Capita Symonds receives NHS Trust refurbishment contract

Capita Symonds has been appointed by Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust to provide civil, structural and mechanical and electrical engineering services on a £35m new-build and refurbishment project at Princess Royal Hospital, Telford, and at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.

The scheme includes a new Women’s Unit at Telford Hospital covering approximately 70,000ft² (6,500m²) over two floors. The proposed structural solution is a steel frame with composite metal deck and concrete slabs, with the key challenge being dealing with the requirements for very rigid and inflexible floorplates in sensitive areas such as operating theatres.

The engineering aspects of the refurbishment works at both hospitals range from ‘light touch’ (cosmetic changes) to significant refurbishment entailing the removal and/or alteration of existing services and primary load-bearing elements.