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CHt delivered all MEP services, using a ‘one team’ approach with Laing O’Rourke as main contractor. CHt specialist business Enterprise Solutions also delivered the BMS, communications systems, CCTV, access controls, intercoms and intruder alarms. The project was managed with a combination of directly delivered DfMA solutions and local subcontractor expertise, enabling delivery at pace while supporting the local economy.
Programme savings were made by using prefabricated services modules and bathroom pods. For example, we installed 241 fully serviced bathroom pods two weeks ahead of programme. Meanwhile, over 1,500 prefabricated service modules have streamlined onsite installations. These include 54 riser modules, 633 horizontal modules, 34 valve sets, seven pump skids, and 58 air handling units (AHUs) weighing between two and five tonnes each.
In response to the COVID-19 crisis, through further productivity efficiencies, targeting of resources to ward areas, combined with completing works out of hours and staggered working hours, we further accelerated the programme to release beds 30% earlier than the original programme while simultaneously complying with new operating standards. This involved close collaboration with the Trust for fitout works while we completed finishes, and a fantastic commitment from our supply chain.