Novus bridges the gap for Stoke hospital

Revamp sees bridge upgraded

The bridge has now been restored

Novus Property Solutions has helped to reconnect two parts of the site at Royal Stoke University Hospital with an extensive elevated walkway repair project.

Situated over a busy site road, the bridge provides a vital connection between the Clinical Education Centre (CEC) and Lyme Building at the University Hospitals of North Midlands Hospital, but it was rusting and in a state of disrepair.

Novus operatives started repair works to the bridge in October 2016. Its location required implementation of a fully-encapsulated scaffold to provide both a safe place for workers and to protect the general public throughout the project.

In addition, the team also factored in a comprehensive road and traffic plan, as well as a pedestrian diversion for the project’s duration.

The three-month works began with the removal of the existing lighting from the bridge, which was sent away to be refurbished and fitted with new LED lighting.

Though not designed to be painted, the level of rust to the bridge meant it was breaking down. Therefore, in order to protect it and prevent further decay, Novus operatives repainted the structure after repair works were completed.

The operatives applied a high-performance anti-corrosion paint in blue satin finish from RUST-OLEUM, which is designed to offer long-lasting protection against corrosion class C4.

Also in need of repair was the walkway surface, which was blasted before being treated with a highly-durable anti-slip finish.

Works to the bridge mean that staff and visitors to Royal Stoke University Hospital will be able to safely pass between CEC and the Lyme Lower Building for years to come.

Adam Beech, estates officer at Royal Stoke University Hospital, said “Novus carried out works to a superb standard on what was a very challenging project given the bridge’s location over a busy road.”

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