Integrated Health Projects (a joint venture between VINCI Construction UK and Sir Robert McAlpine) have successfully handed over the Huddersfield Royal Hospital Ward 18 refurbishment/accelerated Isolation Ward.

The completed project provides 15 new en-suite bedrooms with enhanced ventilation, separated utility rooms and new staff accommodation, and gives Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust additional capacity to respond to the COVID 19 pandemic.

Interior photo of Huddersfield Royal Hospital

When IHP agreed to deliver the project the Foundation Trust only had basic ward layouts, so completing the mechanical and electrical design and procuring materials to commence works on site was a significant challenge. “The response from the entire supply chain has been extremely impressive” said Marc Heaps, VINCI Senior Project Manager. “This project has truly been a team effort and the collective commitment to deliver has been exceptional”.

The project was undertaken within a rapid 80-day programme that required a 24/7 shift pattern, and within four days of completion the new ward was occupied by patients.

Jonny Hammond, Director of Operations, Medical Division said: I just want to say a huge thank you for all the work you put in to making this happen in such a short space of time. Getting it ready in just three months is a massive achievement and it will make a huge difference to patients”.