Award recognition for Innovation in Healthcare

The Bridgwater Community Hospital development, for which Clarkebond provided civil, structural and geotechnical engineering services, has been recognised in the national ‘Building better Healthcare’ awards. The awards celebrate innovation, architecture, people, products and services that are helping to transform patient care in the UK.

The development was ‘Highly Commended’ in the ‘Innovations in P21+’ category which recognises innovative healthcare projects delivered through the procurement framework that that add value to the NHS client in terms of enhancing the patient experience, improving efficiency and reducing capital expenditure. The judges described the project as ‘A well thought-out facility that enhances the patient experience’.

Clarkebond teams overcame significant civil, structural and geotechnical engineering challenges on this project. With the site located within the Bridgwater flood plain, particular design consideration was given to solving surface water and flood risk issues. Clarkebond successfully negotiated an agreement with the Environment Agency and the Internal Drainage Board to raise general site levels by up to a metre. Quarry waste reinforced with geotextile was used to build up the site level, providing a suitable platform for the piling rig to work from and a smooth clean surface for the contractor to work on from day one.

The design included fully integrated SUDS on site with porous pavement car parks linked to a new ditch and pond system with ecological enhancements such as a new otter holt, profiling of the pond to provide an otter ledge and landscape planting to provide butterfly corridors to encourage the bio-diversity of the area. The integrity of the design was put to the test during the heavy rainfall through January and February and passed with flying colours!

An in-situ reinforced flat slab design was chosen to minimise structural zones and avoid obstructions to horizontal services distribution, which is critical in a hospital environment. A concrete roof enabled the installation of photo voltaic panels and other mechanical and electrical plant above and also gave total flexibility for the location of patient hoists and other such equipment beneath. Bridgwater Hospital. Further challenges were posed when a decision was made half way through construction to add an additional endoscopy department on the side of the building. Overhead and below ground services already re-routed across the proposed extension site had to be diverted again and the structure re-configured to accommodate the proposed endoscopy department.

Max Thurgood, Director, far right, represented Clarkebond at the Awards Dinner, with other project team members from IHP, Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Gleeds, Hulley and Kirkwood, DKA Architects.

Max Thurgood, Director, far right, represented Clarkebond at the Awards Dinner, with other project team members from IHP, Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Gleeds, Hulley and Kirkwood, DKA Architects.