Dr. Kershaw’s Hospice, Royton
We have selected this case study because we feel it demonstrates our flexibility to respond to our clients’ needs and put the users of our work at the forefront of planning and delivery. The hospice was fully operational while work was underway, and in order to do this successfully, we dedicated a substantial resource initially to understanding the hospice and how it works. Our work continued whilst the hospice was fully operational and due to our early involvement we were able to make proposals about where savings might come from.
We worked closely with the hospice nursing staff in discussing design and developing the construction programme, so that operational considerations given the care of critically ill patients could be taken into account.
We then met regularly with operational staff to provide updates on progress, and receive any feedback.
Various changes were made as a result of their input, such as a store room for the kitchen made slightly larger with shelving for stock and an existing staff toilet refurbishment within the project altered to suit staff requirements. Although these were minor adjustments, the Client was delighted by the fact that these additional works were possible at no extra cost.
It became clear that additional work would be required, with greater costs. Our team considered the specification and requirements and value engineered a solution relating to the car park surfacing, which resulted in considerable savings. Use of our preferred suppliers also resulted in savings on doors, facings and ironmongery.
The savings enabled additional work such as a new boiler extension for a future heating project and work to a first floor kitchen to bring it in line with building regulations.
The contract was completed within budget and the new extension to the boiler house was funded by the saving on the existing car park.
We believe the success of this project was a result of the patience of our own teams to work in a considerate way, and also as a result of keeping our sub-contract teams together.
Because the team had all worked together on many occasions, the team could focus on the requirements of the special end user of this particular project. The learning curve had already taken place, and they could focus on the briefing and sharing an understanding of the patients at Dr Kershaw’s.
Jackson Jackson works with other hospices at cost, and was pleased to carry out elements of the project for Dr Kershaw’s at cost.