The construction company refurbished a 480-bed tower block and built a new main entrance for the Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. It is only the first phase of a larger £22.5m scheme.
Bam replaced windows and cladding, added solar reflection, brought in natural ventilation and improved insulation at the hospital as part of this first phase. When the entire project is complete, the hospital’s tower block will be completely refurbished and the emergency department improved.
“The renovation works will make patients more comfortable, while also protecting the building from the weather,” said Paul Fitzpatrick, director of estates and facilities for the trust. “Patients and staff will really notice the benefits – cold winters will feel warmer, while hot summers will feel cooler.”
The tower block celebrated its 50th anniversary this year and stands at 125 feet tall. The 177,600 sq ft tower block has the hospital’s dialysis unit, discharge lounge and offices.
The work on the tower block will extend its life by up to 30 years, according to Steve Warburton, the chief executive of Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Aintree University Hospital.
“The Tower Block development is great news for our patients and staff,” Warburton said. “It is also a vote of confidence in the hospital and the vital role it plays for the city region’s NHS services.”
Bam has been working with the Aintree University Hospital for ten years, starting with building its £35m urgent care and trauma centre.
Rob Bailey, Bam’s Construction Director, said that collaboration was the key to the group’s successful relationship with the NHS.
“Our experience in healthcare schemes across the UK is exceptional, and the way we work means that the hospital’s patients and staff will feel involved and informed about what is happening around them,” Bailey said. “By doing this we help the client manage their own relationships and communicate better about what can be sensitive matters.”