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East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust Eastbourne Hospital

Appointed under the SCAPE Major Works framework to undertake the full refurbishment of the first floor and deliver a decant ward for fire safety works

Project Stats

18 weeks
£2 m
6,996 sq ft

Project Story

Willmott Dixon Interiors were appointed under the Scape Major Works framework to deliver the £2 million refurbishment of a former maternity ward. The ward was originally intended to provide flexible Decant Ward space, for a programme of fire upgrades to 8 other wards at Eastbourne General District Hospital in East Sussex.

Our team worked to deliver a rapid pre-construction period, progressing from PCSA appointment to financial close in 4 weeks, including the procurement of key supply chain packages.

The project itself included the re-modelling and internal refurbishment of a former maternity ward, creating new shower rooms, toilets and bed space for patients with medical gas installed. In a live environment our team held daily stakeholder meetings with the adjacent Pathology Lab staff to ensure minimal disruption to existing wards during the construction period. The works also involved installation of new window fenestrations and cladding to the exterior building and courtyards.

Through the delivery programme in November and December, the Trust saw a large increase in hospital admissions due to Covid, putting extreme pressure on their capacity to treat patients. Working alongside our Supply Chain Partners and in liaison with the Trust we accelerated works in order to provide additional bed space as the pandemic took hold. We handed over 6 beds early in late December, only two days later the Trust utilised the space for Covid patients. Our team handed over the remaining 22 beds on 18th January 2021, 11 days early.
Project Outcomes
  • Delivered within live hospital environment
  • Carried out throughout COVID-19 following Government guidelines
  • Early handover to ease COVID-19 pressure on the hospital
  • 28 bed space, medical gasses, nurse stations, sluice and drug store rooms
  • 99.9% Waste Diverted from Landfil, 92% SME Spend & 40/40 CCS scores

Project Team

Chris Linfoot × Operations Director
Josh Armstrong × Regional Head of Framework Management
Consultant team
Customer : East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust
Architect : AECOM
Quantity Surveyor : AECOM
Project Manager : AECOM
Structural Engineer: AECOM
Services Engineer: AECOM

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