Going: The front of the old hospital is demolished to make way for the new development, expected to be completed in 2014 at a cost of $247 million. *Photo by Kageaki Smith
Going: The front of the old hospital is demolished to make way for the new development, expected to be completed in 2014 at a cost of $247 million. *Photo by Kageaki Smith
THURSDAY, MAR. 10: The front of the old hospital was demolished today to make room for its replacement.

Demolition started at 11am but work on the rear of the building began earlier this week.

It is expected to take six weeks to raze the old building plus another two to clear the rubble from the site.

Some architectural features such as column capitals, plaques and a centre crest have been preserved and placed into storage.

Dust

Before demolition, windows and air conditioners in other buildings next to the site were secured and sealed.

A water-misting machine is to be used throughout the demolition to keep dust down.

A covered walkway to the entrance of the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital (KEMH) Continuing Care Unit has also been built.

Ahead of the demolition the hospital’s infection prevention and control department assessed the building to identify any risks to Paget Health Services.

This consortium of Bermudian and international businesses has been chosen as the contractor for the $247 million redevelopment.

The new hospital is being built in a Public Private Partnership between the Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB)/ Government and private companies.

It is expected to be completed in 2014. 

Paget Health Services will design, build and then maintain the hospital for the next 30 years.

The development includes 90 single-occupancy ensuite patient rooms, a day surgery unit, ambulatory care facilities, diagnostic imaging, diabetes services, and a new accident and emergency department.

The project aims to improve healthcare standards and facilities, and also meet requirements for new technology. During construction, KEMH will remain fully operational.

The new hospital is being constructed around existing buildings on the same site.

Government is inviting Bermudians to bid to BCM McAlpine for work on various parts of the construction process.

For more information go to the BHB website at www.bermudahospitals.bm.