The A&E extension in Wexford General Hospital was carried out under the Covid 19 Rapid Emergency Works scheme for the HSE. Tom O’Brien Construction were tasked with delivering this building in concert with a HSE appointed design team where all parties worked together to deliver a fast-track project to the client. Works included the installation of a number of treatment rooms, offices, utility rooms, new reception area and the enlargement of the existing A&E waiting rooms to facilitate effective streaming of emergency patients presenting to the hospital.
The building was constructed in a live HSE acute Hospital, tie ins to the existing building were done by the construction team with little interference to the day-to-day running of the existing hospital. This demonstrates our ability to deliver a complex building to the HSE on a live campus where the adjacent buildings remain live during the construction process.
The building also had a significant M&E input overseen by Tom O’Brien’s M&E co-ordinator. The works required significant tie-ins to the existing systems located in the original hospital. Provision of medical gas systems was part of the brief as was the installation of man down and nurses call systems to facilitate the current H&S regulations in Hospital settings. This demonstrates our ability to carry out and oversee the delivery of complex M&E elements along with specialised systems to the high level required by the HSE.
The project was built adjacent to the existing A&E building on a severely sloping site. Enabling works to facilitate the new building included the moving of a substantial amount of existing services from within the new buildings proposed footprint and the realigning of the emergency road to the Ambulance patient delivery suite. The installation of these relocated services plus the Ambulance Roadway and the provision of substantial concrete retaining walls were carried out without incurring any downtime to the existing hospital services with works carried out during the night or on weekends and in consultation with the Hospital’s technical services team.
Works commenced in November 2020 and the project was fast tracked with the building fully delivered and ready for operation in April 2021. Our significant experience and expertise in delivering high quality Health Projects to the HSE over the last number of years was pivotal in delivering this project to the required standard and ahead of the assigned timeframe required by the client. The building has been a success and has proven a valuable addition to the Hospital since its delivery.
Location Wexford General Hospital
Architect Wejchert Architects