The £22 million scheme was to develop a new A&E department, linked to the existing hospital buildings and with a helipad on the roof for the local air ambulance. The new three storey building is located at the front of the existing hospital which remained operational throughout the construction.
To build a new state of the art accident and emergency facility without disrupting the workings of a busy general hospital.
How local authority building control helped
Over a number of years Surrey Heath building control team had developed an excellent working relationship with Frimley Park Hospital NHS Trust. So when the Trust was planning the new building it put together a multi-disciplinary team including local authority building control, fire officer, architect, contractors and the hospital’s estates team.
This close working relationship allowed effective design and quick approval of the project with the building control team consulted at pre-application. Their input was taken on board which lead to a quick approval of the application and any issues that occurred during construction being quickly resolved.
The close collaboration between building control, the hospital trust and its contractors has led to the delivery of an outstanding, high quality building in just over a year from start to finish. This accident and emergency building is now one of the largest resuscitation units in the country, housing 22 patient rooms, two new operating theatres and a rooftop helipad.
Published May 2013