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In March 2020, Morgan Sindall Construction’s Yorkshire and North East team began work delivering essential improvement works to key facilities within Doncaster Royal Infirmary (DRI), a large acute hospital with over 800 beds, a 24-hour emergency department and trauma unit status.
Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (DBTH) procured this range of works through our Major Works Framework. However, just over a week after the initial works had begun, it had to be halted as a result of the UK’s first COVID-19 lockdown.
Morgan Sindall Construction put most of their improvement works on pause but completed certain public areas that they had already started and areas that were not being used, such as the hospital library and certain administrative areas.
Upon completion of these elements, the Morgan Sindall Construction team was then asked by the Trust if they could assist with the rapid creation of specialist COVID-19 wards to meet the expected influx of critically ill patients. We were able to again facilitate the appointment of Morgan Sindall Construction at speed via our Major Works Framework.
How did Pagabo help?
The ability to direct award Morgan Sindall Construction to deliver these urgent works was hugely advantageous for the Trust. Procuring through this route offered not only full compliance, but the flexibility to appoint their contractor of choice almost instantaneously.
Each contractor on our Major Works Framework went through a rigorous OJEU process, meaning that the Trust could be sure their project was in safe hands with Morgan Sindall Construction. We regularly monitor the financial performance of our contractors to ensure they’re capable of delivering on our client’s needs.
Using our Framework also provided the Trust with access to fixed overheads and profits from Morgan Sindall Construction. This ensured the best value for their money and a significant saving on what they may have received elsewhere.
Overcoming the challenges of COVID-19
Following the completion of the COVID-19 works, Morgan Sindall Construction returned to in its initial brief when it was safe to do in late summer, with work eventually completed by Christmas. Reflecting the strength of the relationship built during a turbulent time, the team was then asked to complete a series of minor capital works schemes worth an additional £5 million across the Trust’s three sites.
Nick Franklin, Morgan Sindall Construction’s operations manager for the work at the Trust, said: “Upon receiving the brief, we had to design the scope of works and commit to it being delivered by the end of March of 2021. This was not an easy task, given the wide nature of the works and the tight timeframe – but it’s something we’re set to achieve due to the diligence and commitment of our team and the great working relationship we’ve developed with the Trust during the exceptional circumstances of the past year.”
As the country looks to enter the final phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, Nick and his team are proud they were able to support the hospital during such a critical time.
Nick continued, “The NHS has demonstrated why it’s so crucial to the fabric of our country over the past year, and the work currently being delivered with the vaccine roll out is enormously impressive.
“Hopefully, as a result, we’ll soon be returning to something like normality. While we were initially brought on board just to undertake improvement works, it was a real privilege for our team at Morgan Sindall Construction to be there for the Trust during a time of great difficulty. Additionally, the further works that we have subsequently completed will result in an improved hospital experience for people across Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire and beyond for many years to come.”
Jonathan Parker, National Framework Manager at Pagabo, said: “We’re delighted to have supported the Trust with the appointment of Morgan Sindall Construction on this series of works. 2020 was a challenging year and not many industries adapted quite as well as construction did. These projects highlight the strength of our industry, with everyone from main contractors to organisations within their supply chains, coming together and continuing to meet demands, despite the various factors that made this increasingly difficult. I congratulate everyone involved in these works and look forward to seeing the benefits they will bring to staff, patients and their loved ones.”
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