New Modular Ward Building at Hillingdon Hospital, Uxbridge

Bailey Partnership

Bailey Partnership are currently working with Western Building Systems to deliver a 3 storey modular ward building at Hillingdon Hospital in Greater London. This £12m new healthcare building will provide specialist Paediatrics, Dementia and Rehabilitation ward facilities and is part of a longer-term plan by the Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to redevelop the whole hospital site with new facilities. Bailey Partnership are providing Architectural and MEP services alongside Alan Woods Partnership who are providing Civil and Structural Engineering.

The building has been designed as a hybrid form of construction with 83 modules constructed off-site forming the main bulk of the building, whilst a traditional steel structure houses the primary stair and lift core and connects the modular building with 2 existing buildings on site. A fully accessible plant deck on the roof behind a louvred screen provides for most of the critical plant equipment and in particular full mechanical ventilation to the building.

The physical restrictions that a construction site puts onto a hospital can increase risks between heavy construction traffic and members of the public or patients, as well as the general disruption to day-to-day and clinical activities. By utilising Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) and in particular off-site construction, the project is able to reduce the impact on the live hospital site, the time-on-site, and in reducing the number of deliveries. The modules have been craned in and installed over a 10 day period following initial enabling works to prepare the site. This effectively created a weatherproof shell enabling both internal fit-out works and external roofing and cladding works to proceed in tandem which further assists in managing a challenging programme.

Bailey Partnership Architectural and Building Services Engineering disciplines have been working closely with both the Contractor and Client Team to develop the specific clinical requirements for the new ward facilities using a combination of Revit and BIM360 to provide a fully coordinated BIM model. This has enabled the team to respond and adapt quickly to changing and evolving requirements during the course of the project. In addition, the use of Cloud-based collaborative software, video conferencing and digital meeting tools has ensured the project has proceeded with minimal impact from the current global pandemic.

Hillingdon Hospital is one of a number of healthcare projects currently being undertaken by Bailey Partnership and adds to an extensive range of schemes completed using Modern Methods of Construction and Offsite Fabrication.