Working In Wales: Spring Round Up

The Ian Williams team has been busy across Wales in recent months on a variety of contracts across the health and education sectors.

We’ve finished a 6-month project on behalf of Cardiff and Vale University Health Board (CVUHB) at the University Hospital of Wales. CVUHB is one of the largest NHS organisations in Wales providing health services to close on half a million people in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan. The University Hospital itself has a dual function. It’s both a 1,000 bed operational hospital and also the home of a teaching hospital for Cardiff University. Over 6-months we completed a number of internal and external decorations and associated repairs including painting the external canopy of the Dialysis unit, decoration to covered walkways linking the hospital buildings, painting of the plant room and creating line demarcations on roads under the hospital for safe staff pathways.

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Our teams work in many complex environments, but a recent project on behalf of Velindre NHS Trust in South East Wales rated as one of the most sensitive we’ve been involved in. Velindre Cancer Centre provides specialist cancer services to over 1.5million people, servicing 5,000 new referrals and 50,000 new outpatient appointments every year. To service this demand the centre must remain at the cutting edge of treatments and medicines it can offer. That’s why we were appointed to fit out a new room to house a Mediwell drug dispensing unit. Works involved a complete refurbishment and fit out including electrical and data works, full redecorations, legionella flushing and the installation of entry swipe system linked to the hospital’s fire alarm. Specialist hygienic work surfaces were required which we installed on sloping angles to prevent dust build up. The major challenge however was that we were working in a live ward with end of life patients in adjacent rooms. Particular care had to be paid to dust, noise and removal of waste material, and everything step of way, we worked closely and respectfully with the hospital estate.

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Meanwhile, our M+E and ground work teams went back to school for a contract to deliver electrical works, external building decorations and repairs and groundworks at the College of the Valleys (Coleg y Cymoedd) home to over 20,000 students and 800 members of staff.

We converted an old brickwork workshop into a new 3D modelling facility including power suppliers for laser cutting equipment, 3D printing, new flooring and walls, and a hi-tech suite for water jet cutting. We also installed a main gas supply for a forge and provided a ventilation system. Our M+E teams were also busy in other parts of the college, converting a section of the library into an IT suite for 50 desktops, refurbishing an avionics workshop with the installation of welding bays, changing rooms and a new power, lighting and water heating system. We got creative too building a new theatrical make up unit with mirrored lighting, perfect colour rendering for make-up application and specialist electrically operated chairs. A large area of the landing on the 2nd floor was also upgraded with a new suspended ceiling, LED lighting, power and water supplies for a hydro therapy (arjo) bathroom and electrically operated beds to support nursing and care courses.

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