The Coombe

Project name and location

Emergency Theatre Project at The Coombe Women & Infants University Hospital


Project details

The project involved the construction and fit out of a new four storey extension within a very confined infill site. It consisted of an emergency operating theatre with all associated accommodation and link structures as well as an associated plant room and related service tie-ins. It also included the complete refurbishment of two existing adjacent labour wards in a phased approach. The work had to be completed within a live hospital environment in which existing operations of the hospital were maintained and protected during the works.


The challenge

The biggest challenge was constructing the building within an internal courtyard at the rear of the hospital. The tolerance between the new building and existing one was 25mm – a test of our construction and engineering capabilities.


How we overcame the challenge

Due to site constraints a tower or self-erector crane could not be used. The project was installed using a mobile 70 ton crane which had its own challenges. The building was designed and fabricated in sections as the crane could only access certain areas. The building was constructed from the back to the front to ensure the crane did not get blocked in or impeded. Once the sequence was established the steel and RC slab were installed in 2 weeks from start to finish.



This project was delivered on time and within budget.