Altnagelvin Area Hospital is an acute hospital which offers a range of services, including a 24-hour Accident and Emergency Department and is one of Northern Ireland’s five designated cancer units. It has 472 inpatient beds and 36 day case beds.
A significant increase in patients as a result of Covid-19 created an urgent need to provide additional medical wards. A fast and efficient design and build project was the top priority to create a building that would enhance the offering of the hospital, enabling it to meet demand.
Thanks to our outstanding track record and reputation, Collins Rolston was appointed to design the new ward building.
Accelerated planning permission and quick thinking were critical to meeting this massive challenge.
Offsite modular was identified as the best means of achieving fast track delivery without sacrificing quality.
A key feature was the creation of a bespoke solution to ensure the prefabricated units were truly fit for purpose and capable of delivering strong sound and fire insulation standards that exceeded Building Regulations.
There were many challenges within this project the greatest by far was to deliver the project within an extremely tight deadline. Collins Rolston secured planning permission within just 10 weeks and the project was handed over within 12 weeks (at the height of the Covid 19 pandemic).
“Collins Rolston demonstrated initiative, ingenuity and delivered exactly in line within our needs within a most demanding timeline and in the midst of a range of pressures brought about as a result of COVID. Their choice of offsite manufacturing was inspired, and they neutralised any concerns we may have had by creating their own sound and fire insulation solutions and ensuring the buildings exceeded all relevant building regulations.”
Jonathan Collins, Western Trust