Exceptional work for complex hospital project

WHEN only exceptional engineering expertise would do, troubled hospital Roseberry Park turned to Wakefield’s Services Design Partnership.

The Teesside hospital needed an engineering consultancy specialist that could review current systems within their existing buildings and prepare a corrective specification.

The PFI built NHS medium security hospital had discovered faults with its roof, pipework ventilation and electrical systems and was faced with a major project to rectify them.

Service Design Partnership (SDP) was recommended to project manager Rob Cowell by PHP Architects who had worked with them on previous healthcare projects.

Consulting engineers specialising in high quality mechanical and electrical (M&E) fittings, SDP demonstrated from the outset why they were a good choice.

“This project is extremely complicated with hidden services that demand very intrusive survey work to ascertain the exact problems and the extent of the remedial work,” said Rob Cowell.

“SDP has been very diligent and efficient, understanding the unique needs of such a hospital as Roseberry Park and suggesting ways to solve the problems.  They have a great work ethic and ethos at the heart of their operation.

“Their team of consultants gave us very honest feedback about the work needed and when we outlined the constraints we faced, they were able to modify their designs to fit the bill,” he said. 

“They came up with solutions that demonstrated that they understood the quality of work they had to deliver to meet our needs.”

Following the initial survey, SDP was commissioned to design the specification for a forensic decant ward that will enable Roseberry Park to move patients out of existing accommodation one ward at a time to allow them to replace the defective systems that are causing the problems.

They have also designed a new 300-bay secure car park to replace existing facilities where the new ward is being built and enable work to begin.

“This is a long-term project that will develop over a number of years until the whole site is remedied.  Now, at procurement stage for contractors, we are confident that SDP will work alongside the builder to oversee the development of the wards as they are upgraded,” he added.

“SDP has been exceptional.”

“Being able to add value to a very complex prpoject is part of our DNA,” said SDP director, Chris Armistead.  “It is rewarding that the client is happy and is looking to develop a long term working relationship.”