NHS bridge Novus refurbishmentNovus Property Solutions has helped reconnect two parts of the site at Royal Stoke University Hospital with an extensive elevated walkway repair project.


Situated over a busy site road, the bridge provides a vital connection between Clinical Education Centre (CEC) and Lyme Building at the University Hospitals of North Midlands hospital but was rusting and in a state of disrepair.


Novus operatives from Stoke operations started repair works to the bridge in October 2016. Its location required implementation of a fully encapsulated scaffold to provide both a safe place for Novus operatives to work and protect the general public throughout the project. In addition, the team also factored in a comprehensive road and traffic plan, as well as a pedestrian diversion for the project’s duration.


The three-month works began with the removal of the existing lighting from the bridge, which was sent away to be refurbished and fitted with new LED lighting.


Though not designed to be painted, the level of rust to the bridge meant that it was breaking down, therefore in order to protect it and prevent further decay Novus operatives repainted the structure after repair works were completed. The operatives applied a high performance anti-corrosion paint in blue satin finish from RUST-OLEUM, which is designed to offer long-lasting protection against corrosion class C4.


Also in need of repair was the walkway surface, which was blasted before being treated with a highly durable anti-slip finish.


Works to the newly improved bridge were completed in January 2017 and mean that staff and visitors to Royal Stoke University Hospital will be able to safely pass between CEC and the Lyme Lower Building for years to come.


Adam Beech, estates officer at Royal Stoke University hospital said “Novus carried out works to a superb standard on what was a very challenging project given the bridge’s location over a busy road.


“This potentially disruptive project for the hospital has been very well co-ordinated by Novus operatives who worked in a sensitive manner throughout in order to provide staff, patients and visitors with a safe walkway.”


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