CMYA 2021 – Healthcare

CMYA 2021 winner: Marc Burton MCIOB – Garenne Construction Group

Garenne Construction Group’s Marc Burton took the overall construction manager of the year award for his role in building Jersey’s Nightingale hospital.

Project: Jersey General Hospital – Nightingale Wing
Scope: Construction of 180-bed field hospital, completed in four weeks
Client: Government of Jersey
Contract: NEC 3, option E (cost-reimbursable)
Value: £6.6m

Build a fully functional 180-bed hospital in just 25 days? Pre-Covid, laughter might have been the likely response, but for Marc Burton, along with the whole island of Jersey, the urgency was entirely justified. Marc’s expertise and ability to galvanise the island’s construction sector saw the completed building handed over, significantly under budget, after just 25 days on site. The excellence of Marc’s achievement was recognised by the award of an MBE.

Highly commended

Peter Sharpe  Laing O’Rourke, Grange University Hospital, Cwmbran

Speaking about his MBE, Marc said: “Whilst this is a personal award, this project was truly a team effort and I really must say thank you to a fantastic team, which saw Jersey’s construction industry pull together and work collaboratively with many government departments.”

It was Marc’s extensive local knowledge that made this scheme so successful. With local lockdown creating an available pool of 6,000 construction workers on the island, he knew that site labour would not present a risk. But he also realised the need for the innovative approach of competing suppliers working collaboratively. No single local company was able to cover all of a specific trade task. Five floor-laying companies had to work together to install the vinyl in 24 hours, and it was a similar story for carpenters, service contractors and so on.

Top: Aerial view of the completed Jersey Nightingale. Above: construction of the the interior

No local subcontractors had ever done this before, but the process ended up being hugely successful and has given local trades the confidence to work together on future large projects. The same spirit of innovation was demonstrated by Marc’s prefabrication of all the MEP bed modules off site in Jersey, using the experience in his own team to pass on new knowledge to a local supply chain unversed in the processes.

Other finalists

Stephen Harnett MCIOB  Willmott Dixon, The Tessa Jowell Health Centre, London
Martin James  Willmott Dixon, Transitional Care Unit – Singleton Hospital, Swansea
Andy Shepherd MCIOB  Kier Construction, Lighthouse Labs, Plymouth
Adam Watts  Vinci Construction, Royal Preston Hospital Critical Care Unit

With other UK Nightingales and surge centres also under construction or in planning at the time, creating competition for materials, Marc used the Manchester Nightingale being built by Garenne’s UK partner company as his template. He placed orders for key items in the first 72 hours of getting the project go-ahead, and shrank design time by reproducing much of the Manchester layout and specification.

Right from the start, when he came up with the key greenfield location for the site rather than the conference centres typically used for the UK Nightingales, Marc took hold of this project and made it work. The rotunda design of Jersey’s own conference centre site option would have been inefficient and required much more remedial work, compared with Marc’s greenfield site.

The land, which was owned by an old client of his who concluded the deal in less than an hour, met all the location criteria, including being no more than four minutes from the main hospital.

Silver: Vince Kesterton MCIOB – Tilbury Douglas

Project: The Birmingham Nightingale
Scope: Construction of emergency hospital, completed in four weeks.
Client: University Hospitals Birmingham and NHS
Contract: NEC3

On this mission impossible to build a hospital with 800 critical care beds in a month, Vince Kesterton leveraged 30 years of experience delivering high-value healthcare projects. His coordination, sequencing and communication triggered an excellent response from his supply chain, delivering not just the facility, but also excellent quality and programme.

He brought the innovation and nimbleness badly needed on such a fast-track scheme, finding alternatives and solutions to protect the project budget. The client’s project manager declared it “the best example of teamwork I’ve ever known, and I’ve worked in the health service since 1979”.

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