Demolition work underway at Southmead Hospital

Thursday, 20 May 2010

Demolition work at Southmead is now well underway to clear the site ready for the building of the new £430m hospital.
North Bristol NHS Trust’s developers, Carillion, have already demolished the Medical School Teaching Unit and Postgraduate Centre, plus the Academy. In addition the Lewis Laboratories are almost gone.
Other buildings still to be demolished on the footprint of the new hospital include the former restaurant and catering department, the Silver Building which housed facilities staff and wheelchair services, the Lifeline Centre and pharmacy.
All of these buildings are in the footprint of the new hospital. Once they are all demolished, Carillion will erect hoarding around the site and building work on the new facilities can begin in earnest.
Once the hoarding is up, it will be easier to get around the site as the roadworks will generally be completed and all the building work will be contained in one area. This means that the rest of the hospital will be able to operate as normal up until the opening in 2014 when services will move from the old buildings into the new – leaving them, in turn ready for demolition.
The former pathology buildings on Southmead Way have also been completely demolished to make way for the building of a new 550-space multi-storey car park for visitors and staff which will be open in late 2010.
On completion of the new hospital, this car park will be for staff only with a separate visitor car park being constructed right next to the main entrance to the new hospital which will be accessible from inside the car park.
North Bristol NHS Trust has been working hard over the last few months to ensure the services housed in the buildings which needed to be demolished were relocated before work could begin on demolishing them.
This has been done in a mixture of permanent and high-quality temporary ‘modular’ buildings.
Staff have now moved into the £45million, state-of-the-art Pathology Sciences and Learning & Research buildings that can be seen from Monks Park Avenue.
In addition, catering has now moved into new temporary facilities. Kendon Café and Dining opened a few weeks ago and has proved popular with staff and patients alike.
Other services that have been located in temporary homes include CT, scanning and imaging, clinical engineering, the pharmacy and the hospital chapel.
Ruth Brunt, Chief Executive of North Bristol NHS Trust, said:Major work has been ongoing at the Southmead site over the past few months to get to this point.
“This has been something of a juggling act, ensuring that services located on the footprint of the new hospital are relocated in time for the demolition work to get underway.
“We have been working with Carillion to ensure the temporary facilities are of the highest possible standard as services will be based there for the next four years. Feedback on these has been incredibly positive from both patients and staff.
“It is incredibly exciting to see work get underway after all these years of planning and to see our new hospital facilities finally begin to take shape.”

Paul Dempster, Carillion's Managing Director Health Major Projects, said: “Achieving financial close in two months after being appointed preferred bidder for the project demonstrates the close working relationships we have established with the North Bristol NHS Trust, as well as Carillion's ability to provide a fully integrated solution for a state-of-the-art hospital, designed to the highest standards of sustainability.”