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Open Doors Week: Skanska's Great Ormond Street Hospital build

It’s not often you hear the words ‘construction’ and ‘Disney garden’ in one sentence but for Skanska’s team working over at Great Ormond Street Hospital, it has become the norm.

The contractor is building GOSH’s Premier Inn Clinical Building, which will form the second part of the Mittall Children’s Medical Centre.

Part of the project includes the delivery of an outdoor garden, designed and landscaped by Disney, which will help to bring a little magic to GOSH patients and their families during difficult times.

The same level of care and attention that has been put into the design of the building has gone into its construction.

“Part of our culture is very much a collaborative [one]; making sure we communicate with our workforce,” Skanska project director Burgess Pocock says.

“It’s about care and concern [for] the actual guy onsite and we’ve found that’s been really well received.”

The project is the redevelopment an old cardiac wing in the heart of the GOSH site, which means Skanska’s team is surrounded by a live hospital environment.

Walking around the site for Open Doors, we wind through slim, carefully designed corridors that lead to a row of rooms that will soon become the temporary home to some of the hospital’s most critical patients.

It is only when we come across an open space that we realise just how tight this working environment. You can see how logistics and organisation are crucial to the smooth running of the scheme.

Other people on the tour are seriously impressed.

“I loved it,” trainee engineer Jody Amar beamed. “The tours are awesome. Everyone should just go on a tour, definitely.”

Jody had previously worked in IT before deciding to move into construction. She hopes more people, especially women, consider a move into construction.

“I don’t think this is something that is actively said at school but I think women could bring something really interesting into the industry.”

GOSH Premier Inn Clinical Building

Contractor: Skanska
Client: Great Ormond Street Hospital
Value: £50m
Start date: June 2014
Completion date: April 2017

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