Architect: Swanke Hayden Connell | Structural Engineer: Alan Baxter Associates
Working with our sister company, J Coffey Main Contracts Division, we carried out structural alterations and builder’s works to the basement, ground, first and second floors to rationalise floor space to allow for the creation of a new plant tower.
Works include the removal of two stair cores, the north and south lightwells and a redundant lift shaft. This is broken down as follows:
Basement: Strip out of area prior to demolition and removal of redundant plant ready for new ground floor slab. The works are being carried out adjacent to operational offices and plant areas.
Ground Floor: removal of slab and downstand beams prior to the formation of smaller downstand beams and the installation of a stronger concrete floor capable of supporting new plant. On completion of the structural works the area will be fitted out by J Coffey Main Contracts Division to provide a canteen and plant room area.
First and Second Floors: Saw cut of floor screed to expose steel beams to reduce floor level and increase ‘head height’. Especial care needs to be taken due to the presence of unrecorded water, power and data services in the slab. This required extensive probing and CAT scanning to identify existing runs and the use of light breakers.
A new staff toilet on level 6 and new staff accommodation on level 3 were also fitted out, a temporary link tunnel was constructed to maintain access to the 6th floor gymnasium and all steel and timber exposed as part of the project was treated with intumescent fire protection.
The London Clinic is one of the UK’s largest private hospitals, dedicated to providing the best, personalised healthcare with a breadth of surgical and medical expertise.
As an operational hospital interfaces with staff and the public were managed at all times with robust pedestrian management controls adopted for all material movements and public rights of access maintained; banks-men in attendance for all deliveries and tool box talks used to convey acceptable behaviour when working near patients, staff and the public as well as agreed methods of working.