Over the past three months, Clancy has been working with members of the Horizon team to rapidly deliver two major hospital projects in County Limerick in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Within the grounds of University Hospital Limerick, one permanent new block is close to handover consisting of 24 single bedroom isolation units with en-suite bathrooms.
Both projects involve the Horizon offsite structural rapid build steel frame system, which facilitated an earlier start to construction work, a more streamlined process than possible with traditional builds and a considerable reduction in programme time. Given that the hospital remained fully operational throughout the build process, it was necessary to incorporate logistical solutions into the design in order to minimise truck movements and other disruptions to the hospital staff and patients. Foundation line, point loadings and the structural design of the light steel frame Horizon system commenced on 25 March this year with practical completion on 03 July 2020 .Offsite construction technology experts, Evolusion Innovation were a key driving force in the design process of the light gauge steel frame superstructure and also contributed to Part L compliance.
Early collaboration between all disciplines was critical to the successful delivery of this project. The offsite design approach resulted in an enhanced solution and facilitated the manufacturer of a fast-track steel framing solution. All parties involved worked seven days a week around the clock to ensure the delivery of this key element of infrastructure was completed rapidly in a time of need.
Construction delivery partners on both of these vital healthcare facility projects included:
Clancy Construction, Evolusion Innovation, Reddy Architecture and O’Dwyer Steel.