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Prince Charles Hospital, Merthyr Tydfil, ward refurbishment

A complex four-year phased ward refurbishment programme on a live hospital site, delivered defect-free three weeks ahead of schedule

This four-year multi-phased refurbishment programme consisted of fire upgrade works, a complete asbestos strip, contaminated mechanical and electrical services strip out, window replacement and re-configuration, plus upgrade of partitions and services of 12 wards in the west and east blocks of the hospital (two wards at a time).


A heavily congested, confined site area with multiple contractors.
Live wards, theatres and public areas directly above, below and adjacent to the works being undertaken.

Asbestos contamination meant regular dialogue and inspections with HSE had to be maintained

Willmott Dixon approach

Ventilation services maintained to the operational wards during work on the floors above, achieved by installing temporary ductwork and air handling unit on the roof.
External access for site operatives was maintained from scaffolding at all times so that clinical services and operational wards were not affected.

Strict co-ordination of deliveries so as not to affect the day to day running of the hospital.

Co-location with Trust estate team allowed daily interaction on both a formal and informal basis.


Four year phased scheme delivered three weeks ahead of programme and completed under budget.

100% client satisfaction score.

Completed wards/phases were handed over defect free and were immediately occupied by patients

Due to the successful partnership formed with the Trust, additional works were awarded while on site including a new-build £1m oncology unit.


  • Complex four-year phased programme delivered three weeks ahead of schedule and under budget
  • Constrained site with multiple contractors, adjacent to live wards, theatres and public areas
  • 100% client satisfaction score, with completed wards handed over defect-free




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