St. Bart's Hospital

KEY FACTS

LOCATION: Smithfield, London
CONTRACTOR: Costain
CLIENT: St. Bart's and the London NHS Trust
VALUE: £1.3m
SECTORS: Commercial, mixed use, residential and retail
SERVICES: Construction and Civil Engineering, Fabrication, Demolition and Civil Engineering

St. Bartholomew’s Hospital was founded in 1123 and is the oldest functioning hospital on its original site. It was redeveloped in the 18th century when the West Wing was constructed between 1743 and 1752. The West Wing building remained largely unchanged until it was modernised to provide a Cancer Centre of Excellence. The West Wing is a Grade I listed Georgian building.

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Kilnbridge completed the soft strip of the existing building which contained wards and offices on all levels and the removal of the existing lathe, plaster ceilings and plaster to the walls whilst retaining the existing coving and ornamental fire places. The works required the retention of the existing oak beam floors on the upper levels which involved extensive strengthening with steel plates and bolted through connections. After this, Kilnbridge oversaw the removal of the existing oak beam at all levels within the central core and the installation of new structural steel beams and RC composite slabs.

The works also involved the removal of the basement slab in the existing low headroom brick vaulted basement. This was followed by the digging out of the basement to reduce the level and construct a new RC slab to provide sufficient headroom for access to a new M&E plantroom.

Finally, the works required the construction of a heading for a new sewer connection and temporary works that involved needling and propping to existing chimneys to provide new structural openings for service routes.

All of these works were carried out surrounded by a live hospital environment with existing hospital wings in close proximity around the courtyard. The control of noise and dust was carefully controlled and monitored. The logistics of deliveries and skip collections was closely managed due to tight access at this central London location. Due to insufficient on site storage areas, “just in time” deliveries were required.