Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital (Continued Works), Exeter

Emergency Department Reconfiguration

WWA provided Quantity Surveying services for the refurbishment of the Emergency Department to improve occupancy levels. This incorporated creating two additional examination rooms and upgrades to the fixtures, fittings and equipment. A contractor has been appointed and works are planned to start on site in Autumn 2020.

Medical Triage Unit

WWA provided Quantity Surveying services with the refurbishment of the Medical Triage Unit to alleviate pressure on the Emergency Department. WWA has worked closely with the Trust to gain funding approval and subsequently negotiate the works contract under within challenging time scales. The works have been completed on time and to budget.

Residences Redevelopment (Feasibility)

Feasibility for the refurbishment of staff and student residences. The existing facilities were originally built in the 1960s and the 200 bed, 15 building unit requires significant modernisation and structural repairs. The team is currently working with the Trust to understand the cost of refurbishment versus replacement. Once an option has been agreed, WWA will work with the trust to secure the necessary funding.

Exeter Nightingale Hospital

Reconfiguration of an ex-Homebase retail unit to provide 120 intensive care beds in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The project was completed with BAM using the P22 framework, over a three month construction period. The Contract was in effect cost reimbursable, which has meant an extremely intensive period working with BAM to agree their defined costs.

Energy Centre Infrastructure

Replacement of the Trust’s 2nr back-up supply generators with three new units, to improve reliability and resilience. The works also include reconfiguration the existing plant areas and upgrading the incoming electrical supply to the site. The project has been procured within budget and is due to commence on site in Autumn 2020. Due to the phasing requirements associated with working in an occupied site (and ensuring sufficient resilience is maintained to clinic areas), the works are being completed over two calendar years.

Project Management Secondment

In order to bolster their existing Estates team, we have seconded a Project Manager into the Trust’s team during peak periods. Their input primarily has centred on ‘getting projects to site’, primarily in producing the required feasibility and approvals documents (including Business Cases), and managing the design team through to tender.

MyCare IT System Roll-Out

We provided cost management input in relation to the works required to enable the Trust’s implementation of the MyCare IT system (which enables patient records to be stored online, improving accessibility and reducing overheads associated with hard-copy file storage). The works, therefore, centred on upgrading the Trusts IT infrastructure to accommodate the system, which necessitated liaison with every department in the hospital. The works were completed in line with the budget.

Retail & IT Suites

The works centred on infilling parts of two courtyards to provide retail space on the ground floor, and IT training space on the first floor. Logistics played a key part in this project; because of the inability to crane materials over existing, occupied areas. All materials had to be brought to the site through the hospital itself (by using small electrical dumpers and the like). We worked closely with the contractor to resolve any costs associated with disruption and delays, and the project was concluded in line with the budget.

Intensive Care Project
The project centres on the reconfiguration of an existing ward to provide a new intensive care ward, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The works are in the process of being designed under the remit of the P22 Framework and are due to commence imminently. Owing to challenging programme constraints, the Contract will be let on the basis of a target price, requiring close liaison with the contractor to agree with their actual, defined costs.

PEOC AHU Project
The project comprises the replacement of 5nr air handling units which currently serve the Trusts’ Orthopaedic operating theatres. Given the theatres must remain in use for as much time as possible (owing to a backlog of surgeries), the works have been phased to ensure supplies are retained at all times, other than for ventilation change-overs.



Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust


Quantity Surveying, Project Management