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Top award for hospital theatres building

16 August 2017

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A state-of-the-art building at the James Paget University Hospital has won a prestigious construction industry award.

The day care operating theatre complex took the honours in the Best Public Service Building category in the Local Authority Building Control East Anglia Building Excellence Awards 2017.

It was officially opened in October 2015, following a major construction project which started 18 months earlier and involved the removal of a section of the hospital’s roof to create three new day care theatres, a new ward and recovery area, anaesthetic room, stores and changing rooms.

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The creation of the new complex has helped the hospital increase its overall theatre provision from seven to eight theatres – and has created additional capacity for day case surgery, which helps reduce the time patients have to spend in hospital.

JPUH Director of Finance Mark Flynn said: “The day care unit represents one of the biggest investments in the Trust’s history and has significantly improved the efficiency of services offered to patients while providing staff with modern, well-equipped facilities.

“We are delighted to receive this award, which underlines the quality of the building which is now serving our patients and staff so well.”

The LABC represents all local authority building control teams in England and Wales – and its building excellence awards recognise quality in all types of building project and reward excellent buildings, outstanding companies, and partnerships and individuals that go that extra mile.

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As a regional winner, the day care theatres building will now go through to the national LABC Grand Final, which takes place on 10 November in London.

In total, some 50 separate contracting companies were involved in building the day care unit. The project was led by constructors Morgan Sindall and involved architects Frank Shaw Associates Ltd and the Great Yarmouth Borough Council building control team.

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