Questions and Answers
What is the proposed construction timeline for The Chesterfield Hospital?
The Chesterfield Hospital development timeline:
What will the proposed Chesterfield Hospital look like?
Here are some illustrations, to give you an idea:
Proposed site plan of The Chesterfield redevelopment:
What are the hours of operation during the redevelopment?
Monday to Friday: 8am - 6pm
Saturday: 8am - 1pm
Sunday or Bank Holidays: Closed
- All construction operatives will have a site induction before they start work
- No smoking will be allowed outside site boundary – only in designated area
- No parking will be allowed within 200m of the site (tool drop off only)
- Construction operatives will be expected to display common courtesy and acceptable behaviour
- No loud music or mobile phones will be allowed
- Tree protection zones and protection of ecology will be instituted
- Deliveries will be booked in advance and access routes to the site agreed
- Only designated site entrances will be used
How will the old Hospital building be demolished?
- The building will be demolished members will be lowered to the ground in a controlled manner
- The old building will be demolished inwards
- Dust will be monitored by supervision
- Water will be sprayed over demolition site to prevent dust at source. This is the best way of dealing with dust effectively
- Hand sprayers will be used where possible and ground level hose damping down of materials will be undertaken
- Records of dust measurement will be kept
- Crushed materials will be re-used on site
- A full asbestos report will be made available
Will there be any danger of subsidence during the construction phase?
VINCI Construction UK and Nuffield Health are confident that we have taken every action and sought the best advice to ensure that there is no risk of subsidence to neighbouring properties through the excavation work.
The system being used by Foundation Piling Ltd (King posts) will mean that excavation will take less time and require significantly less piles or vibration than other methods. Foundation Piling Ltd has recently completed a similar project in Bristol, St Catherine’s House, on similar soil strata, with no resulting subsidence.
If at any time you believe that subsidence has occurred in your property, please contact us immediately in order for us to investigate. In the unlikely event that subsidence occurs, you should also contact your insurer.
Excavation and Piling
- The geological succession at this site consists of carboniferous deposits namely the Upper Cromhall Sandstone overlying softer Mudstone and strong Quartzitic Sandstone deposits at depth
- Soil and rock will be removed with standard excavation equipment, with no need for blasting
- The rock at this site is competent but workable and is identical to St Catherine’s House, Clifton, where VINCI Construction UK piling contractor Foundation Piling Ltd has been employed
- King Post system to be used
- Augured (ground) not driven piles
- Fewer piles than conventional piled walls - less vibration, shorter piling programme
- Pre-cast planks lowered into position as excavation proceeds
- Ground fully supported with temporary props
This system will result in less noise and disruption than other methods.
Please note that wheel washing of lorries will take place prior to them leaving site.
What material will the new Chesterfield Hospital be built from?
- Concrete frame
- Plasterboard internal walls
- Blockwork and cladding systems
The building exterior finishes will be agreed with the Bristol City Council Conservation Team.
How confident is VINCI Construction UK for an August 2013 opening? What percentage of your complex projects have actually been completed on time?
VINCI Construction UK is confident of completing this project on time. VINCI Construction UK’s recent experience in completing complicated hospitals and health care facilities within the Procure 21 and 21+ frameworks is 100%. This success can be attributed to a positive collaborative working approach from the whole team including the Client and all other stakeholders.
What other projects have VINCI Construction UK undertaken in Bristol? Please describe other builds completed which combine a grade II* listed villa, a ring fence of residential properties and the space/traffic/parking constraints particular to the Chesterfield site? What experience do the VINCI Construction UK site managers have in dealing with such a complex site?
VINCI Construction UK site managers have extensive experience on working on complex projects that include working in live hospitals, tight city centre locations, live university campuses and MOD facilities. Collectively, VINCI Construction UK and its supply chain have experience of undertaking work to a range of differing projects including listed buildings. Our experience nationwide includes the refurbishment of prestigious buildings such as the Royal Albert Hall and National Portrait Gallery. VINCI Construction UK understands that the preservation of valued historic buildings demands a special understanding of construction methods.
Within the past few years we have completed and are currently carrying out numerous projects within the Bristol Region. A summary of those projects relevant to Chesterfield Hospital in terms of type, grade II listed and constrained sites are listed below:
- TEDWORTH HOUSE, HELP FOR HEROES. February 2011 to August 2012. New Build and Refurbishment of Grade II listed building into a Personal Recovery and Assessment Centre for the care and rehabilitation of wounded army personnel
- CIRCLE READING HOSPITAL. January 2011 to May 2012. New private 30-bed hospital facility
- BATH ROYAL UNITED HOSPITAL, NICU. May 2010 to November 2011
- LANGFORD VETERINARY SURGERY. September 2010 to October 2011. New veterinary surgery and imaging facility in a restricted site, surrounded by existing buildings including listed structures
- BRISTOL UNIVERSITY – THE ACCIS (QUEENS) BUILDING. April 2009 – April 2010, Extension of existing building within busy university environment to provide new laboratories and office accommodation
- CIRCLE BATH HOSPITAL. August 2007 – October 2009. New private hospital facility, Considerate Contractor Gold Award Winner 2010
- MULLER HOUSE, ASHLEY DOWN, BRISTOL. December 2007 - October 2008. Refurbishment of Grade II listed building into luxury apartments
How will VINCI Construction UK find out who is vulnerable to airborne dust pollution in the vicinity of the build (as per the condition of the CEMP)?
Throughout the consultation process, any person with a particular susceptibility is invited to contact the project team to ensure any potential issue can be avoided. Any issues will be dealt with on a one-to-one basis.
Can VINCI Construction UK guarantee that the excavation of a 20’ basement will not cause subsidence in adjacent properties? If not, then what will VINCI Construction UK and Nuffield Health do to guarantee compensation?
VINCI Construction UK have employed highly competent and experienced design consultants and contractors with local knowledge of ground conditions. The designs, by the contractor, will be checked by our own structural engineer and further checked by Nuffield Health’s structural engineer. VINCI Construction UK believe that we have taken every possible action to ensure a robust design. On-site surveying and control of the works will be carried out by competent personnel from VINCI Construction UK, the subcontractors and structural designers during the critical stages confirming the installation is in accordance with design. All designers carry PI insurance and our Contractors All Risk insurance policy will cover compensation in the extremely unlikely event that this occurs.