Simons start Phase 2 of works in Cambridge
The second phase of work for Nuffield Health has begun on site in Cambridge. This phase will see Simons begin demolition of the majority of the original hospital to provide additional parking and landscaping, with the retention and refurbishment of one wing to provide the pathology department and medical records as well as staff facilities, offices and meeting rooms. This second phase, all complemented by final landscaping works, will be completed in Summer 2016.
The £30m project, with a construction value of £15m, has seen another successful collaboration between P+HS Architects and Simons Construction as the main contractor, sees a vast amount of new features and facilities, creating a more fluid flow throughout the departments, for patients and staff alike. The new 38 bed hospital includes in-patient and outpatient departments, 16 consulting rooms; Oncology and Endoscopy services; diagnostic imaging department including 2 x-ray rooms, Mammography, MRI and CT scanners; a Physiotherapy department and gym; a pharmacy and 3 state-of-the-art digital theatres. Staff areas also include a terrace and a breakfast bar. Simons have also been carrying out associated support services which include drainage, external services and external works.
Enabling works began in late January 2014, with the main construction work beginning in March 2014. The works have provided a steel frame that has provided space and the allowance for top floor theatres, all ‘cranked‘ into and over the existing hospital, further highlighting the complexities on site within such a restricted site area. During construction, the team provided several site tours and presentations for interested parties, including the adjacent school, St Faith’s, local charity Headway and the Cambridge Construction Forum committee. The existing hospital has remained in full operational use throughout the duration of construction, which Simons handed over to the client on May 26 th 2015.