In April 2010 Bam Construction began work on a £39 million scheme for Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. The project consisted of building a new two storey extension, located between Netherton Grove and Nightingale Place, and extensive internal remodelling of the existing Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. Construction was completed in two phases to minimise disruption to the hospital because both the A&E department on the ground floor and the paediatric unit on the first floor were still in use seven days a week. Phase one was completed at the end of August 2011 and phase two was completed by Christmas 2011.
The new 2,200 square foot extension and rejuvenation of the existing building was designed by Studio 4 Architects. To make the most of the small space they had to work with the Architects designed the extension over the current Accident & Emergency Unit and ambulance parking facility. The whole project provided four new state-of-the-art theatres and teaching facilities within a new streamlined paediatric day care suite, a 12 bed paediatric High Dependency Unit (HDU) including two high dependency isolation bedrooms with en-suite facilities, a 19 bed adult ward with each bed occupying its own single room complete with en-suite, an oncology day facility including a 10 patient day ward unit, two treatment rooms and five consultation and examination rooms. The new extension is serviced by a plant room built at the top of the building on the third floor.
Elite worked closely with the Architect, the main contractor and the joinery sub contractor to ensure that the extension blended seamlessly with the existing building. The ironmongery was largely dark grey nylon, which provided the required contrast against the doors whilst also matching the hardware elsewhere in the building. In addition, Elite co-ordinated the specification, supply and installation of the automated systems to key areas of the hospital such as the operating theatres and controlled circulation routes. Elite delivered the complete in co-ordination with the existing hardware and access control requirements.