Intensive care Unit, specifically designed for Covid patients. William Hare were asked to provide the steel frame for an urgent ICU at the UHW at the outset of the Pandemic, something we took the challenge with, The project timescale was very aggressive with the need to have the frame designed, detailed, fabricated and erected with 5 weeks from offset.
What were the challenges and what made the project successful?
Having such a tight programme we had to carefully look at what materials for the frame, flooring, handrail etc was available in the market, due to the fact that most steel and product supplier had a very uncertain future at this moment in time, we had to make sure all products selected were readily available in the market and in the timescale we needed. The project was delivered under these very tight constraints on time to allow the placement of the prefabricated ICU units. We worked closely with the design team namely the Architect, Engineering and cabin manufacture to make sure all co-ordination was achieved, we did this by using Trimble connect to share models and overview them so we could clearly see any issues. The Tekla model used for visualization and communication purposes see to decide the build sequence and the best way to fit logistically into a very tight fully functioning and very busy Hospital.
The project in numbers
- Steel weight = 58 tonnes
- Conception to completion of steel frame = 5 weeks