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Patients occupy upgraded facilities at Addenbrooke's Hospital

A landmark project to double the size of intensive care and high-dependency wards at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge has been completed.

Morgan Sindall has delivered the £6.8 million project to transform the hospital’s intensive care and high-dependency units, which were occupied by patients for the first time this summer.

Morgan Sindall adopted an innovative method to complete the complex four-storey extension without causing any disruption to patients and hospital staff.

The construction team needed to work from the inside out, within a land-locked courtyard, off Robinson Way in Cambridge. The only access to the site was through a covered passageway as wide as two office desks.

The team used two small cranes to complete the steel frame of the building. They were delivered through the tunnel before one machine was carefully lifted on top of the other to enable the first floor works to be carried out.

“We are thrilled to see patients are already benefitting from the new facilities we’ve created at Addenbrooke’s,” says Morgan Sindall area director Bob Ensch. “This has been a very challenging project as we have been working sensitively around patients undergoing serious medical treatment, while transporting all materials to the site through a small tunnel. As one of the biggest providers of healthcare facilities in the UK, we are delighted that our expertise has helped to deliver these state-of-the-art wards for the local community.”

Morgan Sindall completed ward refurbishments in stages and patients moved into completed wards whilst the remainder were upgraded. The company also created a plant room and extra office space at the hospital as part of the project.