The west wing of Ashford hospital, whose operations had been relocated to a different venue by the NHS, was purchased by Inland PLC to make way for a new housing plaza.
The west wing was attached to the main hospital, which was still in operation, so the services within the west wing had to be carefully disconnected from the main building. Major planning and consideration had to take place to shut down these services without ever affecting the main hospital’s activities.
Underground service corridors linking the main hospital and the west wing had to be demolished, making sure there were no trespassers and that the area was completely clear of personnel and equipment.
Extreme care was required when working adjacent to the main hospital, as dust from the demolition work could not be allowed to enter the vents that led to active operating theatres. With this in mind, noise and vibration had to be constantly and carefully monitored so as to avoid having a negative impact on patient welfare.
One of the last major considerations was the vicinity of the structure. The west wing was a multi-storey building within two meters of a public highway to which access was required 24 hours a day. Secure hoardings allowed for a safe transition enabling the public highway to be used at all times.