The works comprised of the refurbishment and expansion of the existing accident and emergency department of the Mater University Hospital. The project involved the complete strip out of existing services and demolition of internal walls and partitions and the new construction and fit-out of the new department on a phase by phase basis. The project also included the complete replacement of all the existing old damaged under floor drainage with a full new drainage system running through the department, while at all times keeping the existing system live until the replacement system was commissioned. The existing services including Electrical, Mechanical and Medical gases which traversed our site areas to neighbouring departments needed to be kept live at all times until replacement newly installed and commissioned replacement services were in place. The maintenance of these services was a critical aspect of the project with life protection equipment depending on uninterrupted supplies. All works were undertaken in the existing building while the existing Accident and Emergency department was kept fully functional at all times for the entire duration of the works.The works were carried out in five phases and each phase completed from demolitions to fully complete and functioning department prior to handover and each phase being separated by temporary hoardings, sound proof barriers and dust screens as the works progressed. The works were carried out to detailed programmes which were pre-planned and agreed with Mater Hospital Management, Medical Staff, Health & Safety Officers and Members of the Project Design team in advance. The works involved long periods of out of hour’s works and shift works to achieve the requirements of programmes and enable the continuous operation of the existing 24 hour Accident and Emergency Department without any disruption to this life saving service along with all other surrounding departments which also remained fully functional for the duration of the works.All access and Emergency routes were maintained throughout the project including the provision of a temporary tunnel to the Main Hospital Entrance Corridor from the North Circular Road while all works proceeded on each side and above this area. Temporary ambulance bays and ramps were provided where necessary to maintain uninterrupted access at all times. All works were planned in advance with the Mater Hospital Health & Safety Officer and M&P Constructions Safety Officer with particular regard to the “National Guidelines for the Prevention of Nosocomial Invasive Aspergillosis during Construction/Renovation Activities”.
This successful project was carried out without any accidents or incidents to Construction Staff, Hospital staff or any members of the public. It was completed within budget and within programme.