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Addenbrookes Hospital – Delicate operation required for hospital project


A project to construct a new five storey building containing two new firefighting lifts, together with associated lobbies and a corridor link across to adjacent buildings, as well as other facilities, is nearing completion in a challenging location at Cambridge University Hospitals in Cambridge.

The project, which has required great care as it is located next to neurological operating theatres, follows a review and audit of the hospital’s current operational and management provisions for fire safety, which established the need for a number of key infrastructure projects, including the new building.

The aim of the review was to identify any areas that may require further attention to sufficiently manage fire safety in line with that expected by the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, applicable Health Technical Memoranda, British Standards and accepted codes of practice.

The project to construct the new building is being carried out for Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Trust by main Contractors RG Carter. Architects are Frank Shaw Associates and project managers are Northmores.

Dan Jackson, RG Carter site manager for the scheme said: “The lifts are basically the same as super-size 33-person lifts, but have been designed specifically for firefighters to use in case of emergency.

“The new building is being constructed in between two existing hospital buildings, to which it is physically joined on either side and contains corridor links between these buildings. One of the existing buildings (BU17) contains patient wards and neurological theatres and the other building (BU3) contains offices.”

In addition to the lifts and the corridors, the new building contains a lobby, ‘quiet’ rooms on levels 4 and 5 and offices on level 3.

The building, which was built on 3m concrete foundations, is of steel frame construction, with metal and fibre board cladding externally, aluminium framed windows and a Sarnafil roof with an emergency access hatch. The specialist design of the building was engineered by Peter Dan Ltd.

The whole building is also 2 hour fire rated.

The project is nearing completion with the two lifts just being installed by Stannah.

Dan Jackson said: “One of the challenges of the project was working at the centre of a busy hospital in close proximity to the neurological operating theatres with delicate surgery underway, which meant that the works required very careful planning and scheduling, including some out of hours working. Fortunately we have had a very good working relationship with the client throughout the scheme.”

Completion is scheduled for May.






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