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Due to the increased pressure put on Lincoln County Hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic, it was identified that there was an urgent need to improve the capacity of the A&E department.
The key driver for the scheme was speed of delivery to ensure that an urgent treatment centre could accommodate increased demands as infection numbers rose.
With speed in mind, the appointment was made via direct award through our Medium Works Framework, allowing G F Tomlinson to mobilise on site in less than 3 weeks following planning approval, with the team fast-tracking the delivery of work by working extended hours and seven days over week to meet the tight 24-week deadline.
The project saw the construction of a single-storey flat roof extension to the A&E department to create a new urgent treatment centre, which also included the formation of a new entrance to allow segregation of inbound patients and public from the construction work.
The new facility provided:
The busy hospital remained operational at all times during construction, with the delivery team closely coordinating with the hospital team to ensure no disruption to care despite unpredictable levels of activity.
Close collaboration with the facilities management and estates teams was employed due to the high degree of mechanical and electrical content in the new facility. Incorporating the principles of the B Soft Landings approach, this ensured that the team had input into the installation of key equipment and provision and saw them involved in commissioning and handover strategy to ensure there were no defects at final completion.
Members of G F Tomlinson’s delivery team also remained on site for two weeks after practical completion to ensure that all training and queries from staff were addressed without delay.
Carl Wiltshire, framework & preconstruction development manager at G F Tomlinson, said: “G F Tomlinson is extremely proud to have been selected by the United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust to deliver this important scheme, which was an emergency-funded project, fast-tracked to help ease pressures and improve infection prevention control in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our response ensured rapid mobilisation on site and completion on time within a tight 24-week programme.
“All parties and our supply chain worked collaboratively to provide essential cost / programme / quality input throughout to support the fast-track delivery of this high-profile scheme.”
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