Client: South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust
This project involved demolishing the former nurse’s home and training development unit at South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust, District Hospital.
The purpose of the demolition was to create a space to construct a new integrated diagnostic centre, for the patients in the area who would otherwise have to travel to Newcastle or Middlesbrough for diagnostic tests.
A&N was employed to carry out Principal Designer duties for the purposed demolition of an old nursing accommodation.
A site inspection was carried out by A&N and they reviewed all preconstruction information including Asbestos surveys to develop the CDM Hazard and Risk Register. Following this a prestart design meeting was held to discuss the health and safety risks involved in the project and to develop strategies to close these out.
A&N closely worked with the project team to ensure that all the safety risks or hazards mentioned during the early stages were closed out. Frequent site visits were carried, and regular communication was maintained with the design team to ensure any issues were resolved quickly.
Challenges & Risk Management
The site was an active and fully working hospital therefore, the demolition areas were kept segregated from the staff and visiting patients using secured fencing. Security arrangements were reviewed by A&N as part of the Construction Phase Plan Review.
The existing building contained a significant amount of Asbestos Materials. A competent Asbestos Removal Consultant was appointed, all risk assessments and safe systems of work were reviewed by A&N before work commenced.
There was a risk of unintended collapse of the building. Therefore, the demolition process was phased to minimise the risk of this.
Dust generated from the demolition work can be hazardous to construction workers and members of the public. Effective methods were used to control the amount of dust and protect the patients, staff and environment at the site.
Whilst discharging the Principal Designer role, A&N’s experience as Safety Consultants also provided significant input into the design review.
Once the project was completed, A&N carried out the final site visit and issued the Health and Safety File for the future users of the site.
This newly constructed diagnostic centre is believed to become operational and open to the public this year (2022). Hence, patients living near South Tyneside, Sunderland and Gateshead would be able to access advanced diagnostic facilities close to their home and have various choices over where they have their treatment.