Royal National Ear Nose and Throat and Eastman Dental Hospitals
This £70 million project involved bringing the Royal National Throat Nose and Ear Hospital and the Eastman Dental Hospital together in a new state-of-the-art building, creating one of the largest specialist centres in the UK.
The building comprises three basement levels plus six floors above ground, including a striking brick façade and a roof garden, with the building footprint occupying the whole site.
A competitive procedure with negotiation procurement route and the NEC3 (Option A) contract were used to meet the trust’s objectives against the prevailing market conditions, balancing quality and value for money. The scheme was kept open to potential improvement in design development while still maintaining a competitive element to achieving the objectives.
Utilities diversions and demolition works were procured more economically as separate enabling works packages and enabled the overall programme to be maintained while the main works package was still being procured.
Collaborative risk management across both the client’s supervisory team and the contractor, including regular early warning meetings and notices, meant the project avoided or mitigated both significant delays to the programme and associated costs. This included the temporary re-routing of a district heating main over the roof of a neighbouring property to avoid a clash with the new structure.