Building and Civil Engineering Contractors

Bostock House, Belfast

Belfast Health & Social Care Trust

8 months

£1m – £2m

Royal Group of Hospitals, Grosvenor Road, Belfast

Architect: AECOM / Isherwood & Ellis
Structural Engineer: AECOM
M&E Engineer: White Young Green
Quantity Surveyor: White Young Green

Bostock House is an existing 9-storey building, originally constructed in the early 1950’s to provide nurses’ accommodation. The building is located adjacent to the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children and currently provides accommodation for a wide range of administration, clerical and medical uses.

The purpose of this project was to facilitate the temporary decant of the Royal Group of Hospitals Estates Dept. from their existing estates building which was scheduled for demolition to enable the future construction of a new Non-Critical Support Building on the cleared site. Consequently, this 8-month project involved internal refurbishment works to the lower ground, ground and third floors of Bostock House, to provide temporary offices, workshops, toilets and stores for the Estates Dept.

Key elements of the works involved:
- Removal of asbestos materials; stripping out finishes & fittings
- Minor demolitions; internal structural alterations
- Remedial works to/replacement of internal walls & partitions
- Replacement timber doorsets
- Replacement interior surface finishes; redecoration
- Upgrading/replacement M&E service installations

The floors within Bostock House which were not to be refurbished as part of this contract remained in occupation during the project timescale. Strict segregation measures were implemented including segregated access routes, secure access/egress points to/from construction areas and clearly defined no-go areas. Emergency evacuation arrangements were agreed with BHSCT representatives and all escape routes were checked daily to ensure the routes were maintained free of obstructions.