Modern methods of construction will help to deliver one of the most-complex hospital projects to date
An artist's impression of the new facility
Modern methods of construction (MMC) are being used to create a 32-bed short-stay ward above the accident and emergency department at Northwick Park Hospital London.
The project is one of the most-complex building programmes undertaken to date by MMC specialist, MTX.
More than 50 structural steel modules manufactured offsite will be used to construct the new ward on a steel deck installed on existing concrete stub columns that were part of the original A&E department build.
The challenging location in the midst of the busy hospital site requires the use of the UK’s largest crane to lift the modules into place, and MTX is currently constructing additional site infrastructure, including high-strength concrete foundations and pilings, to support the crane.
Throughout the work, the project team is maintaining safe access to the A&E department for both pedestrians and ambulances.
They are also prioritising the safety of staff and contractors, which in this case entails building a pedestrian bridge over a busy road on site to enable access to the build location.
The new unit will incorporate 32 short-stay beds and ancillary areas and the programme includes designing and installing mechanical modules pre-manufactured offsite to control the ventilation and the environment of the wards, with a dedicated integrated plant facility provided within the new building as part of the M&E specification.
The new first floor construction will link to the existing hospital buildings via a 20m-long suspended connecting corridor which will also link to two existing stairwells to provide access for staff and visitors.