The South Coast is experiencing a ‘baby boom’ as local Hospitals are giving their maternity units a new lease of life with the help of a leading engineering consultancy.
Henderson Green has been brought on board by Royal Hampshire County Hospital (RHCH) in Winchester, St Mary’s Maternity Hospital in Poole and Princess Anne Hospital in Southampton to assist with new build and refurbishment projects.
At RHCH, Henderson Green’s engineers worked on a two-phase project which created new birthing pool rooms with en-suite facilities and new Gynaecology theatres – all now handed over and compliant with Health Technical Memorandum.
The refurbished birthing pool rooms required the reconfiguration of the department layout and new services were provided to the pools to ensure they are more efficient in use and now have a 10 minute fill time.
Extensive electrical services were designed for the new Gynaecology Theatres at RHCH, which are now 50% bigger than the former theatres and feature new theatre ventilation plant and equipment, and a new building management system. New IPS and UPS ‘clean power’ electrical systems were also installed to ensure complete compliance.
A new 250kW chiller, which serves the whole maternity unit including the labour ward, SCBU, day theatres and the gynaecology theatre, has also been installed. Both schemes at RHCH required substantial work on the medical gas distribution to ensure correct capacity and service provision.
Russ Pitman, Henderson Green’s Managing Director said, “We are delighted to be working on these three highly technical maternity projects and to have successfully completed the RHCH project in Winchester.
“All of the projects presented their own challenges, however it’s extremely rewarding to be designing state-of-the-art mechanical and electrical systems for these important and much-needed maternity units,” added Russ.
Henderson Green is also working on a two-phase scheme at St Mary’s Maternity Hospital in Poole. The first phase creates a one-wing specialist care birthing area which includes five birthing rooms, three of which provide birthing pool facilities. The second phase, comprises the refurbishment of the NICU and SCBU departments and will provide 20 cots in total and four isolation rooms.
Closer to home in Southampton, the Consultancy is working at the Princess Anne Hospital on the refurbishment of the Delivery Suite and in addition, M&E designs have been completed for the creation of an Early Pregnancy Unit, which is due to start on site in the new year. The unit will provide an upgrade to the existing birthing suite and will feature a new suite of rooms for treatment and assistance at an early stage of pregnancy.
Henderson Green is a Southampton and Channel Island based practice which works for an array of clients in the healthcare, education and commercial sectors including University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, Universities of Southampton, Portsmouth and Winchester, Southampton Solent University, States of Jersey Health & Social Services, EDF Energy and ABP Associated British Ports.