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The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust

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Drees & Sommer are providing a turn-key solution through RIBA 0-4 on the new Emergency Department (ED) at Russell’s Hall Hospital in Dudley. The project includes delivering full technical advisor services and business case authorship on the £17m scheme. We have established a PMO annexe that sits both with the Trust and the STP so that the goals of both organisations are aligned.

As part of the role we coordinated all the directors of the estate across the STP, to develop the business case for the proposed new ED at the Trust which comprises a number of elements including the refurbishment and reconfiguration of the existing emergency department to provide expanded and fit for purpose resuscitation facilities and a new build extension to the front of the existing department. Part of the scheme is to remodel to the existing ED footprint providing a fit for purpose larger majors unit, an improved paediatrics unit, and a new main waiting area and reception for ambulatory care and improve ambulance triage and handover areas. Part of the new facility accommodates an extension to provide new staff facilities and a dedicated area to support patients with mental health needs, including an improved bereavement suite.

Drees & Sommer are also Principal Designer on the scheme and our input in the early design phases has been critical. We conducted a gap analysis review on all current available information and formulated a clear action plan to drive design decisions and meet the challenges of the site.

The client has benefited from our in-depth knowledge of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (CDM) 2015 and our vast experience delivering safety critical projects within an NHS facility. Going above and to identify potentials risks and offering robust plans for mitigation. By engaging the design team to think proactively with regards to design risks that affect the construction phase but also impact on future use and maintenance, we will deliver a building that will not only been safe to construct but will also be safe to maintain and use.

Our collaborative approach has built strong foundations with the Trust and key stakeholders including the end users, which we will continue into project finalisation. Making a building that really works as a busy functioning ED and aligns with the Trust’s vision.

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