RELOCATION OF CORONARY CARE UNIT, JAMES PAGET UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL
Project: Relocation of Coronary Care Unit
Client: James Paget University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Services provided: Quantity Surveying
Contract value: £370k
The project covered the division of an existing working ward to form a Coronary Care Unit comprising one four bed ward, one five bed step down ward, a dedicated room for emergency treatment and procedures, clinical preparation area, nurse base, WC’s, ensuites and ancillary areas. The area of work was above and adjacent to working clinical areas.
The project was procured on a negotiated basis as part of an informal partnering arrangement using a JCT Minor Works Building Contract.
Key to the client’s requirements was the rapid completion of the scheme to meet their clinical requirements: relocating the CCU to improve the flow of patients and providing additional life saving equipment.
Our fast response and diligent approach enabled us to agree a contract sum within the hospital’s budget, just five weeks after our appointment, Work started on site two weeks later and project completion was achieved within 19 weeks meeting the client’s required timescales.
Due to the short timescale, the design had not been completed before work started on site, introducing an element of cost risk. DCP responded quickly, liaising with the design team and using their comprehensive knowledge to produce a bill of approximate quantities, and subsequent cost plan based on negotiated rates, so that a realistic contract sum existed when the order was placed. The cost plan was shown to be robust, realistic and commercial to ensure that the project could be delivered. Post contract and final account negotiations needed to be strong but a fair result was achieved for all. The final account was agreed at just under £10k below the budget figure.