McLaren chosen for £30m upgrade at Queen Elizabeth Hospital

By Jo Makosinski | Published: 6-Mar-2023

Contractor appointed to lead infrastructure improvement works at Greenwich site

McLaren Construction has been appointed by Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust to deliver sitewide infrastructure works at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich.  

The £30m investment will bring improved estate resilience for the 482-bed hospital, which serves the south-east London community.

As part of the contract, McLaren will deliver new primary high-voltage and low-voltage electricity distribution, back-up generators, a refurbished energy centre, a new vacuum-insulated evaporator compound, and associated structural and building works.

Ventilation improvements include replacement of the air handling units serving the operating theatres, pathology, delivery suite, special care baby unit, and ward areas. 

The extensive works require around 6km of armoured electrical cable, including 1km of high-voltage electrical cable; 1.3km of busbars; nine new air handling units; 19 refurbished air handling units; and three 1.5kVA generators. 

McLaren has engaged with clinicians, the estates team, the facilities management provider, and other stakeholders to develop an 80-week programme to support the trust’s ‘business as usual’ policy.

And the resulting programme of works avoids intrusive structural alterations impacting clinical delivery and allows sufficient lead time to engage with departmental heads. 

Guy Pocock, associate director of capital planning and development at Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust, said: “The work at Queen Elizabeth Hospital will improve the electrical infrastructure, oxygen supply, and ventilation to clinical areas.

“This will bring the electrical and ventilation systems up to modern standards and create more resilience in our oxygen supplies to benefit patient care.

“We are working closely with McLaren to ensure there is minimal disruption to the normal running of the hospital during the works.”

McLaren will be working with subcontractor, Dowds Group, and the work is due to complete in June 2024.

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