Hospital sites can pose challenges when installing our healthcare facilities due to limited availability space on site, both in terms of providing adequate space for new developments and allowing a clear access route for modules that can be up to 18 meters long, 5 meters wide and more than 4 meters tall.
Guy’s Hospital provided our team with a more significant challenge. It is a central London site in a built-up residential area making difficult to manoeuvre large modules, with limiting conditions for when road closures can take place owed to its SE1 postcode. The site itself is very narrow at approximately 19 meters wide with two multi-storey buildings looking down on it from either side. The site was so tight that at points to crane’s position was a mere 4 inches from the King’s College London New Hunt’s House building when lifting modules that weighed more than 21 tonnes.
Our project and site team took the installation in stride, completing all 14 lifts despite also battling high winds and snow. Now the project continues with internal fit out progressing and commissioning to take place.
These are the third and fourth of ten operating theatres that ModuleCo are installing at hospital sites across the country over six weeks through February and March 2023, two having already been installed at Leicester General Hospital.