McAvoy wins Northumbria offsite hospital wing job

Aaron Morby 6 years ago
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Offsite construction specialist McAvoy Group has been awarded its largest healthcare project.

The firm has taken a £15m order for a new wing at Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital in Cramlington.

Designed by healthcare specialists P+HS Architects, the new wing will replicate the appearance of the existing hospital which opened in 2015.

It will have a faceted external facade to create curved ends to the wing and will be finished in blue and white render.

Due for completion in Spring 2019, the first floor will be fitted out as part of this contract to accommodate one of the UK’s first purpose-designed Ambulatory Care units, with the other two floors fitted out in the next phase of the development.

Using an offsite solution, the 80,000 sq ft wing build programme has been cut in half to less than 12 months.

Raymond Millar, construction director of The McAvoy Group, said: “We are again pushing the boundaries of offsite construction. This is a highly complex project on a live hospital site.

“We are integrating with the design of the existing hospital and using offsite construction to deliver the building to a very short programme, achieve exceptional value for money and to the Trust’s stringent quality standards.

“We have developed a hybrid solution which incorporates both offsite and in-situ building methods and are maximising fit-out in the factory for this first phase to enhance quality and reduce disruption to staff and patients.”

Hospital project offsite innovations

It will use larger, bespoke modules up to 14.85m long which have been specially engineered to provide a structural flooring solution that seamlessly integrates with the existing hospital building.

Mechanical ventilation, heating and cooling systems will be installed in the ceiling voids in the McAvoy factory. This is believed to be an industry first in the healthcare sector.

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