St Pancras Public Mortuary

London Borough of Camden

This project entailed the refurbishment and extension to the existing St Pancras Public Mortuary.

The original building was extended by 90m2 to improve the essential post-mortem facilities, the staff working environment, main entrance foyer and other public areas.

The project presented a number of challenges due to the complex involvement of the specialist contractors design and works. There were nearly 50 separate subcontracted companies used to carry out these technically demanding works.

A weekend crane lift had to be organised to carry out the placing of the various items of AC plant on the roof and the installation of the solid pre-finished concrete entrance portal units. This operation alone required the involvement of eight different specialist companies.

The electrical connections to the new facility were very complicated due to the shared service with the existing office building next door used by the same client. Also the existing generator system had to be monitored, isolated and reconnected in association with the new supplies. This work involved two weekend shutdowns to avoid any loss of supply to the adjoining offices during the working week.

KEY POINTS:

  • Increased/upgraded facilities to revised bariatric requirements
  • Dedicated forensic post-mortem room
  • New observation areas
  • Improved staff areas
  • Improved public entrance and waiting room

LOCATION:
Camden

VALUE:
£1,700,000

PRINCIPAL CONSULTANTS:
Paul Murphy Architects

PROJECT DURATION:
30 weeks

This building was ‘Highly Commended’ in the Best End of Life Care Category of the BBH Better Healthcare Awards.

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