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World class environment and facilities for healthcare
Barts and The London new hospitals program, is a major advance in the level of partnership we can deliver and is one of Skanska's largest ever developments, with the construction value alone in excess of £1 billion.
The historic St Bartholomew's Hospital site has been the location of a hospital for some 900 years and has archaeological significance, as well as being the centre of a conservation area. It has been transformed into a state-of-the-art cancer and cardiac centre.
The Royal London Hospital, located in the culturally diverse East End of London, provides a specialist women and children's centre and facilities which continue the hospital's leadership in accident and emergency treatment.
Skanska ID and our investment partners are shareholders in the concession company, Capital Hospitals, which deliver a unique range of services. In addition to design, construction and hard FM, clinical support services, such as cleaning, catering and laundry, are supplied by Carillion, medical equipment by Siemens and sterile services by Synergy.
The first phase of the new Barts Hospital was handed over in March 2010. The main handover at The London took place beginning of 2012, and both projects will conclude in 2016.
At its peak the construction workforce consisted of around 1800 workers. Skanska encourages local employment by sending out job applications to local organizations, and 17 percent of the project workers are from areas around the projects.
34 percent of project subcontractors are from the Greater London area and Skanska is employing predominantly British companies on the project, which contributes toward regional economic development.
An employment program targeting the long-term unemployed is being implemented on both sites. Skanska also offers English classes for the construction workforce at the Royal London Hospital.
Approximately 100 local school students have visited the projects as part of an initiative to give disadvantaged young people job market experience. Skanska also ran mentoring groups at local schools.
The hospitals directly employ 7,400 people and are planning to increase the proportion of local employment by allocating 80 percent of new entry-level positions to local people, which could create around 900 new local jobs.
Niklas FranckCommunications Manager+44(0)2074294246
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Service: Construction, Public Private Partnerships, Facilities services
Market segment: Medical, healthcare and welfare
Concept: Building Information Modeling/ Virtual Design & Construction
Beyond construction benefits
BIM helps us to deliver complex projects faster, leaner and greener – with the benefits extending far beyond the handover date. Our work for Barts and the London NHS Trust is just one great example of how we have used BIM for construction and facilities management. Today, it is helping us to keep operating theatres, wards and public spaces in optimum condition, assisting in the delivery of world-class patient care.
BIM was used with great effect throughout the design and construction phases at St. Bartholomew’s and Royal London Hospitals. Improved planning and coordination resulted in significant savings and reduction in waste.
Savings from start to end
Clash prevention at the design stage identified that three doors needed to be increased in size and the depth of a downstand beam reduced. These simple changes ensured that the equipment could be installed with no demolition works needed also leading to considerable cost savings.
“On any project, what’s really important is access to data that can be interrogated in different ways – for quantities, room areas and more. We have learned on the Barts & Royal London project that if the designers concentrate on getting the design data right, then a variety of views – drawings, 3D models, spreadsheets and databases – can be generated or extracted as appropriate to allow us to improve how we work.”
David ThrossellBIM and Digital Engineering Operations Manager, Skanska UK
From construction to facilities management The first major task for the team was to locate, tag and catalogue all assets; heaters, fire extinguishers, air handling plant, chilled beams and the other services that keep the buildings running. These assets were spread throughout three towers of 10 to 18 storeys.
The traditional approach is to create an asset register from the design drawings and then manually find each asset to verify its location.
As the construction team had built according to BIM principles, the facilities management (FM) team could locate all assets simply using the as built model on their handheld devices.
The assets were catalogued many months ahead of schedule and tagged with relevant drawings, manuals and standard specifications. This is supporting FM teams in the service and maintenance of key equipment, as information is available exactly when it is needed.
Today, BIM is helping us to work more collaboratively and informing better decisions based on the best possible information – helping us to construct and maintain complex buildings and infrastructure.