Midland Metropolitan Hospital: A work in progress

It’s been quite the journey for Novum Structures and our association with the Midland Metropolitan Hospital in Smethwick, England.

The state-of-the-art hospital was an architectural collaboration between design lead, Edward Williams Architects, the project lead, HKS, and Sonnemann Toon Architects, who served as the project’s clinical lead.  The hospital is set to offer 670 beds and span over 80,000 m2 upon completion, making it the largest acute hospital within the region.

Novum was awarded the complex building contract in 2016 by Carillion. The scope of works originally involved the core steelwork, link bridges and ETFE ward roof, as well as the engineering, design, fabrication, and installation of the “Winter Garden”, a space designed for staff, patients and visitors to relax, ‘providing a flexible covered external space for use all year round.’

Novum UK worked closely with the architectural team, along with Curtins and TPS Engineers throughout the design development phase to reach an efficient and buildable design whilst staying true to the Architect’s vision. Novum’s design team collaborated on the estimating details and fabrication drawings whilst our engineers worked on the complex connection design.

A second and third scope of works was awarded to Novum under Carillion, which included gable, skirt and core glazing, alongside numerous doors, louvres and cladding.

The hospital was due for completion in 2018, however due to the collapse of construction giant Carillion, the project soon ground to a halt and by the end of January 2018 work on the site completely ceased. By this point, Novum had already installed all of the core steelwork but the ETFE ward roof was left incomplete.

In late 2018 Balfour Beatty was awarded the £13 million early works contract which allowed construction to continue. Novum Structures worked closely with the NHS Trust and Balfour Beatty to agree on a program of works that would secure the best value for the Trust whilst protecting the exposed, quickly deteriorating fabric of the building. This package included finishing the installation of the Winter Garden steelwork and ETFE, gable glazing, link bridges, isolation flues, and finally, completion of the ETFE roof coverings.

Despite some adverse weather conditions, the ETFE installation was completed effortlessly by Novum’s site team and the installation of the Winter Garden and link bridge steelwork ran smoothly due to excellent planning between Novum and Balfour Beatty.

In December 2019, Balfour Beatty was awarded the final £267 million contract to complete the entire Midland Metropolitan project. Novum was eager to progress the project and once again work alongside Balfour Beatty to deliver a complete and efficient building structure. The final package of work included the installation of the level 5 skirt glazing, core glazing, entrance canopy steel, mechanical louvers, cladding, and automatic doors.

Novum called upon our global team of experts throughout this project. The majority of the steel was fabricated by Novum in its ISO 9001 certified steel fabrication facility in Turkey with only the lift core structural steelwork procured in the UK for ease of transport. The collaboration between Novum Structures Turkey and Novum Structures China was instrumental in the procurement of glass fittings, and Novum Membranes produced 6000 m2 of ETFE pillows.

Construction is expected to be completed in Spring 2021 and the hospital due to fully open in 2022. We are so excited to see the incredible result from this collaboration with the NHS and Balfour Beatty.


Ref 1: https://www.edwardwilliamsarchitects.com/projects/view/midland-metropolitan-hospital
Image courtesy of Edward Williams Architects
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