Dean Williams, Project Manager, Kier Construction Ltd.
“Shield is undertaking the asbestos strip and removal of existing windows for Kier at the Singleton Hospital recladding project. The biggest compliment I can provide is that Shield is self-sufficient and get on with the job with minimal hassle. Works are safely coordinated by their supervisor, delivered to a quality/ clean handover and always to programme. Shield notify me ahead of time of an anticipated delivery date for a particular ward/phase, which allows follow-on trades to be easily coordinated.”
Singleton Hospital overlooks Swansea Bay and hosts a range of services including acute assessment, elderly care, neo-natal intensive care, ophthalmology and ENT. The hospital is also the home of the South West Wales Cancer Institute and an iconic Maggie’s Centre.
Shield’s scope of works comprises the removal and disposal of the whole of the existing front façade of the hospital, facilitating the installation and upgrade of new energy-saving glazing and façades.
Luc Rees, Quantity Surveyor, Kier Construction Ltd.
“Shield has been very collaborative throughout the project, at both pre-construction stage, providing a robust and clear methodology on how they would carry out the works required, and the construction stage, providing support when dealing with and mitigating any challenges. The Shield project team have been professional, maintained good communication at all times and demonstrated that they can successfully work to programme and within budget.”
Due to the sprayed coating contamination located behind the original façade of circa 3,960m2, the works needed to be carried out under fully controlled conditions by an HSE-approved licensed contractor. All works will be carried out in accordance with the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 (CAR2012) and the Licenced Contractors Guide HSG247.
Following further investigations at the pre-planning stage, circa 1,800m2 of Asbestos Insulating Board (AIB) panels were also identified, in the rear frame housing of the façade, forming part of the original fabric of the building. This was also included as a part of Shield’s scope of removal.
The project ran from July 2021 through to December 2023.