Balfour Beatty Awarded £14 million Construction of Northwick Park Hospital Emergency Department
Balfour Beatty has been awarded a £14.4 million contract by the North West London Hospitals NHS Trust to construct a new Emergency Department at Northwick Park Hospital in Harrow.
The pavilion style building will provide users with a new walk-in entrance, waiting area, and external drop off area; all with direct and level access to the car park.
Enclosed link bridges will connect the new building to other parts of the hospital including acute admissions, paediatrics, the Intensive Treatment Unit and operating theatres. A lower level will provide accommodation such as offices, seminar rooms and the main plant room.
Balfour Beatty Engineering Services will deliver the M&E services installation package including modular services units, which are constructed off site, and help to provide high quality, pre-tested services. The modular construction method also helps to reduce installation times and improves safety over in-situ installation methods.
The scheme will be constructed utilising Balfour Beatty’s latest Building Information Modelling techniques which enable stakeholders to view the building from a user perspective and in multidimensional detail before the build, and also help to minimise construction time and costs.
The scheme will be a centre of excellence for urgent and emergency care, supporting the Trust’s vision to improve treatment times and the experience of emergency department users. It will also support effective staff training and is designed to equip the department to respond effectively to existing and future changes in demand.
The building has been designed to be highly sustainable and features such as a roof top bio-diversity garden containing sedum plants and wildflowers will help the building fit into the natural ecology of the area as well as providing pleasant views for the occupants of other buildings. Other sustainability features include an array of power providing photo-voltaic cells, an efficient combined heat and power unit, as well as LED lighting.
Works are scheduled for completion in April 2014.