Sector – Healthcare
Kings College Hospital is one of London’s largest and busiest teaching hospitals, with a strong profile of local services primarily serving the boroughs of Lambeth, Southwark, Lewisham and Bromley. Specialist services are available to patients across a wide catchment area, providing nationally and internationally recognised work in liver disease and transplantation, neurosciences, foetal medicine and hematology-oncology. The new Venetian building is located within the King’s College Hospital site, a short walk from the Golden Jubilee Wing, on the corner of Caldecot Road and Venetian Road, which is opposite the Day Surgery building.
Provide modular steel platforms, ramps and steps to access the two main entrances and two fire exits of the new building.
Projected time on site to complete the installation
Three days on site for a team of four installers. Two installers fitting all modular ramp equipment and two installers fitting the fire exit platforms and steps. Heavy coated mesh was also installed to prevent debris collecting underneath the installations.
Challenged identified at site survey
a) Access and parking in and around the site was very restricted, with only one vehicle per subcontractor permitted.
b) Working space on site was very limited especially around the fi re door exits for the platforms and steps.
c) High levels of security had to be navigated and adhered to as instructed by the client.
d) Speed of installation was critical, to allow for other contractor works and opening of the facility.
Identified solutions at survey
The solution was to provide more of a protected walkway, rather than a typical ramp installation, with two short 3 metre ramp sections installed at a gradient of 1:14. Bollards installed by Vinci Construction would provide additional protection from the adjacent road. This walkway was in addition to the required platform and step units for the two fire exits.
Another successful installation carried out for Vinci Construction. This installation went very well from start to finish and was a collaboration of effort among all other site contractors. The site was extremely busy within a busy part of London, however, the project was completed on time and to the satisfaction of everyone involved.