While Jamie Jackson has delivered every project he has ever led on time and within budget, this major hospital reconfiguration was a rather different challenge. For a start, it involving working in an existing building (there was significant refurbishment, along with a new-build ophthalmology department) where ongoing medical activity always took priority over construction work. And as it was his employer’s first job for the client, it was up to Jamie to establish the key relationships and make them work.
He carried out a dilapidation survey in each area before any works began to identify which items could be usefully retained on the budget-strapped scheme. And as the works included the demolition of existing buildings, he added value by crushing the materials to form hardcore for the base of the new-build development. It reduced the amount of waste that had to be moved off site, lowered landfill payments and cut down on imports of new aggregate.
But his biggest challenge was ensuring the hospital remained disruption-free throughout all works, most of which had to be carried out during normal working hours in a fully operational facility. Jamie took on a full-time cleaner to keep construction dirt and mess to an absolute minimum, restricted demolition works to between 6.30am and 8am, carried out all skip exchanges at agreed times, and downed noisy tools when consultants were with patients close by.
Jamie’s open and collaborative approach made for a highly effective construction regime. The client subsequently awarded the contractor another phase of the works – for a new-build ward – with Jamie leading the team.