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Case study

The Royal London & St Barts Hospitals

Skanska Construction

Shire were appointed as a subcontractor to install the IPS Panelling and the loose items of sanitaryware, at both the Royal London Hospital and the St Barts Hospital. Both projects were managed by Skanska Construction and were installed concurrently, with Shire providing an on-site management team for both projects.

This involved working closely with Venesta Washrooms Ltd on the liaising with site dimensions, sequence of deliveries and off-site storage of the removable panels, including the co-ordination of such deliveries to match the programme laid down by Skanska Construction.

The two projects combined totalled £ 2.2million worth of turnover for Shire (labour only), with the material purchase added to this value, would result in a total supply and fit figure of £ 6.5million. The programme of works has seen Shire on site with a permanent management team for over three years.

The work content involved Shire not only installing the IPS panels, but also undertaking the final connections of hot / cold and waste pipework, including the phenolic lagging of the pipework.

All works were then flush tested and commissioned prior to the final fix panels being fixed into place.

At the Royal London Hospital, the project was split down into three main towers. Shire had a management structure on site that involved an overall project manager, then a sub-manager that was responsible for each tower. Within this team, a Supervisor then had the overall responsibility for the labour out on site. This enabled the project to be attacked with a co-ordinated approach, with a clear chain of responsibility from the Skanska floor manager, right down to the Shire team supervisor.

Both projects were significant in size, with an anticipated final project value of over £ 1 billion. The Royal London, Britain's current largest hospital, is spread over 17 floors, with each floor having the m2 of two football pitches! Some of the combined items of sanitaryware for the two projects equate to;

  • 1300 single WC units
  • 3436 single WHB units, (En-suite and clinical)
  • 144 Slop Hoppers
  • 125 Scrub Troughs
  • 95 DSU Sinks

All works were fully tested and commissioned, including the preparation of full sign off documentation and snag rectification.

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Healthcare Projects

Part of the Designed for Life programme of Welsh Health Redevelopment, Ystrad Mynach benefited from a new 220 bedroom hospital, built by Bristol based BAM Construction.

Shire were approached to take on the hospital panelling, sanitaryware and final plumbing connections of all the sanitaryware items throughout the hospital. BAM Construction wanted a quality system, that could be part compiled off site with the added benefits of factory conditions. Shire came up with a scheme that not only provided this, but also worked within the tight budgets that BAM had to achieve.

Shire appointed Bushboard Washrooms to manufacture the core panels and flashgap, along with pre-made boxed out units for the clinical washbasins.

Caerphilly General

To assist with the needs of BAM, Shire set up an off site assembly unit in Crumlin. From here, Shire took delivery of the Bushboard panels. The panels without sanitaryware, were labelled up and stored for fitting on site at a later date. The panels that required sanitaryware were mounted onto a plywood subframe, fitted, tested and mastic sealed.

Sanitaryware fully provided by Armitage Shanks, consisting of;

  • Janitorial Units
  • Slop Hoppers
  • Plaster Sinks
  • Doon General Purpose Sinks
  • Clinical Washbasins
  • General Washbasins
  • Wall mounted extended WC pans

Units were connected by Shire. Final testing & commissioning undertaken in line with BAM's commissioning programme.

Contract Value: £2.1million

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As part of the redevelopment of Prince Charles Hospital, Laing O'Rourke took on the project of refurbishing and extending the existing Accident and Emergency Unit, with the addition of a Day Surgery Unit to the first floor.

Prince Charles A&E

Shire were appointed to undertake the panelling and sanitaryware works to the project. This involved using Bushboard Washroom's panel system, combined with pre-made boxed units by Paneltec Manufacturing.

A number of the ward areas also benefited from ensuite facilities, which were made from Solid Grade Laminate. All areas were fitted using Armitage Shanks clinical sanitaryware, to normal hospital standards. These consisted of the panel mounted Sensorflow 21 spout's, which we programmed for specific run times, and 24 hour anti-legionella flushing.

Shire were also asked to provide within the Endoscopy area of the Day Surgery Unit, a bespoke stainless steel endoscopy unit, fitted with provisions for the various scope cleaning equipment that the hospital were providing.

Contract Value: £175,000

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Southampton General

BAM Construction undertook a number of projects at Southampton General Hospital over a 5 year period, employing Shire to undertake all of the IPS Evolve panelling systems, provided by Venesta Washrooms.

One of the projects that we completed was the fit out of the Paediatrics department. This utilised the speed and efficiency of the pre-plumbed Venesta panelling system (fitted off site with sanitaryware), along with final plumbing connections on site provided by Shire. Shire also provided, within certain rooms, the Horne Optitherm panel mounted taps, a tap which can provide blended hot and standard cold water.

Contract Value: £950,000

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University Hospital of Wales

Shire were appointed by Cowlin Construction to undertake the installation of the IPS panelling and loose sanitaryware on this prestigious project at the University Hospital at Heath Park in Cardiff. The project was challenging, in that it was split into 5 phases of work, spread over 2.5 years. It also posed the usual challenges of working within an existing building, trying to fit new build material around existing service provisions.

The work consisted of IPS Evolve pre-plumbed units, provided by Venesta Washrooms, along with loose items of Armitage Shanks sanitaryware. The usual installation of HTM sanitaryware was included, namely; slop hoppers, scrub trough's, janitorial units, clinical basins and clinical WC pans. Each tap fitted was a programmable unit by Armitage Shanks, which allowed individual user settings to be defined, and provision of a 24 hour anti-legionella flushing cycle.

Contract Value: £450,000

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Wonford Maternity Unit

BAM Construction were appointed to construct the new Maternity Unit at Wonford in Exeter. The unit consisted of 60 bedrooms, that were each fitted with a clinical boxed out washbasin unit, and ensuite facilities.

Shire were appointed to provide a panel and sanitaryware solution, so turned to Venesta Washrooms. The work consisted of a typical HTM installation, with pre-plumbed IPS Evolve units complete with sanitaryware. Shire also undertook the final 500mm plumbing connections from valves left by others, up to our appliance. Commissioning and testing were also completed, along with a typical QA procedure provided by BAM Construction.

Several of the wards were fitted out with birthing pools, again provided by Shire. These were fitted with RADA Sense electronic spout taps, for specific temperature control of the water contained within each of the birthing pools.

Contract value: £550,000

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