Stewart Milne Timber Systems wins contract for £47m Ayrshire hospital

14-Jul-2014

Timber selection will reduce onsite costs and limit the health and safety risks on a building site

Stewart Milne Timber has been selected by Balfour Beatty to design and build a new 206-bed mental health and community hospital in Ayrshire.

Following the success of a previous partnership building Stobhill Hospital in Glasgow during 2008, Stewart Milne Timber Systems was appointed to help deliver the £47m project, which will be located in Irvine.

The hospital will cover an area of 12,465sq m, with the external walls being closed pre-insulated panels.

Stewart Milne Timber Systems will construct parts of the hospital offsite, which will reduce onsite costs, provide precision manufacture benefits, and limit the health and safety risks inherent on a building site.

Offsite construction also provides the hospital with very high standards of air tightness and thermal insulation, reducing energy bills for the NHS, which has commissioned the project.

This is a highly-innovative approach to hospital building and demonstrates the commitment of all parties involved to build a valuable new public health facility quickly, while also providing significant value for money and energy efficiency over the life of the building

Alex Goodfellow, group managing director of Stewart Milne Timber Systems, said: “This is a major and important new facility for Ayrshire and the surrounding area and using timber systems in the build programme will mean the hospital will reach working use much sooner.

“Offsite manufacture as a central part of the project will allow for a faster build process, much better energy performance and less waste produced both in the factory and onsite. Meeting deadlines is a critical element of this project, so we’ll be working very closely with Balfour Beatty throughout to ensure the hospital is delivered on time and on budget.”

Balfour Beatty is the preferred bidder for the project, with Stewart Milne Timber Systems appointed to design, supply and install the structural timber frame.

Stewart Milne Timber Systems will work to a 23-week build schedule, beginning in November 2014 with completion by May 2015. To further enhance the speed of the build, several expert teams will manage a scaffold-free build onsite. The roof trusses of the hospital will also be constructed on the ground and hoisted into place by crane to reduce the health and safety risks of working at height.

The hospital will boast excellent sustainability features, with the wall panels achieving a U-Value of 0.22; roofs achieving 0.16 and air tightness of five.

This is a major and important new facility for Ayrshire and the surrounding area and using timber systems in the build programme will mean the hospital will reach working use much sooner

Goodfellow said: “Using a scaffold-free erection and multiple erect squads will make the 23-week programme faster, safer and reduce costs.

“This is a highly-innovative approach to hospital building and demonstrates the commitment of all parties involved to build a valuable new public health facility quickly, while also providing significant value for money and energy efficiency over the life of the building.” Sign up for your free email newsletter

The hospital will feature 140mm external wall closed panels with 120mm 0.022 polyurethane insulation, and roof trusses with 18mm plywood sarking. All internal partitions will be erected with 9mm OSB sheathing, with bathroom pods loaded in by Stewart Milne Timber Systems.

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