Royal Berkshire Hospital

Client:  The Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust

Location:  Reading

Description of Work:  Mechanical & Electrical Works

Duration:  Feb 2013 – On-going


In February 2013 following a short tender process WBS embarked on a programme in conjunction with RBH & Parsons Brinckerhoff for the Provision of Upgrading & Improvements to the Royal Berkshire Hospital Building Engineering works over a five year period to an expected value of some £750k per annum for the combined M&E works.


Wessex Building Services has been awarded the contract on the basis of a Measured Term Contract with the expectation that over 5 years we could carry out M&E works to the value of over £3m.

Electrically the first object has been to carry out a visual inspection and survey of the complete hospital electrical installation in preparation for carrying out the complete electrical testing of the buildings to produce an Electrical Installation Condition Reports. The second objective has been to affect remedial works and changes to the general installation and to update the Mains Switchgear for future expansion.

Mechanically we are currently carrying out refurbishment works to Steam lines, installation of Air Condition Units, Fresh Air Ductwork and the installation of Heat Exchangers along with the general maintenance to the Undercrofts.

Following on from the excellent work WBS have recently done, they have been awarded additional works at the hospital which include M&E Services to Redlands Theatres, including wards & operating theatres, project to be completed by December and Mechanical & Ventilation Services to Maternity Delivery Suite & Day Assessment Unit to be completed by February 2015.

They have also been given an order for the installation of a new mains panel at the hospital, which will require a lot of co-ordination and the engineers will be working unusual hours to get the projects completed on time.

Philip Holmes, Director of Estates and Facilities and Shelia Ladds, Planning & Business Continuity Manager both commented that they were very pleased with the progress and the works carried out in the South and the Maternity Blocks with no un-planned disruptions. Other comments have been received as to the high standard of workmanship particularly the ICU ventilation installation recently installed.