Caunton Engineering supplied Alfred McAlpine Capital Projects with steelwork to extend the facilities of the world famous hospital, the Stoke Mandeville Hospital, near Aylesbury. Working within an operational hospital environment is difficult enough, but the extensions in places overhang the existing building. The attention to safety for all, and the attendant erection expertise required, must therefore be of the highest order in such circumstances.
The photograph shows erection underway of the steelwork for some of the main wards, which overall will include requirements for medical, surgical assessment and paediatric services as well as a major day unit and operating theatres. The interesting architectural design is by HLM Design International of Guildford with engineering by White Young Green Partnership. It features a range of courtyards and in this particular instance Caunton's crane and mobile elevated working platform (known as a cherry picker in the trade) have been able to work conveniently and efficiently from within one of these areas.
Caunton's contract includes for the supply of over 800te of structural steelwork, mainly beam-and-column braced frames up to three storeys in height, plus the metal decking and through deck stud welding and metal staircases, all providing early access for following trades when required.
The hospital extension itself will provide beds for a further 220 patients and an additional 16,000m2 of new hospital accommodation. An excellent example of how steelwork speeds the construction of new much needed national healthcare resources.