Nadeem Chaudhry is the project manager for Heatherwood Hospital. This month, the site will be open to the public as part of Open Doors Week, an initiative that looks to showcase the fascinating work carried out within the built environment. Here, Nadeem explains how we are already building relations with the local community and aiming to leave a lasting legacy in Ascot.
“Anyone who lives in Ascot or the surrounding area will be familiar with Heatherwood Hospital. It was originally built to treat the children of First World War ex-servicemen and has serving local residents ever since.
Last year, we were appointed through the Department of Health and Social Care ProCure framework to help with the Hospital’s £98m transformation programme, which will provide first-class facilities, including diagnostic facilities for cardiology, radiology, lithotripsy, physiotherapy and orthodontic treatment spaces. It will have six operating theatres and 48 inpatient beds, plus 22 day case cubicles. It is set to boost the hospital’s offering and we are thrilled to play a part in its transformation.
Central to our work, has been the use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) on the 11,500 sq m site. During our regular meetings with our client, Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust, we have been showcasing our work with 3D models. Using BIM as a visual tool, makes it easy to discuss the project, problem solve and showcase exactly how it will look. As well as it being a helpful tool now, there is scope for the hospital to use it longer-term, providing long-term value for the ongoing maintenance of the building and clinical commissioning.
Longevity is pivotal for Heatherwood. Within ten years of its opening, the Trust hopes it will provide services for approximately 168,000 people each year, that’s double what the hospital currently offers.
Understandably, the local community has been very interested in the progress of this project and we have taken every opportunity to showcase our work. We have held regularly community engagement events, including two events at Royal Ascot Racecourse and three engagement sessions for residents in our Greenwood offices.
Committed to supporting the local supply chain, 50% of our labour is sourced labour and we have had two fantastic apprentices on site. We are passionate about supporting local communities in which we build, and the residents of Ascot have been very welcoming.
We have just topped out, which means we have now completed the highest point of the buildings structure. We are progressing well and on target for its opening at the end of 2021.
Come and see for yourself, Open Doors Week offers a unique opportunity to see ‘behind the scenes’, ask questions and meet the people behind this fantastic project. Book your space and you will discover first-hand how passionate I am about delivering this hospital for the local community”
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