M&E installation at Broomfield

Shepherd Engineering Services has been awarded a £14.2m contract to install mechanical and electrical services at Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford.


Shepherd Engineering Services (SES) has been awarded a £14.2m contract to install mechanical and electrical (M&E) services at BroomfieldHospital in Chelmsford.



The contract follows on from the installations at HOCLAS (the new Home Office headquarters) and at Peterborough schools – both PFI projects that SES has completed with main contractor Bouygues UK (BYUK).



Carlos Pinedo, project manager for BYUK, said: ‘Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust is engaged in a major project to achieve the centralisation and modernisation of acute services on the Broomfield Hospital site.



‘It’s imperative that, during the 30-month build programme, the hospital remains fully operational, so SES will work closely with us to ensure that the M&E work is completed seamlessly,’ he added.



Derek Joiner, divisional director for SES, said: ‘An extensive coordination process was carried out at the start of the project to ensure smooth management of the M&E services and to guarantee that BYUK’s maintenance division, Ecovert, had high-quality services to work with at the end of the contract.



‘This has resulted in a 3D modelling approach being implemented in order to streamline the M&E installation process. Our PRISM [Prefabricated Integrated Service Modularisation] division will be used to build corridor modules, plant and equipment offsite before delivering them to the hospital for installation onto the five floors of the building and the seven plant rooms,’ he added.


Work is scheduled for completion by July 2010, when the new hospital will be capable of carrying out up to 20,000 treatments a year. It will comprise of 361 beds, five theatres, a 100-bed emergency assessment facility, an accident-and-emergency department, a pharmacy suite, a maternity and neonatal care unit and a rooftop helipad for the Essex Air Ambulance service.