Graham-BAM Healthcare Partnership, a joint venture between Graham Construction and BAM International, has been selected by South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust to build Ulster Hospital’s new £95m Acute Services Block in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
The Acute Services Block represents the second phase of a four-year £185m construction framework that began in 2013. The Graham-BAM Healthcare Partnership is already working on the first phase of the hospital’s redevelopment programme.
The Acute Services Block will replace the outdated existing main ward block and other specialist acute services within the wider hospital estate. It will be situated adjacent to a new ward facility that is currently being constructed by the joint venture at the same complex.
Phase 2 will comprise an eight-storey, 31,000 sq m Acute Services Block, featuring specialist wards, support services, an assessment unit, an in-patient imaging department, and a new emergency department that will cater to 110,000 attendances annually.
The scheme has been designed in accordance with BREEAM Excellent and will use flat slab construction. The building's high thermal mass will reduce operational running costs and the delivery of the structural and acoustic solutions will also support the healthcare services.