If you’ve recently driven past the new Royal on West Derby Street or Low Hill, you will have seen significant work being undertaken around the outside of the building.
Scaffolding has gone up around parts of the building, with cranes and high access equipment being deployed as parts of the cladding and exterior have been removed. As we’ve highlighted in previous updates, this has been to allow access into the building to equipment and materials being used to fix the structural issues that have been identified.
Currently this work is mainly providing the 220 cubic metres of concrete reinforcements required to the structure. This concrete pouring started in August and is progressing well. Ensuring these reinforcements are as effective as possible involves a complex process of ‘grit blasting’ existing concrete beams to ensure the new concrete bonds with the existing structure and x-raying or ‘ferro-scanning’ the concrete structure to ensure it remains secure throughout construction. To help understand this complex process and reassure you that every measure is being taken to ensure the building is finished to the high standards required, we have created this short film for social media...
The other key element of the remedial works is installing 165 tonnes of new fabricated steelwork parts of which we we expect to be delivered before the end of the year. This will be a considerable undertaking, involving large cranes lifting steel girders into the building, through the access points currently being made in the exterior.
The final cost and timescale is being finalised and we expect this to be reviewed by the Trust Board in October, after which we will submit to the Department of Health and Social Care. This process will set out the final cost for completion and we intend to share details after they have been finalised.
In the meantime, a total of 45 contracts out of 140 have been approved and a number of the contractors have now started on site, including Heyrods, AG Fixings, Allied Scaffold, Astins, Western Thermal, FB Taylor and Wandsworth. In addition, we’ve further strengthened our team with the appointment of a “Clerk of Works” contract to provide independent expert assurance over the completion of the hospital.
This is all positive progress, the construction processes involved are complex and take time, but it is essential that we get this right so that we can deliver the world class hospital we’ve all been waiting for.