Acute Admissions Unit
Watford General Hospital – NHS
This Procure 21 contract for the M&E services on the new Acute Admissions Unit at Watford General Hospital, finished in Oct 2008 and opened to the public early 2009. It is a 3 storey building, providing 120 beds for emergency admissions, 2 cardiac catheterisation labs, diagnostics including X-Ray, Ultrasound and CT Scanner, Pharmacy manufacture and robotics, Library and Roof top plantroom.
The project was being carried out with the express aim of the improvement of the patient experience and the overall build is believed to be the largest AAU in the country at it’s time.
The project design at A.A.U Watford involved the design & build of the complete M&E services, including HV Installation, Mains & Sub-mains distribution, stand-by generation, General / emergency lighting, fire detection systems, access control, CCTV, bed-head services, nurse call , medical gases, specialist ventilation systems, air conditioning, smoke ventilation control, chilled water distribution, steam distribution.
Similarly like the previous contract carried out at Portsmouth Independent Sector Treatment Centre the facility also had to accommodate not just 120 beds, but 2no catheter lab’s, CT scanner and an X-Ray facility. Given the complexity of the project a fully focused design team had to carry out detailed levels of co-ordination in their designs, between the M&E services and specialist equipment, to ensure the construction teams could carry out the installations efficiently.
Programme : 8 weeks (off site construction)
21 weeks (on site)