Based on a 15 acre site at the edge of Arrowe Park, near Upton Wirral, Arrowe Park Hospital is one of three hospitals managed by Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Built to replace Birkenhead General Hospital, it opened its doors on 4th May 1982.
On the site, there is an Accident & Emergency (A&E) unit, a Maternity Unit and a Walk-In Centre. The hospital has around 900 beds and the capacity to treat up to 30,000 patients a year.
The hospital delivers critical care 24 hours a day, 365 days per year, so installation of any mechanical services has to ensure minimal disruption to the staff and patients.
Our brief was to design and install thermostatic self-balancing valves on the domestic hot water return system distribution together with pipework and valve replacement across the A&E and Theatres. The system had been in place since it was first installed in the early 1980’s and was both inefficient and beyond economic repair.
One particular challenge was to replace all of the copper risers of the existing distribution system with new BSEN 250 table X quality copper pipework.
The second part of the brief was, with the installation complete, to train the in-house team in operating, maintaining and servicing the completed installation during the commissioning period.
The Kimpton team designed a system to create the absolute minimum of disruption, working through the night from 2100 hrs through to 0500 hrs, when some of the working areas were able to be temporarily closed off.
The planning, therefore, had to ensure nightly deadlines were adhered to, in order to allow reopening during the daytime working hours.