Dereham Hospital new water main installation and refurbishment project successfully handed over on time

Dereham Hospital new water main installation and refurbishment project successfully handed over on time
Nofolk community
The Challenge

At Dereham Hospital, Norfolk, routine water sampling and testing identified a number of areas on site experiencing contamination. Measures were immediately put in place which included the flushing of, as well as the chlorination of specific areas but the contamination remained. Investigation identified a combination of factors that may have led to this contamination, the results being evaluated by a team which comprised both Serco and the Trust’s Infection Control Officers and Microbiologists. Serco worked closely at all times with its own specialist water hygiene advisors.

The Solution          

  • To replace the entire mains water distribution system to the site including the installation of a centralised Chlorine Dioxide dosing plant.
  • To vacate the ward accommodation on site in order to allow for the replacement of internal distribution pipework.

The Trust also decided to undertake considerable internal refurbishment works to the ward accommodation whilst the building was unoccupied in order to enhance the patient environment as well as ensuring compliance with the latest standards on completion.

The remainder of the site was to remain fully operational throughout the project.
Timescale – All works to be completed and handed over for reoccupation within 12 weeks of the agreement to proceed.
Estimated Value – £600,000

Delivering the Project
All works were specified and project managed by Serco.

Two contractors were commissioned to work on site in parallel –
Contract One – Internal refurbishment of ward.
Contract Two – Site infra-structure works including:

  • Civil engineering
  • Water main installation and connection to all buildings
  • Supply and commissioning of Chlorine Dioxide dosing plant.
  • The Hyper Chlorination of entire site on completion.

Programme – 12 weeks including commissioning and period for receipt of satisfactory test results. Seven day working was adopted where required.

Team approach adopted with Serco and both contractors working closely on site to manage out delays.
Weekly meetings of the project team including contractors and local clinical staff held on site.

The results

Project successfully handed over on time in December 2012 as a result of:

  • Close working with client
  • Adoption of a team working approach once on site
  • Experience and knowledge provided by the Serco team.

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