unit

DSSR configured the Mechanical & Electrical design of a new critical care facility for the King George Hospital in London, a multi-million Capital reconfiguration project, helping the NHS trust to better manage the surge in demand for critical beds during the COVID pandemic.

Location

Ilford, London

Contract Value

£6m

Architect

IBI

Client

Barking Havering & Redbridge University

Completion

2022

Category

Healthcare

King George Hospital is one of two sites run by Barking, Havering & Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust. A dated existing departmental design, coupled with the surge in demand for critical beds during the COVID pandemic, led to the Trust undertaking a multi-million Capital reconfiguration project.

 

This was a special, collaborative project; there was a real feel-good factor, with everyone pulling in the same direction to create a unique and vital safeguard for the NHS in a challenging time.

– Dan Thomas, Director, Northmores

 

The scheme involved the refurbishment of the existing Critical Care Unit to provide enhancement accommodation, delivering 12 inpatient beds and associated departmental support spaces. The Trust had identified a clinical requirement to split the new unit between elective and emergency accommodation. The DSSR team was required to configure their Mechanical & Electrical design in order to deliver this strategy.

The multi-million pound project required internal remodelling, upgrade and fit-out as well as installation of new primary and ancillary M&E systems and associated main plant and equipment.

The team faced several challenges within this project, working within the constraints of the existing building fabric and structure. With the limitations of the existing site infrastructure, an increased resilience was introduced under this scheme with IPS/UPS and the design of the Medical Gas ring main. The team coordinated in REVIT around a difficult fire barrier construction and distribution of services within the roof void in order to comply with the existing fire strategy.

The delivery of this complex facility, with the additional constraints of a 10-month time frame, was only possible with tight project management and exemplary levels of collaboration between all stakeholders: clinicians, estates colleagues, all members of the design team, and the construction partners. DSSR was an instrumental part of the multi-discipline team working together to deliver a high-quality project, safely, on time and within budget.