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Transforming an old surgical ward into a sophisticated ICU for COVID patients

Design and Specification | Healthcare

Great things can be achieved in construction when trades, designers, managers and the client work together to achieve a common goal!

During the first wave of COVID 19 Electrio was asked to assist in a group project to transform Pierce Ward, an old surgical ward at Royal United Hospital, into a sophisticated ICU (Intensive Care Unit) that could be used to help care for COVID patients.  

Out with the old, in with the new

Works began with stripping out all existing installations and services to leave a bare shell. We then installed new air handling units, medical gases, UPS (uninterruptible power supplies) and IPS (isolated power supply) units and an N+ 1sub-distribution (one main supply and one back up supply capable of carrying the full load of the main supply should the main supply fail). We also installed new lighting and power to facilitate all locations.

A team effort to be proud of 

Led by Tony Phelps our team worked 7 days a week for 6 weeks - at times we had fifteen members off staff on site. Everyone involved was immensely proud to have played their part in completing and delivering a much-needed, high quality care unit. So needed that patients started using it the same day it was opened.

“Just to say thank you to all those involved in this project - for delivering the job in time, on budget and to an excellent standard. ”

Business Development & Planning Director, Wiltshire Community Health Services

“I was very impressed with the dedication and commitment of your staff when carrying out the works to a very high standard in very difficult circumstances i.e. reduced working period, additional works and having to work out of sequence to facilitate other trades. I can only thank you again and ask that you pass this on to all of your team. I do not know how you managed to achieve it, but you did.”

Building Officer, North Bristol NHS Trust

“Special thanks for the last push over the weekend to complete all of our tasks. Please pass on our thanks to all of your teams, you have done us proud in the project department. Well done.”

Dairy Crest Limited

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