Clarkebond appointed to Royal Surrey Hospital Scheme

Clarkebond has been appointed to provide civil and structural engineering services on a multi-million pound development of the Royal Surrey County Hospital near Guilford.

The development comprises a new building to house the Urology Department, for which a planning application has recently been submitted and an extension to the St Lukes Oncology Department, which is expected to be submitted for planning in August.

The proposed new steel frame building for the Urology Department will provide consultation and treatment rooms, administrative and staff accommodation, clinical support accommodation and a lecture theatre.   Architects ADP have designed the buildings to reflect the style of other newer buildings on the site.

The proposed extension to St Luke’s will include a new Chemotherapy facility along with the part refurbishment of the existing building to create a new office/administration area, a welcoming and relaxing reception and waiting area and improvements to the existing environment for staff and patients as well as the new outpatients unit.   

There have been some design challenges on the scheme as both the new build and the extension will sit in front of the main hospital building and cover practically the entire available developable footprint on the existing landscape, requiring existing services including below ground drainage and several high voltage cables running underneath the proposed construction area to be diverted.

As part of the overall drainage strategy, an underground rainwater attenuation tank is provided to store excess run-off from the site as the existing ground conditions prevent the use of infiltration techniques. This tank system has to be sited outside the building but strategically within the limited footprint of the site. With little room for on-site construction, the superstructure of the building has been designed to be a fast-track steel frame solution with manufactured off-site floor construction system to ease delivery, handling and construction. An optimum shallowest structural floor has been provided in the form of ‘Slimflor’ construction which maximises the height available for floor to ceiling heights and service zones within the overall building constraints.

“This is a challenging site, but our experienced designers have worked with the design team to provide practical solutions that have maximised the site’s developable area,” comments Clarkebond Regional Director, Theodore Tai.

Client: Royal Surry County Hospital Foundation Trust
Project Manager/Quantity Surveyor:  K2 Consultancy
Civil and Structural Engineers:  Clarkebond
Architect:  ADP
M&E:  CBG Consultants