- Client: South London and Maudsley NHS Mental Health Trust
- Sector: Healthcare
- Value: DBH £53m CYP £50m
- Size: GFA - DBH 10,000m2, CYP 10,000m2
- Location: London
- Services: Construction, Digital Construction, McAlpine Design Group
Integrated Health Projects (IHP), our joint venture with Vinci Construction UK, were tasked to re-furbish the outdated Douglas Bennett House building at South London & Maudsley Hospital (SLaM).
Under a Procure 21+ framework contract, this was investigated and eventually a decision to demolish and re-build was approved by the Trust. This will see a new and improved mental health facility at the hospital, which will provide modern care for the local community. After further consultation, IHP was contracted to further develop a new building, Children and Young Persons (CYP), to add value to their broader scope of mental health improvements, including specialist research facilities for children and young people in the South of England. Both buildings are now underway, and form part of the broader SLaM project. To service both buildings, a new energy centre will also be provided. IHP are working with the same design team for both buildings, making this a strong partnership with the South London and Maudsley NHS Mental Health Trust as our client.
State of the art mental health care for children
Having developed a strong relationship with the client, the award of CYP was largely due to the cost saving benefit from having a capable and trusted project team already onsite. The team were tasked with gaining planning approval and pushing the design through a commercially challenging aspiration. Children and Young Persons will be a nine-storey building, featuring a 14 bed ward, a school for children with long term mental health issues, open plan offices and space for research. There will be sports facilities, including a football pitch on the roof. The concept was to create a modern and safe space, for children and young people to use, who are deemed at the extreme end of the accepted behaviour scale.
The team have been challenged with CYP, having to excavate the basement and work in a very tight space on site. Poor foundations under these adjacent buildings resulted in the team having to find design solutions that prop the existing building whilst enabling the progression of works. Despite the best endeavours, some differential movement has occurred. These challenges are not at present of structural concern, but unsightly cracking of existing walls, has brought about the need for local redecoration. Furthermore, many of the existing buildings on site contained asbestos and were required to be demolished.
CYP is expected for completion in mid 2023.
Managing tight logistical challenges
Both DBH and CYP sit on a busy hospital site, that require 24/7 access. Kings College Hospital, just across Denmark Hill, is a major trauma centre that serves 70,000 Londoners.
Due to the site location, the same blue light routes that ambulances and emergency services use, is the same route used for deliveries at SLaM. It is a constant imperative that our deliveries and logistics do not interrupt, delay or interfere with the ambulance access. The site has narrow roads, and there is a particularly challenging section that requires deliveries to reverse down a particular part.
The London Overground runs through the drop zone of a tower crane, and the bridges over railway lines all have strict weight restrictions.
Finally, the route to CYP runs past a school, and means no site vehicles leave or arrive during the busy pickup and drop-off times.
All these factors create an incredibly nuanced and complicated operating environment, which require 12 traffic marshals to help lorries and vehicles get in and out safely, and ensure the hospital and surrounds continues to run business as normal. The logistic challenges are all managed by a single IHP site team, providing the client with additional benefits with the dual appointment of both DBH and CYP.
Social value and community engagement
Part of IHP’s appointment, involves social value contributions to the local community, something all our projects take pride in doing.
The SLaM project teams are committed to providing positive educational engagement with local residents and promoting careers in the construction industry.
SRM and IHP have a continuing relationship with Building Pathways, who train providers and specialist organisations that support emerging talent from under-represented groups into the industry.
After an initial collaboration with Building Pathways in May 2021, IHP helped co-deliver a second course which delivered a multitude of outcomes. This included employer led workshops and masterclasses, focusing on construction, the built environment and job preparation.
They also facilitated CCS Green Cards and L1 Health & Safety in Construction Environment training and tests (with a 90% first time pass rate). Site visits were conducted at SLaM, of which access to local jobs and apprenticeships were given. 40% of participants gained a job within six weeks.
IHP will continue to support programs like this and provide opportunities for work experience and employment with the supply chain on site.
SLaM also collaborated with a neighbouring Sir Robert McAlpine project Springfield University Hospital, sending them excess crushed materials with a 6F2 certification that ended up being re-used on the Springfield University Hospital site. This meant both sites reduced their environmental impact and made cost savings.
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