Walsall Manor Hospital - Tilbury Douglas Engineering

Project Details

Project - Walsall Manor Hospital Urgent & Emergency Care Centre

Sector - Health

Technology - MEP/POD

Company - Tilbury Douglas Engineering

Project Overview:

Construction of a new Urgent and Emergency Care Centre at Walsall Manor Hospital to replace the current building whose physical environment struggles to meet  increasing patient flow demands. The new development, which has maximised MEP off-site engineering, incorporates a new emergency department with “front door”  access to a new Urgent Treatment Centre and Paediatric Assessment Unit with the first floor accommodating a new Acute Medical Unit.

The new multi-million pound Urgent and Emergency Care Centre at Walsall Manor Hospital has significantly embraced off-site engineering strategies for the MEP services resulting in enhanced programme delivery, improved health and safety, increased supply chain collaboration and efficient sustainable delivery. With off-site manufacturing and lean construction rooted within Tilbury Douglas Engineering culture, we embedded off-site solutions in our delivery strategy for safely, efficiently, and sustainably delivering key MEP elements of the project. We have taken advantage of pre-manufactured and off-site solutions to provide the Trust with low-risk, repeatable results in
controlled environments.

The project was also an early adopter of the NHS MMC Business Case compliance requirements acting as another driver for maximising MEP MMC off-site opportunities.
Our off-site strategy was reviewed during the preconstruction phase undertaking specific MMC/offsite workshops and opportunity and risk analysis to identify areas where off-site solutions would add value to the MEP installation resulting in the delivery of:

• 120 Horizontal Floor Modules

• Packaged Plantroom Skids for LTHW plant/pipework, pumpsets, boosted cold water, medical gas plant skids

• 50 Prefabricated Distribution Boards

• 110 Prewired & Pre-plumbed bedhead trunking units Our offsite approach has promoted collaboration across the supply chain for integrated delivery of the offsite

Specific examples include integration of key supply chain members into an online BIM collaboration environment for module co-ordination as well as collaborative factory manufacturing programmes and factory installation processes. The off-site approach has enhanced sustainability through reduced carbon impact from site deliveries and site trades travelling to site totalling a saving of 7.73 tonnes of CO2.

The off-site factory fabrication has reduced on site risk of injury by removing 7,000 hours off-site of which 5,355 were working at height which we always look to minimise where possible due to the increased risk. The off-site MEP solutions enabled programme acceleration of the MEP services whilst the build elements were simultaneously being constructed without MEP trade impediment/co-ordination. Overall this saved 7,000 hours on site equating to a programme efficiency of 18 weeks. The new facility will enhance clinical staff efficiency, provide improved quality of care, improved patient experience, and a much improved working environment for staff.

The overall project and off-site solutions are being delivered within budget and the project is on target for successful timely completion.