The donor suite was extensively refurbished
McCarrick Construction’s James Brown safeguarded the day-to-day operations of a live healthcare facility while remodelling the Donor Suite at NHSBT’s Newcastle Blood Donor Centre.
Working on a live medical facility, cleanliness is of course of the utmost importance, and access can be an issue. I have managed far larger jobs but, for me, overcoming the severe limitations set on our schedule by the continuous use of the facility was the most satisfying aspect of this complex job.
Our brief was to renovate the extensive donor suite, and demolish internal structures to create a new recuperation room and reception area.
At tender stage, we understood we’d have access to the whole area to work on at once, however at our pre-start meeting it quickly became clear that staff and donors would need usage of a reception and recuperation area in some form throughout, so as not to disrupt the vital process of blood donation.