With maternity wards around the UK set to undergo a massive modernisation effort thanks to £10m of government funds, the charted land surveyors at the Severn Partnership believe that BIM should be the driving force behind the refurbishments.
Severn’s director Nick Blenkarn told Building & Maintenance that because hospitals are busy on a 24/7 cycle, closing off departments for lengthy periods of time was impractical.
“Refurbishment projects can be very disruptive and can have a significant impact on hospital resources and response times,” he said. BIM, however, allows these projects to be “quickly and safely planned — and often delivered with no disruption at all to hospital services.”
Outside of the care sector, Blenkan states that “using BIM on existing buildings is increasingly becoming the most effective way to both plan and design refurbishment projects and manage facilities from a central database”. To transfer this approach to hospitals would result in refurbishments that hit government targets and imposed a minimum of disruption on patients.
Severn’s work on Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals involved it laser scanning the departments of the hospital pencilled in for refurbishments, and extracting them into Revit. From there, the firm could analyse and edit the model, giving them a good understanding of how they would go about the modernisation.
As public sector projects, new NHS hospitals will fall under the government’s mandate for all new buildings to be BIM-compliant by 2016.