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  • £2.5M




  • 10 WEEK


Rapidly delivering construction services associated with the refurbishment of A&E facilities as part of Royal Berkshire Hospitals Winter Pressures Reconfiguration.


  • Urgent project for the hospital as part of their Winter Pressures programme
  • Working in a live A&E department
  • Procured through direct award Scape National Major Works framework

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Progress in early December 2020 - halfway through the rapid 10-week programme.

Contacted through the Scape National Major Works framework, we are delivering an extensive refurbishment to the existing Royal Berkshire Hospital A&E department to ensure that it is fit for purpose through the winter with COVID-19 measures in place. The works will ensure that patients visiting the A&E department are able to follow social distancing measure safely while in the hospital building.

Collaborative working and the speed of procurement are key to the project. Having been appointed in September 2020, the preconstruction design stage was delivered in just six weeks, allowing the team to start on site in October, allowing for delivery in early 2021.

Richard Poulter, managing director of our central south office, commented:

“2020 has shown the county how vitally important the NHS is to all of us. This project will help the team at Royal Berkshire provide their much needed and critical services to the community. We are delight to be working with them to support their critical activities to the residents.”

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The project has progressed quickly with a 6-week preconstruction phase followed by a 10-week construction phase. The speed of the programme has ensured that the Trust was able to access the necessary funding for the scheme, while also ensuring the hospital had the much-needed facilities at the height of the winter demand.

The project builds on Willmott Dixon's long-standing pedigree health sector, having delivered over a century of first-class projects. The team has been at the forefront of the UK’s COVID-19 response. During Spring, at the University Hospital Wales (Heath) and University Hospital Llandough, the business rapidly converted existing non-medical facilities into COVID-19 care units, creating an additional 50 ICU beds to deliver extra support throughout the pandemic.