- Octagon Healthcare
We were appointed in Spring 2010 to provide civil and structural engineering consultancy services on the new two storey steel-framed radiology extension to house a 3T MRI unit and CT scanner, with associated research facilities. The project represents the first major new build extension at the site.
Careful co-ordination with existing buried services was required to minimise diverting these services and minimising disruption to the hospital. This was achieved by us arranging a ground radar survey and engineering the foundations to avoid the shallow services. The choice of structural materials aimed to minimise the construction programme and disturbance to the hospital occupants during construction by specifying pre-fabricated components where possible. The project required detailed coordination of the structural, architectural and building services designs to ensure compliance with the detailed specifications set-out by the MRI and CT unit suppliers.
Knock-out panels were designed into the building fabric to allow future maintenance and de-commissioning of the large and heavy scanning equipment, making the building more sustainable. The framed design with non-structural partitions offers the client maximum flexibility in terms of future re-modelling of the floor spaces. Short design and construction programmes meant our designs had to be completed extremely efficiently in order to meet strict delivery deadlines.