2017 May

Freeman Hospital – Relocation of VIE

Karen Parkin

NCS are currently working on the VIE relocation at Freeman Hospital in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Site expansion has necessitated the relocation of the back-up VIE (oxygen storage tank) from outside the institute of Transplantation to an area identified in the Podium Yard on the freeman Hospital Estate.

The works include:

  • New concrete base for VIE and associated controls.
  • Hard standing delivery base.
  • Excavate trench by hand and lay precast concrete duct channels.
  • Lay electrical duct in trench with draw cord.
  • Erect new fence around compound for tank.
  • Reinstate tarmac areas.
  • New road markings.
  • Install new oxygen pipework and connections.


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Freeman Hospital NCCC

Karen Parkin

This £850k project comprised a programme to replace defective ventilation systems within the NCCC situated at the Freeman Hospital Newcastle upon Tyne.

The works involved providing temporary partitions and screens to isolate the work areas, protection of specialist equipment, strip out, mechanical and electrical installations and the reinstating of the finishes to each area.

The works were carried out in a live hospital environment and required careful planning, organisation, co-ordination, culture and communication in conjunction with the various departments within the hospital.

The hospital services remained fully operational throughout the works.

Freeman 1

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RVI New Victoria Wing – MRI Unit

Karen Parkin

This £900k project involved the design and construction of a suite and associated accommodation for the installation of new MRI scanner works to include adaption and extension of mechanical and electrical services.

The site was located on part of Level 5 of the Royal Victoria Infirmary, which is a working infirmary which remained in operation for the duration of the contract period.

The weeks needed to be programmed and undertaken to ensure that the infirmary remained fully operational at all times with no disruption to its working practices.

The project required close co-operation and communication with the hospital staff at all times.

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