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Morecambe Health Centre

R. G. Parkins & Partners Ltd were appointed to act as CDM Co-ordinator for a refurbishment project within Morecambe Health Clinic, for the Client, North Lancashire Teaching Primary Care Trust.

The project included internal refurbishment and alteration works and construction of an external covered walkway. One focus for health and safety was interaction with end user staff and addressing potential hazards with the finished scheme, including:

  • Position of staff and public WC
  • Access issues and fire escape
  • Cleaning materials storage
  • Sharps disposal (needle storage)
  • Meetings and consultations required
  • R. G. Parkins & Partners had to undertake a number of stages to ensure the client conformed to CDM Regulations 2007, i.e

  • Ensure that all design consultants were adequately scrutinised for competence
  • Ensuring an Engineer was appointed to address major structural issues and hazards
  • Assemble a Pre-Construction Health & Safety Information Pack to go with tender package.
  • Highlight site specific hazards and existing hazard information. The existing building did not have a Health and Safety File
  • Ensuring the Principal Contractor’s Construction Phase Health and Safety Plan was acceptable and Risk Assessments and Method Statements were submitted and implemented.
  • Ensure all necessary welfare, security and signage was erected, in accordance with current requirements
  • Compilation of final Health & Safety File on completion of works
  • There were a number of issues to address throughout the project and good distribution of information was required at all times to address these, i.e.

  • Location of site within a busy working hospital 7 days a week.
  • Interaction with general public and ensuring phased works to keep the centre open.
  • Works on services required pre-planning (live working hospital).
  • Presence of asbestos, ina and around public areas.
  • New foundations, exacavations, dirt and dust generation close to exsiting live buildings.
  • Connections into deep drains
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