As part of 2019’s Open Doors Week, Kier is opening the doors to its Royal Hallamshire Hospital Positron Emission Tomography (PET) MRI unit. Here, senior site manager Stuart Clayburn, discusses the project and the benefits it will bring to the community.

“We were appointed through the YorBuild2 construction framework by the University of Sheffield to deliver this project. It is the second we’ve been awarded at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital after recently completing Q Floor to deliver four new operating theatres, a recovery ward and staff & administration rooms.

The University of Sheffield raised £2 million to establish a ground-breaking MRI-PET facility. MRI-PET scanners deliver the most advanced imaging technology to date and will transform our understanding of serious diseases and the way they’re treated.

The new facility is a vital health investment for people in the region to have access to and is an expansion of the current MRI facilities to increase scanning and research facilities at the hospital. 

Working on this project has been interesting for a number of reasons. Firstly, this is a complex site due to it being a live hospital environment. This means we have to consider the patients, staff and visitors in everything we do and the hours we work, we have added sound blankets to our works, reducing noise to the nearby wards and we have weekly meetings with the adjacent wards to keep them updated with our works. We have also put vibration monitoring in place, allowing us to monitor any impact on adjacent MRI units.

We understand that construction work can cause disruption for the people living close to it. This is why in the environments we work in we always try to engage with the local community to make them aware of the work we are doing to develop vital facilities for people living nearby. It is also important for us to give back to the community whilst we’re working on projects.  

Throughout the construction of the MRI-PET scanner we have been committed to engaging with the community and so far we have created three job positions and had work experience opportunities for local people. We have also delivered seven schools engagement activities as part of our Shaping Your World™ initiative to engage with and inspire 11-15 year-olds to consider the built environment as a career path.

We have also engaged with a local charity that supports homeless people, the Cathedral Archer Project. The charity supports homeless people to develop their independence, improve their ability to tackle setbacks and to identify & change negative behaviour and also to improve their wellbeing. To support the charity, we have raised over £2,500 by doing fundraising events including a sleepout.

It is great engaging with the local community and making them aware of the work we are doing to develop this vital facility for the hospital.

Open Doors Week presents a great opportunity for the local community to engage further with the project and come and see the progress for themselves. It is something I would highly recommend to anybody wanting to learn more about the built environment.”

To find out more about Open Doors Week, or to book a site visit, go to: https://opendoors.construction/