The Mater Hospital Pathology Department Refurbishment

This project comprised of the refurbishment and extension to the existing facility currently in operation within the existing hospital site. Works included a new building located within a fully operational carpark, plus refurbishment of the existing laboratories of the Adult Hospital. The project was highly complex due to the operational nature of the hospital, with operating theatres directly below, and coronary care and intensive care units directly above. Therefore, careful planning and coordination of all activities was critical to the successful completion of not only the project, but also the core operational activities of the hospital. This, coupled with the only access point being via only a dual occupancy service lift, shared use of the building busy loading bay and constant interface with the public resulted in a challenging project. Additional difficulties faced by the team included the safe removal of asbestos and contaminated waste from with the building. Considerable time was spent on identifying the day to day running of hospital operations, so that construction works were able to continue in the most productive manner. Careful consideration was also placed on the style of hoardings and pressure control to reduce any nuisance caused by dust and odour.