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Expert healthcare at Montefiore Hospital

Montefiore Hospital- Brighton and Hove- East Sussex

A £35 million project to bring a brand new hospital to Brighton and Hove has reached completion.

Montefiore Hospital part of Spire Healthcare, is a brand new facility that brings 21st Century healthcare to East Sussex. The hospital opened its doors for the first time in November 2012 – following a two-year redevelopment scheme – and boasts a range of features, including three state-of-the-art fully-integrated theatres, 20 bedrooms and an admin suite.

In addition, the new facility – situated on the corner of Davigdor Road and Montefiore Road – is providing employment to more than 100 nurses, radiographers, administration workers and cleaners.

Mansell Construction Services Ltd was the main contractor on the project, whilst Nightingale Associates provided architectural services on the site and A F Pilbeam conducted enabling works.

Discussing the importance of the project, Montefiore Hospital Director Andy Wood, said:

“The Montefiore Hospital delivers the best care available anywhere in the country, right on the doorstep of the city’s 250,000 residents. It is a tremendously exciting development that makes the city an even more desirable place to live and work.

“The aim was to make this a centre of excellence for private healthcare. We provide a broad range of diagnostic and treatment services including outpatient clinics, the carrying out of MRI and CT scans, and we perform a broad variety of operations.”

Andy added:

“We are committed to supporting the local economy, so we chose Brighton based architects Nightingale for the design work and A F Pilbeam in Southwick to strip out the former office block.”

Nightingale Associates Director, Richard Ager, added:

“Spire wanted us to focus on quality, innovation and sustainability. The interior design of the hospital was influenced by some of the city’s top boutique hotels to give patients an exceptional visual experience.”

Work began on the project in November 2010. Prior to the creation of the modern facility, the site was formerly an office building which housed Legal & General. The building, which is owned by Scottish Widows Investment Partnership (SWIP) is now managed by award-winning healthcare provider Spire Healthcare who are ensuring that this building provides the most up to date health services possible.

Spire Healthcare Commercial Manager, James Dempster, said:

“Spire Healthcare took over the building when it was no longer in use by Legal & General with the aim of transforming it into a modern private hospital. As part of the works we stripped back the internal areas of the building, reworked the space into a comprehensive diagnostic suite and then restored the exterior of the site back to its former glory.

“Montefiore Hospital, part of Spire Healthcare, was a very significant project which has transformed a redundant office block into a major hospital and this is something which is quite unique. In fact the hospital is a one of a kind facility. We are the only hospital in the local area which offers an entire diagnostic suite in one location and as we are situated within the centre of Brighton and Hove the site is the perfect location for local residents.

“Now that the building is open it will continue to attract many high calibre consultants from in and around Sussex, which will provide residents with access to high quality medical care that was not previously available to them. All of the site’s facilities were designed specifically with patient care in mind.”

Gerry Ferguson, Head of Wholesale Real Estate Funds at SWIP, added:

“As property fund managers, we were delighted to fund an innovative project of this quality. The hospital is a prime development in a prime location, which attracted a high-calibre tenant in Spire Healthcare. Our research of the Brighton economy, its demographics and also the business model of Spire Healthcare made us confident that this was a successful investment for SWIP.”

Montefiore Hospital- Brighton and Hove- East Sussex

During the works on the site the building was fitted-out with leading medical equipment, including MRI scanning systems, and given a complete internal makeover. As there were no significant alterations to the exterior of the building, disruption to neighbouring businesses was kept to a minimum.

Throughout the project, Chartered Land Surveyors 3 Sixty Measurement Ltd provided on-site engineering surveying and setting out services, on behalf of main contractor Mansell Construction Services Ltd.

3 Sixty Measurement Company Director, Roland Thompson, said:

“We have a long standing relationship with Mansells who are a regular and valued client and we were very pleased to be involved with this project.

Mansells instructed us as part of their mobilisation to verify the pre contract survey information, then to establish a Primary Construction Grid and Datum’s on all floors throughout the building and to undertake additional dimensional and level surveys as required.”

