The six-month project involved fitting out an area above Southampton General Hospital’s loading bay to create clinical and treatment rooms for urology outpatients, waiting areas, a reception, office space and a staff room. The day unit also comprises a new lithotripsy suite featuring advanced machinery and technology for treating kidney stones.
The scope of works required some alterations to the existing offices to reduce the space and allow for a new corridor entrance. New partition walls were installed along with air conditioning, bespoke furniture and IPS in every room.
As part of the enabling works, a new air handling unit and supporting steelwork had to be mounted onto the building’s roof using a crane, and the existing roof felt and insulation removed.
Adding to the project’s challenges, the design meant that a new access was required for lift room maintenance. To deliver this, LST had to cut through 245mm thick reinforced concrete without breaching health and safety noise levels, which was achieved through full extraction and wet cutting.
Additional complexities included the need to transport all site materials through seven live corridors to LST’s compound, which was created to efficiently manage deliveries and control waste.
Throughout the work, all construction noise had to be kept to a minimum and it was essential that no patients or staff were disrupted. Effective communication with the UHS estates team and the unit’s designers helped to keep the programme on track.
This contract adds to a number of projects delivered by LST for UHS in recent years, including a new hospital ward, an extension to the hospital’s north wing, and a new pulmonary laboratory.