Chris Edmonds, Prince Charles Hospital Site Manager
“Shield carried out what was a logistically very difficult Asbestos removal project, in a very professional manner. All aspects of the work were carried out with the highest standards of H&S, quality and efficiency. Due to the nature of the works we encountered many problems but Shield always managed to adapt to help the overall progression of the project. The multi disciplines of Shield were one of the key factors in being awarded the contract and they came into great use. It has been a pleasure to work with Shield and I would highly recommend them”.
Shield Asbestos Removal, Cardiff branch was contracted under Interserve, to undertake asbestos removal and remediation works at Prince Charles Hospital in South Wales. These removal works were necessary to facilitate major planned expansion, refurbishment and upgrading works within the hospital.
Prince Charles Hospital is a district general hospital in Gurnos, Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales, that is managed by the Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board. Open 24 hours, 365 days per year, the hospital hosts a range of services including radiology, day surgery, oncology, physiotherapy and many more, as well as being a major acute and major A&E centre for the region.
The hospital remained fully operational throughout the duration of the contracted works, which brought its own set of challenges. As well as having to work around other on-site trades and the close proximity of members of the public throughout the works, the logistical location of works was limited to both ground and upper floors of the hospital. This affected the transiting of operatives, movement of materials from work areas and other such tasks which had to be meticulously and strategically planned to minimise disruption to all parties. Shift patterns were also modified at strategic phases and points of the works, to minimise disruption to the surrounding areas and to hospital staff and patients.
Christopher Wood, Prince Charles Hospital Site Manager
“Shield is currently undertaking a major asbestos removal project on a logistically complex construction scheme. Working above and around a live hospital has its own challenges, which Shield has managed to the highest standards across all areas of Health and Safety, quality, client and end user liaison. Due to the nature of the works, we have encountered many problems but as one of our key supply chain partners, Shield always work collaboratively with us to adapt and assist with the overall progression of the project. It has been a great pleasure to work with Shield and I look forward to continue working in partnership with them on future projects. I would highly recommend their services”.
The contracted works involved fully stripping back to the original concrete ‘shell’ of the internal areas of work, which were undertaken under both semi and fully-controlled conditions. All works were carried out in accordance with the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 (CAR2012), the Licenced Contractors Guide HSG247, and as a rolling phased programme of works.
This programme worked in conjunction with all other trade disciplines on the project. As the primary trade contractor on site, after control of each phase was handed over from the client, it was programme critical that we completed each phase on time to ensure that the following trades met their targets.
The project is running from December 2018 through to December 2024, generating a total of £11.5m in revenue as of April 2023.Prince Charles Hospital PDF.