Artelia’s healthcare team has recently overseen the installation of the new Neech Link Bridge at Epsom Hospital for Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust. The new bridge is an important project for the hospital, designed to improve the patient experience and efficiency for staff, as it will serve as a passageway to transit patients smoothly to and from acute hospital facilities. The bridge forms part of a wider project to refurbish the hospital’s Langley Wing and relocate New Epsom and Ewell Community Hospital (NEECH) and The Poplars, neuro-rehabilitation centre, from West Park on Horton Lane to Epsom General Hospital.
The main hospital road was closed off early on a Saturday morning to set up the bridge execution zone and rig the crane. The bridge was constructed offsite and bought to site early morning and two main support posts were installed on either side of the road on piled foundations. The main frame section was then lifted into place.
Everything went smoothly and we were able to complete the works a full day ahead of plan – reopening the road for vehicular and pedestrian traffic on Saturday night.
Consideration for clinics that remained operational at weekends was key. By communicating the programme early on and carefully planning public access points, patients and staff were able to carry on as planned.
Thank you to Willmott Dixon Interiors for the timelapse showing the install. View it here.