Birmingham Women's NHS Foundation Trust

Birmingham Women's NHS Foundation Trust

Birmingham has had a Women's Hospital for over 125 years. It's sixth and current hospital site was opened in 1968 in Edgbaston sharing the Queen Elizabeth Hospital site. Unlike the Queen Elizabeth Hospital which has been totally rebuilt, the Women's Hospital is to remain an existing facility.

Having worked with the Estate's team for some time, we were instrumental in developing a forward investment strategy for the lifts, which include bed, staff and general passenger lifts. The features of the newly modernised lifts need to be; reliable, robust, energy efficient, have a non-clinical appearance but at the same time be designed to prevent spread of infection to maintain the hospital's record - no cases of MRSA or C Difficile over the past seven years. This is partly achieved by the use of new impregnated call buttons.

This lift modernisation project has to be delivered amidst the important task of maintaining deliveries of babies and so safety, cleanliness and meticulous planning have been essential.

SVM Associates have been commissioned to:

  • Provide quality audits and advice on maintenance provision
  • Carry out feasibility studies related to technical upgrades, energy efficiency and infection control
  • Develop an outline scheme for the Trust's business case
  • Design of lifts modernisation including specification
  • Tender procurement of the project including maintenance
  • Project manage the installation
  • Carry out duties of a Principal Designer 

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