Construction News reviews Royal Free A&E as Phase 4a completes

May 1, 2019

We’ve recently handed over the newest phase of the Accident and Emergency Department refurbishment at the Royal Free Hospital.

Phase 4a includes the extension and construction of further major bays, isolation rooms, mental health space and provision of ancillary accommodation within the adult treatment area. Further to this, 18 bed bays were created for patient treatment, along with an adult assessment treatment space, phlebotomy offices and a therapy department.

The hospital and the A&E department has continued to remain operational throughout the entire 19-phase redevelopment and a close working relationship has been formed with the Trust and Clinical Teams to minimise disruption for patients and staff.

This sensitive approach as been covered by Construction News this month who spoke to ourselves and Mace, the Project Managers at Royal Free, to discuss how collaboration and communication has aided delivery in such a complex environment.

William Logan, Managing Director, reflected on the live aspects of the project in the article, commenting “It’s about the appreciation of the environment that you’re in, for us, there are contractual arrangements in place, but it’s also about common sense – about understanding you’re in a sensitive environment.”

It is this approach that has led to minimal stoppages through the scheme and enabled us to deliver the vision of the Trust and Clinical Teams.

The overall project is close to completion, with final handover scheduled for July. Once completed, the new facility will ensure the emergency department is fit for purpose, with increased capacity, enabling staff to give patients world leading care.