Musgrove's new Jubilee Building hosts exciting topping out ceremony
PUBLISHED: 10:07 19 November 2012 | UPDATED: 22:22 20 February 2013
VIP guests assembled on the roof of the building to mark the completion of the £34 million structure's highest point.
VIP guests assembled on the roof of the building to mark the completion of the 34 million structures highest point.
Tauntons MP, Jeremy Browne was joined by the hospitals longest serving and newest members of staff Theresa Chant (staff nurse on Wordsworth Ward) and Viktor Hajos (a hotel services apprentice) along with David Allwright, Musgroves Director of Corporate Planning & Performance.
And the four of them tried their hand at bricklaying, using golden trowels
This is the last big event before we open the Jubilee Building to patients in about a years time, said David.
The building has transformed the hospitals skyline, since work on the site started in March.
Now the main structure is complete, we will be focusing our efforts on the highest quality design and layout of the ward areas, to deliver the very best patient care.
When it opens to patients in late 2013, the Jubilee Building will have 112 single, en-suite bedrooms each with around three times the space of a standard bed on a Nightingale ward.
The new building will accommodate surgical patients who are currently cared for in some of the hospitals oldest wards, which date back to the Second World War.
Funding for the project has come from savings made by Musgrove over recent years, plus a 12 million loan from the NHS Bank.
The construction company tasked with delivering the project is BAM.
Steve Tapson, BAMs Regional Director said: We are celebrating two major events in the construction of the Jubilee Building; the topping out and the completion of the mock up room, which will give stakeholders an insight into the exciting new patient environment to be created in the building.
The mock-up room has been created for hospital staff to try out the new working environment.
Comprising a section of corridor and a bedroom, the facility provides an invaluable training opportunity, as well as the chance to try out fixtures and fittings to ensure that they are completely fit for purpose before theyre installed.
The construction work also includes a new concourse, linking the Jubilee Building to the rest of the hospital with new facilities for patients, visitors and staff.