18 Dec 2014
On Monday 8 December Broadmoor Hospital received the first of almost 4500 pre-cast concrete panels which will make up the walls, floors and ceilings of the new buildings when complete in 2017.
The blocks are being produced off-site, resulting in the most efficient and cost-effective way to provide the necessary upgraded accommodation for West London Mental Health Trust’s severely ill patients. Concrete is also one of the most common materials in modern day construction, making up the majority of the new buildings.
A small group of both trust and Kier staff gathered to commemorate the event. David Phillips, redevelopment programme manager, said: “This is very impressive, and seeing the machinery lowering the concrete panels into place gives you a sense of the robustness of the materials being used for this project”.
“This marks another milestone for the redevelopment, and with most of the foundations already in progress, we’ll start seeing the buildings go up very quickly bringing us closer to delivering mental health care in a modern, 21st century setting.”
Along with the eco-friendly energy centre completed in April 2013, the new buildings will similarly be energy efficient achieving a BREEAM excellent rating of environmental sustainability when the hospital opens in 2017.
The trust is also beginning phase two of the new energy centre next Spring by installing equipment that uses renewable elements to power up the hospital. On top of this, redevelopment and clinical staff are working closely to find other initiatives and practices to incorporate bringing Broadmoor Hospital further in line with government standards of energy efficiency.
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Notes to editors:
- The new hospital will provide accommodation for 210 patients and 24 flexible beds which will be used as necessary when the building comes into use in 2017.
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