Homerton University Hospital

Plant Removal

Client: Homerton University Hospital NHS Trust
Project: Boiler and M & E Plant Removal
Location: Homerton University Hospital, London
Brief Description

KpH worked in partnership with Balfour Beatty Engineering Services Ltd in the decommissioning and removal of the Steam Heating System at Homerton Hospital.  The scope of works consisted of the removal of all pumps, booster pumps, pressurisation units, air and dirt separator, 4no. steam boilers, control panels and associated wiring, softening plant, salt store, water tanks, hot well tanks, blow down vessel, chemical treatment plant, chlorine dosing units, flues, potable water tanks, oil and fuel pumps, diesel and fuel tanks (2 x 100,000ltrs), Plate Heat Exchangers, control valves, dosing units, water heaters, shell and tube heat exchangers, calorifiers, cylinders and meters.

Scope of Works

The Steam Heating System spanned 11 plant rooms throughout the hospital all of which had to remain in service throughout the works.  BBESL installed temporary steam boilers to allow the removal of the existing steam boilers in a phased programme of works, this allowed the deconstruction of the aforementioned plant.

KpH faced many challenges throughout the project due to the location of the plant room and the requirement to remove heavy plant. In addition there was restricted working space, with plant having to be removed from around live services, and tight timescales to remove the plant during short shut down periods to enable the new equipment to be commissioned ensuring a limited down time for the hospital. Flexibility and adapting to changes in sequencing was key to delivering this project successfully.

Health & Safety was of paramount importance having to work in such a sensitive and at times extreme environment. We utilised an experienced team to deconstruct the plant with safe systems of work and good communication throughout to deliver a controlled, safe project for the client.