Musgrove Park Hospital
Currie & Brown is currently working on the new surgical centre, sterile services department, acute assessment hub and therapies building development, procured under the P22 framework and with a total construction value of £70 million.
The surgical centre is a 9,855m² new-build facility comprising a critical care unit with 22 critical care beds, a theatres suite and an endoscopy unit. The sterile services department building is a new 2,400m² extension over three floors. The acute assessment hub works include refurbishment and a courtyard extension, and the therapies project is a new 475m² three-storey extension.
Works also include significant external services, infrastructure alterations and phased decant works to free space up for the new development.
This scheme has been challenging in ensuring the operation of the hospital was not compromised through the development process, with the added complication of having to vacate buildings to allow the new surgical centre to be built. Carefully considered phasing of the works ensures disruption to the hospital is minimised. This has resulted in several phasing and decanting strategies being considered, with Currie & Brown assisting Somerset NHS Foundation Trust in establishing the best value option for time and cost and an extended construction programme of three and a half years.
Currie & Brown negotiated a GMP that transferred the risk of inflation over this period to the principal supply chain partner while maintaining best value for the trust. To minimise the effect of inflation we assisted the trust in establishing a funding profile that allowed the Stage 4 works to commence before final sign-off of the full business case. This enabled the project to commence three months earlier and saved the cost of inflation over that period of circa £100,000.