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Clean Bill of Health for Barts

Skanska has completed a 10-year modernisation project to redevelop St Bartholomew’s in central London for Bart’s Health NHS Trust.

The final works on Bart’s, Britain’s oldest hospital, included a new site-wide energy centre, car park, clinical bin store, residential staff quarters shell extension and a vacuum insulated evaporator (providing the hospital’s oxygen supply).

Within the energy centre a fuel saving combined cooling and heating power (CCHP) gas engine called Pink Power has also been installed. The CCHP, according to Skanska, will ‘significantly’ reduce on site carbon emissions and help the NHS Trust to lower its energy costs, enabling more money to be spent on patient treatment instead. The engine’s pink makeover is designed to draw attention and display the machine’s energy and money saving potential.

The 10-year partnership also saw the international construction contractor and developer create The Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, east London which opened in 201. Skanska remains on site at both hospitals, providing FM services that maintain the new and existing resources for staff and patients and is now working to deliver the Barts Heart Centre, a specialist cancer and cardiac centre with 700,000sqft of new patient accommodation, consolidating all campus services.

As Europe’s largest specialised cardiovascular facility, the new hospital provides comprehensive facilities including 10 operating theatres, 10 cardiac catheter laboratories, 165 cardiac beds, 58 critical care beds and 40 coronary care beds, 31 respiratory and 81 oncology beds plus extensive day care facilities.

The redevelopment, designed by HOK, provided an opportunity to deliver new patient pathways that create a Continuum of Care where the facilities now minimise travel distances, making patient transfers quicker between departments, while also enhancing patient privacy.

“The completion of this 10-year construction project is a very proud moment for all of us but particularly for the construction team who maintained excellent continuing collaborative relationships with Capital Hospitals, the Barts Health NHS Trust team and our sub-contractors,” stated Terry Elphick, MD, Skanska.

Picture: The 10-year redevelopment at Bart’s Hospital has been completed by Skanska

Article written by Mike Gannon

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