|Project:||Sherwood Oaks Hospital|
|Client:||Interserve for Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust|
Extensive and highly complex soft strip paves the way for hospital renovation.
It was once a medium-security psychiatric hospital but the site is set to be transformed into a hospital for working-age patients with acute mental health needs. A variety of developments and changes were therefore required to make it fit for that purpose and to ensure patients receive care in the best facilities whilst maintaining safety, privacy and dignity.
As part of the renovation of the hospital, Cawarden was employed to undertake the soft strip and alterations works of Blocks A, B and C over the ground and first floor.
The hospital strip out was extensive and highly complex due to the nature of the fixtures, fittings and furnishings which were specially designed, reinforced/heavy-duty and installed to ensure the safety and security of former patients.
Before the strip out could begin, Cawarden undertook several investigations and trials. This involved devising unique methodologies and techniques to remove fixtures, fittings and furnishings with careful attention to protect and not cause damage to retained features or the building’s structure. We also carried out roof and damp investigations.
A partnership approach was key to the success of this unique project. This included close liaison with Interserve, the NHS and the client’s structural engineers. Cawarden’s attention to detail on the project was second to none and planned works were meticulously checked and re-checked to ensure the desired outcome as there was no room for error.
Other works included brickwork alterations as part of the window removal process; Several internal walls were demolished to open up spaces including the main reception area; An array of items were required to be removed and saved, and in preparation for new electrical to be installed, we undertook box cutting work.
The hospital blocks were stripped back to the bare bones, including a total of 72 ensuite bedrooms. From the reinforced doors to secure windows, wardrobes and vinyl flooring; everything was removed – including the bathrooms and associated plumbing.
Due to so many unknowns about the building, Cawarden’s scope of works extended from an original 6 weeks to 14 weeks – and as the project evolved, Cawarden remained committed and flexible throughout to see the works through; providing dedicated labour and resources as required by the client.
All materials were removed from the site in designated wood, metal and general waste skips.
Cawarden’s work at Sherwood Oaks Hospital has prepared the bedrooms to receive all new fixtures and fittings as part of the renovation which will pave the way for changes needed for patients, staff and visitors to receive the best services and level of care.