A project to extend and improve an existing Diagnosis and Treatment Centre at Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital, Aldermaston Road, Basingstoke has been hailed a success.
The project comprised the conversion of a single floor within an existing department to provide a dedicated ware for patients choosing private healthcare within Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Work on the project was completed in August 2013. Skilz was the main contractor on the project, and Studio Four Architects provided all architectural services. Allen Holmes Limited was the quantity surveyor and Gary Jones Associates was the mechanical and electrical engineer.
Speaking to Premier Construction, Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Associate Director of Site and Projects, Susie Bleeker, said:
“The Day Treatment Centre was completed 9 years ago and at that point, the build included an empty, second floor for future development. More recently, the Foundation Trust Board agreed to convert this space into a 22-bed private ward, with single, en-suite accommodation. Prior to this, private inpatients had been accommodated on individual wards. The decision to expand and improve our private healthcare facilities has enable us to provide the same standards of excellent NHS care to those patients who choose private healthcare, in a hotel-style environment, with the income being reinvested in NHS care.
“On the ward itself, the rooms run around the perimeter, so that all the rooms have an outside view. We have tried to bring in as much natural light as possible.”
Features of the newly completed facility include beech finished doors and floors, some light paint work and a very effective lighting system which has adds a subtle change to the department, giving it a more hotel-like feel. The new facility also includes full catering and kitchen services for the use of private patients, as well as a waiting area and an associated ground floor theatre complex.
The kitchen area includes fridges, coffee machines, chilled water and storage space. The catering is provided by the hospital’s own catering team and chef, with meals finished off within the ward and served to patients.
As the hospital remained in full operation throughout the course of the project, work was carefully planned to minimise disruption to services.
“Work took place within a hoarded-off, building site, which was located outside the Diagnosis and Treatment Centre. This included stairway access into the top of the building, so that contractors and project teams didn’t need to go through the main hospital until the final stages of the build. The building already included lift shafts to the second floor, which were not in use, so we just opened these up to access the private ward when required.”
Since work reached completion on the project the feedback has been extremely positive, particularly from patients.
“In terms of the design, the rooms are very contemporary and the ward is a very peaceful place. Patients have been very impressed with the accommodation and are giving very good feedback about their stay.”
Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust serves a population of approximately 600,000 across Hampshire and parts of West Berkshire and runs three hospitals – in Andover, Basingstoke and Winchester – as well as some mobile and community services. The Foundation Trust was formed in January 2012 with the integration of Basingstoke and North Hampshire NHS Foundation Trust and Winchester and Eastleigh Healthcare Trust.
For more information about Hampshire Hospitals, please visit: www.hampshirehospitals.nhs.uk.
Skilz specialises in managing, maintaining and improving buildings for commerce and industry. The company was set up in 1983 and has three operations team delivering facilities services, design and engineering and project management and delivery.
Working on the North Hampshire Hospital project, Skilz were appointed as the main contractor for the first phase of the project which involved co-ordinating the project design and building the private patients ward. Following on from this, Skilz were then appointed as the main contractor to build two new operating theatres and the new decontamination suite. The company formally became part of the design team and carried out a complete redesign of the building layout with Studio 4 and the mechanical and electrical services for the project.
Ian Squires of Skilz, said:
“We have a very experienced design and project management team who have extensive health service experience and it was great to get the opportunity to build a facility within two miles of our office that our team, friends and family all rely on. Basingstoke Hospital has a very good local reputation with some very strong areas of expertise and we are proud to be associated with the Trust.”
“We pride ourselves on our ability to build long term relationships with our clients. It creates a better working environment and clients get a better service from us and better value. We go the extra mile to make things happen.”
RKE Interiors specialise in ceilings, partitions, carpentry and decorating. The company is relatively new, now progressing into its second year.
Some of the projects that the company are currently operating on include working with framework main contractors on Scola School refurbishments for Hampshire County Council; refurbishing HSBC branches on a rollout programme : full fit out for GCL Contracting on a series of Bright Horizon nurseries: Tesla sports car showroom in West Drayton: Portsmouth library archives.
Whilst working on North Hampshire Hospital the team carried out a range of intricate operations, working in close co-ordination with M&E Services to ensure high levels of acoustic and fire delineation between the varying services and sealing of operating theatres and patient areas.
Director of RKE Interiors, Michael Shawyer, claimed:
“This project shows our range of expertise and our flexibility in working in a hospital environment, where the works are strongly service orientated. There are all sorts of requirements for piped services to and from the theatres as well as the usual mechanical, electrical and air con services.”
Michael also added:
“We partner with most of our clients, running an open book policy, which engenders mutual trust and confidence”.
When asked what the company prides itself in, Michael replied with:
“Delivering beyond expectation.”