Balfour Hospital Opens to Public

Balfour Hospital Opens to Public

Balfour Hospital Open to Public

The new Balfour Hospital, Orkney has opened its door to members of the public. 

The construction of the new Orkney Hospital & Healthcare Facility is the largest construction project on the Isle of Orkney since the construction of Kirkwall Grammar School and Pickaguoy Leisure Centre in 2012.

BHC were responsible for the fabrication and erection of 1,194 tonnes of structural steelwork and the installation of 6,718mof metal decking.

The 14,500mdevelopment provides 49 en-suite bedrooms for in-patients, assessment, maternity and mental health needs. Additional features of the new hospital include; accident and emergency, surgical theatres, day surgery and cancer care.

The £64 million Healthcare facility services the Island of Orkney and will reduce the number of patients travelling to the mainland for routine healthcare and treatment.

When it comes to construction on the outer lying island of Scotland, structural steel framed solutions are highly advantageous. For instance, there is only one concrete batching facility on the island which would not be able to supply the amount of concrete required for a concrete frames solution. Whereas, BHC can fabricate steelwork in Carnwath, South Lanarkshire and ship the materials from mainland Scotland to the site in Kirkwall, Orkney.NHS Orkney

The hospital features a complex design and shape; a two storey structure with two inner circle courtyards – one completely enclosed by the building with the other courtyard being a partially enclosed horseshoe shape. The project architects – Keppie – designed a connecting hub to house the hospital’s main entrance, restaurant, shop and waiting areas.

Adjacent to the hub is a long curved structure. The geometry of the design is complex and the curved longitudinal grids are based on several different radii. The steel frame mainly comprises of straight beams, effectively faceted between grids, however, curved steel members were used to achieve the building’s tightest curves. The perimeter columns follow a regular 6m grid pattern with the internal columns being arranged around the tighter curves of the courtyard, varying from 4m to 7m spacings.

The use of structural steelwork to support metal decking made it more straightforward to form the required curves in the floorplate of the building.

NHS OrkneyA major benefit of a steel frame includes the speed that steelwork can be erected. This was vital throughout the construction of the Balfour Hospital as it permitted the building to be wind and watertight at an early stage, allowing internal trades to progress despite the elements.

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NHS Orkney Hospital & Healthcare Facility

The new NHS Orkney Hospital & Healthcare Facility features as the Heathcare feature project in the latest issue of New Steel Construction.

BHC recently fabricated and erected 1,194 tonnes of steelwork for the two-storey development which will provide health services, new technologies and facilities to the residents of Orkney, reducing the number of people that are required to travel to the mainland for routine healthcare.

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Distinctive Curved Form at NHS Orkney

NHS Orkney Hospital & Health Care, Kirkwall

Progress continues onsite at the new NHS Orkney Hospital & Health Care facilities in Kirkwall.

The structural steelwork is now well underway on the Isle of Orkney. The hospital features a distinctive curved form providing both shelter from the sometimes extreme environment of Orkney as well as highly functional clinical accommodation.

The building is based on a two-storey, form, with low-level pitched rood and orientated on the site to provide minimum impact to its domestic neighbours. The new purpose built hospital will include Accident & Emergency, surgical theatres, day surgery and cancer & palliative care etc.

 

Lydd

BHC Erect 38.5m Trusses at Lydd Airport

Search & Rescue Helicopter Hanger, Lydd Airport

Search & Rescue Hanger begins to take shape.

From fabrication to erection. The 38.5 m trusses BHC Ltd. fabricated earlier in the summer have now been erected on site at the new Search & Rescue hanger at Lydd Airport.

The hanger is the final new-build base constructed for the UK SAR Helicopter service operated by Bristows Helicopters on behalf of HM Coastguard.

When complete the hanger will be used to house 2 state-of-the-art SAR Helicopters.

Previously, BHC ltd. have fabricated and erected the structural steel for five other UK SAR bases across the United Kingdom.

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Orkney Hospital & Healthcare, Kirkwall

NHS Orkney Hospital and Health Care

Last month BHC Ltd. began erecting the structural steel for the new NHS Orkney Hospital and Health Care Centre, Kirkwall.

The new healthcare facility will replace the existing Balfour Hospital, two local GP Practices and the Public Dental Service.

The 14, 500 m2  development will provide 49 en-suite bedrooms for in-patients, assessment, maternity and mental health needs. Additionally, the new purpose built hospital will include Accident & Emergency, surgical theatres, day surgery and cancer & palliative care etc.

 

SAR Truss

UK Search & Rescue Hanger, Lydd Airport

Search & Rescue Hanger, Lydd Airport.

Fabricating 38m Trusses

In the BHC Ltd. workshop this week our apprentices and tradesmen are fabricating 38.5 metre trusses for a Search & Rescue hanger based at Lydd Airport.

The hanger at Lydd Airport will be the final new-build base constructed for the UK SAR helicopter service which is operated by Bristows Helicopters on belhalf of HM Coastguard.

The new hangar will house 2 state-of-the-art search and rescue helicopters that will operate a lifesaving service around the clock.

BHC Ltd. have previously worked on five other UK SAR bases across the country.

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NHS Orkney Hospital & Health Care Facilities

BHC Ltd. have gained the Structural Steel sub-contract for the new £64 million NHS Orkney Hospital & Health Care facilities, Kirkwall. 

Orkney Hospital and Health Care - BHC Structural Steelwork ContractorWorking with Robertson Capital Projects, BHC will provide the structural steel, metal decking and edge protection for the new purpose-built hospital set to replace the existing Balfour Hospital, two local GP Practices and the Public Dental Service.

The 14,500 m2 development will provide 49 en-suite bedrooms for in-patient, assessment, maternity and mental health needs. Additional clinical accommodation includes Accident & Emergency, surgical theatres, endoscopy, day surgery, cancer & palliative care, radiology, dental, renal, mortuary, pharmacy and outpatient.

Kirkwall’s two local GP Practices will also re-locate to the new development which will also provide support accommodation.