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RFS working through the night at Blackburn A & E to install metal deck for a new ACM extension

ROUND THE CLOCK CARE FOR NHS CONTRACT

Pre-Christmas, Raised Floor Solutions pulled out all the stops to deliver steel decking for the construction of a new £10M Acute Medical Unit (AMU) at one of the North West’s busiest Accident and Emergency Departments.

Working over four consecutive nights, Raised Floor Solutions’ Metaldeck team supplied and installed 790m2 of Kingspan Multideck MD60 for the construction of a new £10M 17,000ft2 three-storey extension at Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital, part of East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust.

Raised Floor Solutions worked closely with the Client to put together an out of hours programme, which would allow extra time to be gained on a very tight build programme. Night shifts also ensured any interference with highly calibrated equipment and operating theatres could be avoided.

Says RFS Operations Manager, Sarah Ormsby, “The new three storey extension is directly adjacent to the Hospital’s Emergency Department so meticulous attention to detail was invested during the pre-project planning stages to minimise any risk of disruption. Winter working through the night also brings additional health and safety and welfare issues for our team and the hospital community, which were risk assessed and monitored throughout the works.”

Kingspan MD60 XP with engineered ends was specified to the ground floor of the extension removing the requirement for the manual application of shear studs and therefore further reducing project timescales. Due to the nature of the building, the ground floor is inaccessible for maintenance. Specifying Kingspan XP, which is manufactured with a Magnelis® coating, provides enhanced corrosion protection and longevity.

Adds Sarah, “Our works needed to be completed prior to Christmas to enable the main contractor to complete concrete curing. We worked closely with our Client to achieve this goal; monitoring staff resources, attendances and supplementing labour to improve the agreed programme when required and ensure that our involvement was completed on schedule and follow-on teams could be brought in to deliver the new facility to the hospital on time.”

For more information on Engineered Ends and Kingspan XP with Magnelis® visit our Steel Decking pages.

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