Roland added:

“At 3sixty we offer a broad range of measurement surveying and have extensive experience in the Construction Sector. We are dedicated to helping and advising our Clients and fully understand the need to be responsive and flexible when working on a project such as this.

“Now that work is complete on the project, Montefiore Hospital part of Spire Healthcare is open to the public and has already provided services to patients.”

James Dempster commented:

“It is quite rare to design a hospital from scratch and all of the work was undertaken on this project to provide the best services for the patient. The project ran to schedule, with no major problems and for me it was a major learning curve that has really expanded my role at Spire.”

James added:

“The first patients have already been treated within the building, which is great to know, and we have won a Business Acumen award for the building’s renovation, achieving a BREEAM rating of ‘very good.’”

Spire Healthcare 

With 37 private hospitals throughout the UK, Spire Healthcare is a leading provider of private healthcare. The company was formed in 2007 through the sale of BUPA hospitals and the subsequent purchase of Classic Hospitals and Thames Valley Hospital and currently employs over 7,600 people nationwide.

Since its inception, Spire Healthcare has won numerous awards for its clinical quality, financial performance, leadership and environmental policies and has provided care to over 930,000 patients per year.

As a dedicated health care provider Spiral Healthcare is committed to the highest quality of patient care.

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 Rivercrest ltd

Estabilshed in 1988, Rivercrest ltd is an organisation specialising in flat and pitched roofing for new builds and refurbishments.

The company has received some of the highest honours in the business, coming first place in the Roof Slating Category at the Best Roofing Awards 2012 for the works undertaken at Folkington Manor, East Sussex.

Rivercrest has also had the highest accolades for its health and safety record, receiving the Gold Award from the National Federation of Roofing Contractors in April this year.

Slating, Tiling, Reinforced Bituminous Membranes, Single Ply Systems, Liquid Coatings, Green Roofs, Leadwork, along with other associated trades are all offered by the company- in addition to a free advice service which deals with any roofing enquiries.

Speaking on the latest project at Spire Hospital, Managing Director, Richard Soan said:

“This contract proved to be very demanding, interesting and challenging due to the nature of the works involved and the vast amount of material that required removing from the original roof deck, prior to the application of the new roof system – the total roof area exceeded 1500 m².


“Considerable adverse weather was received during our site operation and we were also faced with site restraints and expectations placed upon us by Mansells who had their own target dates to meet.

“We are extremely proud of the finished roof system and have submitted this project in conjunction with Bauder for consideration at the Best in Roofing Awards 2013.”

When asked what Rivercrest prides itself on, Richard added:

“We are a Heritage Approved and Competent Roofer Approved Roofing Contractor and a lot of our work is undertaken following recommendations received from previous clients.

“Quality workmanship is what we endeavour to produce, no matter the size of the project.”

Cetco Europe Ltd 

Cetco Europe Ltd specialise in a manufacturing a range of Bentonite waterproofing membranes for use across a range of projects within the construction industry. The company has been in operation for more than 25 years and in this time has been involved with Crossrail, Drax power station, Bradford College, York University and Pontefract Hospital, amongst others.

Working on Montefiore Hospital, Cetco Europe Ltd waterproofed approximately 2000 sq m of floor and walls. Throughout the course of their involvement on the project Cetco Europe Ltd monitored their work to ensure the waterproofing was sound and complete.

Cetco Europe Ltd UK Commercial Manager, Lee Gillman, said:

“We have worked on a number of significant projects throughout the UK and this was another very important project for us. We believe in completing each job correctly and we have a very close working relationship with a number of the contractors who were involved with this project.”

Lee added:

“A lot of our work comes through contractor recommendations and we always strive to complete each task to the highest quality. It is important to us that the job is completed well and that the client is happy. We live on our reputation and we go that bit further than others in our market.

“In the UK we have six area managers who hold a technical knowledge second to none, and an experienced contracting team lead by Colin Taylor.”

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