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Trafford General Hospital, Elm Ward

Client: Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

Architect: DAY Architects

Budget: £3m

Completed: 2020

Our team provided the feasibility study, detailed MEP RIBA Stage 4 design and construction phase site supervision for the remodelling of wards 15 & 16 at Trafford General Hospital. The refurbished 30-bed ward provides acute care and support to elderly in-patients across Greater Manchester. It includes meeting rooms, shared offices, an ADL kitchen, a dining room, a rehabilitation gymnasium, a hub room, and single and 4-bed bays with en-suite facilities.

As the wards are located on the first floor of a three-storey occupied building, the project’s design and strategy had to allow for minimal disruption to the rest of the building, which utilised shared plant and services. The heating system that serviced the first floor of the building was removed and replaced with new radiant panels, and HTM-03 compliant air handling units served from existing steam plate exchangers.

A temporary ventilation plant was installed to maintain the services whilst the air handling units were replaced on-site to maintain supplies to occupied areas of the building. As the existing redundant heating distribution pipes and other services were routed through the occupied ground floor ceiling void, the strip-out was coordinated and completed out of hours, with ceiling sections removed and reinstated. All new mechanical and electrical services in the new wards, including medical gas, alarms, emergency lighting, CCTV and nurse calls, were replaced.

The site and services were strategically planned and coordinated with the Hospital’s Estates Department to ensure minimal disruption within the hospital throughout the project.