Deanestor completes £1.3m fit out of specialist critical care centre


Furniture supplier provides furniture and fittings for new Grange University Hospital in Wales

Deanestor has completed a £1.3m contract for Laing O’Rourke for the manufacture, supply. and installation of furniture and fittings for the new £350m Grange University Hospital in South East Wales.

Designed by BDP, the project for the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board is believed to be Wales’s biggest-ever health infrastructure project and is Deanestor’s 17th contract for the contractor.

Completion of the new hospital was accelerated in the Coronavirus pandemic to make 350 new patient beds available early.

This allowed the health board to take possession of 50% of the hospital just four weeks later.

To help achieve this, Deanestor installed over 1,000 soap and towel dispensers and 263 PPE centres, and manufactured and fitted 48 HTM71 pharmaceutical storage solutions, all in less than three weeks.

The company also manufactured around 3,000 items of furniture for the 55,000sq m hospital, including laboratory furniture, shelving, and base and wall cabinets.

Overall, the team procured and fitted more than 22,000 products for around 1,450 rooms – from mirrors and medi rails to drug cabinets and specialist catheter storage units.

Commenting on the project, Darren Cann, works and estates manager at The Grange University Hospital, said: “This was a large-scale and complex hospital fit-out project.

“We had stringent requirements for robust, long-lasting furniture and fittings which would be easy to clean and maintain to meet the highest standards of infection control.

“Deanestor was able to accommodate our specific requirements, such as sloping worktops to facilitate cleaning, and to help us meet all relevant HTMs and HBNs.”

The new hospital provides critical care services for a community of over 600,000 people.

Half of the new hospital buildings were delivered early to enable the health board to cope with the added strain brought about by the Coronavirus pandemic

Half of the new hospital buildings were delivered early to enable the health board to cope with the added strain brought about by the Coronavirus pandemic

Services include a 24-hour assessment unit to deal with all major emergencies, a dedicated paediatric assessment unit, a neonatal intensive care, and support services including pathology, pharmacy and radiology.

The facility will act as the centrepiece of a new model of care to separate emergency and specialist care from more-routine hospital treatments.

It has been designed to be flexible, adaptable and expandable and to create a seamless pathway for emergency patients through diagnostics and surgery.

There are around 560 beds, including trolleys and cots and the design of the single-bed wards accommodates intensive nursing for acute care while giving patients privacy, dignity, rest, recovery and infection control.

Deanestor’s contract included the manufacture of white base units with light-grey laminate worktops for all the patient bedrooms, staff beverage bays and kitchenettes, and cantilever peninsular benching, worktops and adjustable shelving for around 26 pathology laboratories.

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