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Client
North Bristol NHS Trust
Year
2015
Architect
BDP
Main Contractor
Carillion
Sector
Healthcare

Scope of Works Expand

  • Standing seam roof
  • Louvres
  • Rain screen and windcatchers
  • Curtain walling
  • Hot melt roofing
  • SFS framing

Overview Expand

Built on the site of the existing hospital, the construction of the new building allows Southmead Hospital to provide world-class medical care to around half a million people in and around Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire. 

With extensive experience providing external envelope solutions in the healthcare sector, Prater was appointed to deliver an extensive scope of works.

The £430m building has a total floorspace of 115,000 sqm and consists of two main building elements. An atrium also runs the full length of the building, containing three pyramid wind catchers. The size and complexity of the building design resulted in a complicated construction process, with the construction of the wind catchers posing an obstacle for later phases of the project. Our expert project team erected specially designed scaffolding to work around the sloping frame.

The logistics of installing the roofing package also added to the complexity of the project and our project team installed 21,500 sqm of hot melt roofing. The size of the building within the tight confines of the site presented further challenges when delivering large volumes of materials, as well as transporting to roof level for installation.