A new and sophisticated electrical system to service vital hospital equipment
London builders Kind & Co were commissioned to build a two-storey extension to Highgate Hospital in North London, part of the Aspen Healthcare Group. The work formed part of a £13 million extensive redevelopment and expansion programme to include 43 patient rooms (all en-suite), a High Dependency Unit, four fully-equipped operating theatres, a state of the art Endoscopy Suite, Physiotherapy Suite, 15 outpatient rooms, and a private GP service.
They turned to GCL to design and install a new electrical ‘intra-structure’ system to service the new wing’s diagnostic suite. This would give patients access to a state-of-the art equipment and services including Computed Tomography (CT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), 3/4D Ultrasound, Digital Fluoroscopy and Digital X-Ray services. This required specialised work delivered to the highest possible standard.
All existing hospital services needed to be kept fully operational throughout the project. GCL were the obvious choice with their unrivalled reputation for working within occupied premises where health and safety are paramount.
The hospital’s primary needs
The new electrical distribution systems needed to power both the new extension and specialised equipment and the hospitals existing buildings and facilitates.
Key requirements were:
- All work had to be conducted at a busy, working hospital
- To supply both the existing building and the new building
- The system had to comprise austenitic stainless steel trunking and metallic trunkings
- Two new LV transformers had to be connected to the existing grid
- The new installation must be sympathetic to the style and decor of the new building
Risks and challenges to overcome
It was vital to get everything right first time within the occupied premises. GCL’s design team were involved in technical discussions from the outset which avoided expensive or time-consuming ‘unpicking’ later on.
There were many challenges including:
- Large distribution sub main supplies installed through difficult pathways
- High integrity ‘MEIGaN’ earthing system for operating and scanning areas
- Supply and installation of UPS/IPS system
- Excavation to enable installation of the new LV supply
- Temporary road closures for equipment delivery
- Demolition of part of the existing building
Success through planning
The expert knowledge and invaluable advice given at every stage of the planning and building process enabled the work to be done to the highest possible standards.
In order for the work to run smoothly, GCL created a delivery and logistics plan to:
- Maintain the energy supply to critical hospital equipment
- Create detailed logistics to allow for craned delivery
- Keep site storage to a minimum
After two months of planning, installing and testing the new intra-structure electrical system, the 2,500 sq ft multi-million pound diagnostics suite was ready for work. Mark Lyons, director at Highgate Private Hospital, said: “This new development means we can give our patients a quicker and more flexible service delivered by highly skilled radiographers and some of the country’s top consultant radiologists.”
Top quality work delivered on time and on budget
The hospital is delighted with the new extension and its efficient new intra-structure electrical services. The main contractors, Kind & Co quickly commissioned GCL for another project as the unique skills of GCL complemented and enhanced their reputation.
By using GCL, the client ensured:
- The provision of state-of-the art, fully compliant electrical services
- The project was delivered with the minimum of disruption
- Work was completed on time and on budget
- The seamless integration of existing and new buildings
- Patient and staff safety was treated as a priority