Working to a seven-month construction programme, LST is constructing the two-storey structure on top of an existing building that will remain operational throughout. The project will involve the installation of extensive steelwork, which has to be craned onto the roof and vertically spliced to the existing steel columns.
Because of the nature of this work, the main road in front of the building will be closed, so LST is also responsible for diverting vehicles with a new traffic management plan, including signalling and signage.
LST’s Site Manager, Justin Horton, said: “It’s crucial that this new facility is completed by the end of November 2020, so that it’s ready for patients throughout the winter.
“As we’re working in a live environment and to such a tight programme, we have carried out extensive surveys to ensure occupiers will not be disturbed by any noise or vibrations.
“We have also put plans in place to overcome potential challenges, including using advanced machinery to quickly and safely remove 160 tonnes of stones and slabs from the existing roof ensuring the surface is ready for installing the steelwork.
We are humbled to be included as part of the delivery team providing infrastructure/facilities to support the front line staff”
The new oncology facility is one of a number of projects that LST has carried out at Southampton General Hospital within the last two years. The team was responsible for constructing a new £2.2m urology centre as well as extending the hospital’s north wing within a highly constrained courtyard. Most recently, LST also helped to transform the emergency department in preparation for managing patients affected by the Coronavirus.