Bransholme Health Centre provides minor injuries, GP and community services.
As acute hospital services come under increasing pressure, there is a greater need to provide services in alternative and suitable locations within the community.
NHS Hull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has identified the centre as a base to deliver urgent care services, which included converting existing rooms in the centre to house new X-Ray diagnostic facilities and ensure more advanced care can be offered to patients.
Sewell Construction built the health centre as part of the Local Improvement Finance Trust (LIFT) programme in 2012.
Sewell was appointed to create the X-Ray suite, changing facilities, waiting room and a screening room at the centre in an eight-week programme, reconfiguring existing space as part of Hull’s first Urgent Care Centre.
We worked collaboratively with the client, Citycare, as well as the end user, City Health Care Partnership (CHCP) and X-Ray providers and installers Agfa to develop the design.
Due to a strict eight-week deadline, it was essential to have excellent lines of communication between everyone involved from the outset.
We held regular meetings and sourced a tried and trusted supply chain to complete the work.
Many of the supply chain worked on the original building and have worked in other areas of the health sector, so they knew the environment and what was required.
We planned to work out of hours on nights and weekends to ensure the scheme deadlines were met and disruption to the rest of the building and staff was kept to a minimum, as it was a live environment.
Bransholme Health Centre is incredibly busy with high footfall and open 24/7, so we also put plans in place to ensure cleanliness and hygiene was maintained throughout.
Delivery times were also altered to avoid busy times.
The design was finalised before the project began and we worked with Citycare throughout to ensure all requirements were met. The original building was designed to be flexible, which meant reconfiguration was always possible for future needs.
Environmental considerations were also taken into account and we worked with radiation protection specialists Wardray Premise Ltd, as the X-Ray facility needed to be lead-lined.
Completing the project on time was essential, as the X-Ray facility formed part of the wider urgent care offer being created at the centre.
Several key milestones were reached during the work, including removing and demolishing existing treatment rooms, installing the shell and carrying out lead work, as well as mechanical and electrical work.
We then installed the rooms, plastered, laid the floor, decorated, hung doors and ensured the specialist fit-out for the X-Ray machine.
Internal snagging was carried out by Sewell and Citycare before CHCP made their final checks. This attention to detail made for very few final jobs.
We also installed data points in the new areas for ICT use and brought some furniture, such as desks and chairs, over from the X-Ray facility at Marfleet Health Centre.
Given the nature of the facility, radiation checks were carried out and certified by building control and the end users to meet the required standards.
The project was delivered on time and on budget with zero defects.
One apprentice joiner worked on site and 80% local supply chain was used.
The team worked out of hours to ensure the scheme was completed on time and minimum disruption was maintained throughout.