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Progress Update: Highgate Mental Health Centre, Ward Alterations

Procure Partnerships Framework Contractor Partners Cosmur are working on a programme of Alteration and Refurbishment works at Highgate Mental Health Centre, on behalf of framework users Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust.

This £3m Healthcare Project was procured via the Procure Partnerships London Framework with Cosmur appointed under a two stage call-off procedure. The project is currently being monitored via Compliance Chain.

Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest providers of mental health services in London. Because of this, there is a greater need for additional facilities within the area to accommodate patients.

Over three floors of the Highgate Mental Health Centre, Cosmur will upgrade nine existing wards to facilitate the relocation of services from St Pancras Hospital and the establishment of a new Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit. There are six new patient rooms, enhanced clinical spaces, treatment rooms, drug dispensing areas, and sensory rooms.

Additionally, there has been mechanical and electrical services upgrades, keeping services operational for the occupied areas, and specialist fittings such as anti-ligature fixtures and furnishings.

Cosmur have ensured minimal disruption to patients and staff despite working in a live hospital environment. Site Managers have communicated daily with the centre representatives, providing information on the planned works for the day and adopting appropriate construction methods like noise suppressing / cancelling equipment, acoustic barriers, and dust separation screens.

The delivery team also developed an agreed phasing plan in line with the operational requirements of the health centre, with most disruptive works completed out of hours.

Ali Rostami, Contracts Manager at Cosmur, commented: “Healthcare projects are always challenging and this being a live facility requires much more pre-planning and coordination with the hospital representatives along with keeping our programme flexible to the needs of the centre. Our team is progressing well and is on track, the team is sensitive towards minimising disruption and accommodating works as per the centres usage patterns and decanting requirements” w

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