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Middlemore Hospital Facilities Modernisation Project


Since 1995, Hawkins has been deeply involved with the redevelopment of the Middlemore Hospital complex. We have carried out a range of projects at the hospital, from pre-build to fit-out, working within the constraints of a fully functioning healthcare facility. The quality that Hawkins achieved on the projects is now being used as a benchmark for other Middlemore projects. Hawkins signed a partnering charter that became the basis for all subsequent projects for the hospital.

Following on from Hawkins’ involvement on Stage 1 of Middlemore Hospital's facilities modernisation project" (FMP), FMP Stage 2 works included a variety of projects.

The extension of the Adult Medical Centre (originally constructed by Hawkins) saw the existing top floor being fitted out above the operational wards below, and two additional floors (levels 4 and 5) and a plant room constructed above the existing top floor. A new catheterisation laboratory was also developed. This involved the removal of the existing roof from the whole building and temporarily waterproofing the exposed slab to protect the wards below. The construction of the new structure consisted of in situ columns, precast beams, ribs and infills, structural steel columns and beams together with steel roof purlins on the top floor.

Other facilities incorporated into FMP Stage 2 works included the fit-out of a new neo-natal intensive care unit, the creation of a National Burns Centre and extensive work in the diversion of main services infrastructure within the existing tunnels to allow corridors and associated access areas systems to be reconfigured.

Regular construction impact meetings were held to ensure excellent communication about planned construction activities and to minimise the impact of the works on the hospital's operational requirements. Key contact points for hospital and Hawkins staff were established so that sensitive times in hospital activities could be considered, particularly when construction generates noise. All construction was completely separated from the working hospital areas, with solid hoardings to reduce noise, and aid infection control.