Project name: Lavender House
Client name: Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust
Supplied by: Wernick Buildings
Accommodation type: 3 storey Rapidplan modular building
Size: 55 modules including plant room module
Features: Clinical areas, DDA compliant bedrooms, office space
The expansive Norton Court building at Birmingham Women’s hospital has accommodated a wide variety of hospital services for many years, including accommodation for parents with children in neonatal care, the clinical genetics team, and office space and interview rooms.
While the service inside were cutting edge, it was becoming increasingly difficult for Norton Court to provide the same high-quality environment patients, staff and visitors enjoyed in other parts of the hospital. As part of a £63 million redevelopment programme, the hospital plan to demolish the building and replace it with a more modern facility.
Many of the departments in the building were able to relocate to other locations within the hospital, but there would still be a requirement for a new facility while Norton Court’s replacement was under construction. This would also need to be high quality, but delivered as quickly as possible to enable the demolition of the existing building. Having been impressed with the quality of their service in the past, the Trust approached Wernick Buildings to deliver the new facility.
While a restricted site in a busy hospital environment is nothing new to Wernick Buildings, the location at Birmingham Women’s Hospital provided some additional challenges. The site was located adjacent to a small nursery building with parents and carers dropping off and picking up children throughout the day.
The site was also next to a multi storey car park, at the top of which was a helipad. This necessitated careful coordination between helicopter teams and Wernick’s site team while units were being craned into position.
It was during the fit out of the project that the Coronavirus pandemic struck. Wernick worked with the hospital to make additional changes to the building, as well as devising new ways of working to allow work to be completed while keeping everyone on site safe.
The completed 3 storey building is finished externally with cladding colours to match nearby hospital buildings.
The ground floor features clinical rooms, interview rooms and bedrooms for visiting families. Special care was given to the design of the bedrooms, which each some with en-suite bathrooms, including one designed to be accessible for disabled parents. Kitchenette areas were also provided for those staying overnight.
The first floor accommodates the clinical genetics team and the regional cytology school, while the second floor is comprised of office space. As part of the project, Wernick also delivered a car park for the building.
Paul Scott, Trust Project Manager commented “Wernick responded very professionally to the challenges posed by the site, both predicted and unpredicted. Feedback from end users has been very positive, and I look forward to working with Wernick again in the future.”