Helped by the recent good weather, the groundworks including car park kerbing, paving and tree/shrub planting have progressed significantly in the last period. Over the next few weeks the Contractor will commence the laying of the base course tarmac to the main access roads. The concrete service yard has been completed to the rear of Energy Centre and HSDU Block. Foundations are being installed to the main service yard stores and canopy areas.
Roofing works are continuing to progress in tandem with roof light installation and completion of the plantroom cladding and louvres. All windows are in and the building is now watertight and as scaffolding is removed it is possible to clearly view the final external envelope of the building.
Work is complete on interior design planning including final selection of floors, walls, doors and fitted furniture. Colours and finishes have been agreed with staff and each Department will have its own unique colour to assist with wayfinding.
In the Main Hospital Street and reception areas the installation of the underfloor heating and floor screeds has commenced and these shall be completed in the next period.
Internal finishes are continuing in every block and it’s great to see the flooring, doors, ceilings and wall finishes progressing well, giving the first impressions of the finished hospital.
It is anticipated that construction works will be completed by December 2016, followed by a period of engineering services commissioning. During this period the Trust will be given access to the building on a phased basis, from January 2017 to April 2017, to complete a programme of operational commissioning in readiness for the new facility opening in spring 2017.