This Minor Building Works Contract required the replacement of fire doors and frames within wards, theatres, link corridors, Accident and Emergency area, Intensive Care Unit, computer suite and associated ancillary spaces and Circulation areas.
The Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust is the main provider of acute hospital services for Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, and mid Wales. Split over two main sites, the Trust has over 700 beds and assessment and treatment trolleys. We successfully tendered for the replacement of fire doors throughout Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.
The project involved the replacement of fire doors and associated activities including:
- Removal of doors, frames and architraves
- Replacement with fire rated doorsets
- Flooring repairs
- Final decoration coat of architraves
- Maintenance and adaptation of fire alarm installations
Our main priority on the contract was to ensure the works were carried out with minimal disruption to staff and patients.
Shrewsbury Hospital needed doors that could withstand heavy daily use but had strict budgets to maintain and upgrade their buildings. Working closely with the door manufacturer we were able to supply a product that could provide lasting protection against trolley damage whilst keeping within the Hospital’s budget.
We know that patients are in hospital to rest and recover and they don’t want to be bothered by multiple tradespeople walking around. That’s why we kept a maximum of four tradespeople on site at one time.
During the day we found the hospital was very busy with patients and visitors milling around. This was going to delay the progress of work so we decided to carry out the work-out of-hours—doubling our productivity.
Infection Control. Two words that are so important in an hospital environment. To maintain good infection control we implemented the following procedures:
- All Fire Doors were delivered to a purpose- built container outside the Hospital, where they were meticulously cleaned down, dusted off, vacuumed and sealed.
- All staff carried hand gel and were told to use the hand sanitisers when moving between areas.
- Blue overshoes were worn by all personnel to reduce bacteria from shoes from entering the Hospital.
- We gave details of our work programme to the Hospital Cleaning Team in advance so they could clean the areas immediately after we finished.
We successfully completed the works on time and within budget. Our decision to complete the works out-of-hours meant there were no delays to the programme due to foot traffic and access restrictions.
The Hospital was delighted that the works were finished on time and within budget. We also received thanks from Hospital staff regarding our teams’ friendly and cheerful attitude towards patients and staff.