Phase One of the Jersey General Hospital Intensive Care Extension and Refurbishment project is currently underway.
The £2 million state funded project comprises the construction of a single-storey extension to form a new five-bed intensive care ward and two isolation rooms. The isolation rooms will also include a positive pressurised air lobby that will provide the Hospital with a facility dedicated to treating high-risk patients. The existing intensive care unit will in turn receive an upgrade of services.
Work began on Phase One of the project in February 2012. Larsen is the main contractor and Morris Architect is the architect. Rothwells is the structural engineer, whilst Henderson Green is the mechanical and electrical engineer.
The intensive care unit will remain fully operational whilst work is being conducted on the site, so good communication between site staff and the Hospital is vital for the continuation of the project. In order to further facilitate the operational hours of the Hospital, the programme of works has been divided into four phases.
Phase One comprises the erection of the extension to form the intensive care ward. The extension is being constructed from a steel frame portal and will feature UPVC windows and an insulated render finish, with the phase scheduled for completion in October 2012.
Once Phase One is complete, Phase Two will get commence and will involve the creation of storage areas and the completion of a number of office refurbishment works. Phase Three and Four of the project will comprise the construction of isolation rooms and associated works.
Larson Director, Greg Morrison, said:
“We are currently in the process of completing work on the extension pod, and this will then be followed by commissioning and specialist works.
“Weather has been somewhat problematic at times, but the biggest challenge is working within a live environment. Coordination and communication is the key and strategic planning with the Hospital is ongoing.
“It is very important for Larsen to be involved with this project. We completed smaller projects for the Jersey General Hospital in 2011, and this led into what is now a much larger project at the site. To be able to work closely with the Hospital and upgrade the facility to meet current standards for the residents of Jersey is hugely important to us.”
The Jersey General Hospital Intensive Care extension and refurbishment project is scheduled for completion in November 2013.