CMB were awarded the Mechanical and Electrical contract for the Cardiff University Health Care Relocation Project back in January of this year and commenced works at the site in March of this year.
This project will see Cardiff University’s School of Healthcare Sciences located on a single site for the first time since its inception and will provide an increased number of teaching and immersive educational spaces for students and teachers alike.
The Health Care Relocation involves the refurbishment of 2 buildings in the former Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) site, just off the Gabalfa Interchange. The buildings will be used by Cardiff University to accommodate the healthcare school’s new teaching and practical spaces and will include the addition of new offices, meeting rooms, practical rooms for the development and assessment of physical skills, communication booths, a simulation suite based on a realistic hospital ward setting, student study and breakout spaces and additional welfare facilities including a living suite and garden spaces.
All existing MEP services have been stripped out completely and CMB are now installing a new heating system including boilers, heat recovery units and radiators in block 2 and boilers and radiators in block 4. New air conditioning systems are being installed by our in-house specialist CMB Renewables in both buildings to serve larger simulation and training rooms along with LAN and IT rooms. We are also installing a complete compressed air and central vacuum system for medical gas and suction simulation and training purposes. Externally we will be installing new water mains and gas mains to block 2 and a new gas mains to block 4.
Professor David Whitaker, Head of the School of Healthcare Sciences for Cardiff University, commented on the development saying:
“This is an ambitious project with our intention to deliver education in our newly redeveloped building from January 2024. What the past few years has proved is that, as a School community, we tackle challenges wholeheartedly and successfully. The contribution of our staff and students to the pandemic was nothing short of outstanding; with students deployed to work in our embattled NHS and staff providing essential training for NHS workers.
This redevelopment project will give us a bespoke facility that will ensure we continue to help students become the best possible healthcare professionals.”