New Build – A week in the life…
For this update we thought we’d share an insight into a significant week for the new build.
Last week was an important week for the project, the construction plan was in danger of slipping after problems sourcing the final sections of roofing material and the weather turning decidedly autumnal!
The final crane lift was scheduled for Monday to put the final sections of roof structure in place. Unfortunately the torrential rain meant that the vacuum device required for the lifts just would not hold and so the lift had to be postponed.
Labour on site was also a problem with protests on the M25 preventing key teams getting to site. We were hopeful for good weather on Wednesday for our foundation stone ceremony, although the rain continued to hamper our preparations right through Tuesday. However the promise of a rainbow was great to see.
Our regular assurance report with the trustees at the Financial Sustainability Committee was presented on Tuesday, ensuring that our trustees are kept informed of the legal and financial control of the project.
Although Wednesday started with rain the blue sky came along just in time and we were able to welcome 60 guests to the unveiling of the foundation stones together with media to ensure the message around our ambitions for outstanding hospice care was spread to our wider community.
Thursday saw the weather remaining kind and although the motorway protests continued we were able to complete the roofing crane lift (at last!) and the teams on site progressed the brickwork and roof tiling to get us closer to a watertight frame.
We were also able to welcome several of our new neighbours from Woodgate onto the site so they could see more of what hospice care is and how this building site on their doorstep is progressing – some useful contacts made over tasty hospice cake!
Whilst the current work to conclude the superstructure continues, throughout the week we were also working with the design team to confirm the detail of the interior design.
The next build stage is to bring all the services including heating, ventilation, medical gases, water, power and data into the building. Coordinating all this is a complex task and a number of detailed reviews continue with the various specialists to ensure there are no clashes in this final fitout.
And looking further on still, we were able to review our operating plans with the hospitality and hospice at home teams visiting site. We also had insight to how others run dementia friendly care homes, giving the clinical teams inspiration to our own approach. All of this provides the insight necessary to ensure our furniture and fittings also all support the best environment we can for our patients reflected in our detailed room plans – plenty more to get our heads around next week!