Capita Symonds wins £35m hospital revamp contract

Company to provide civil, structural and mechanical and electrical engineering services

Capita Symonds has been appointed by Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust to provide civil, structural and mechanical and electrical engineering services on a £35m new-build and refurbishment project at the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford and the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.

The scheme includes a new women’s unit at the Telford site covering approximately 70,000sq ft over two floors. The proposed structural solution is a steel frame with composite metal deck and concrete slabs, with the key challenge being dealing with the requirements for very rigid and inflexible floorplates in sensitive areas such as the operating theatres.

The engineering aspects of the refurbishment works at both hospitals range from ‘light touch’ cosmetic changes to significant refurbishment entailing the removal or alteration of existing services and primary load-bearing elements.

The contractor for the project is Balfour Beatty Construction, with Aedas providing architecture services.

Work is expected to start on site in August, with completion planned for early 2014.

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