Choosing A Hospital Roofing Contractor
Choosing a Hospital Roofing Contractor
We’ve been asked by many clients within the medical sector, what makes a suitable roofing contractor? And how do they ensure they are choosing a roofing contractor that is able to manage projects on medical facilities.
Medical and Hospital roofing and refurbishment projects present many additional challenges. Not only are you normally working on an occupied building regularly frequented by staff and the public. But in many cases you will find yourself working above millions of pounds worth of state of the art machinery, machinery instrumental to people’s lives.
Therefore it is critical, that the approach, experience and understanding of the chosen contractor is taken into consideration prior to any project commences.
Whilst there a huge number of factors to consider when choosing a Hospital roofing contractor, we’ve outlined a couple key points below:
The Hospital continues to work as normal:
The NHS is stretched as it is, and you need to ensure that the contractor you work with ensures there will be no disruption to services.
All necessary Health and Safety measure to ensure access to clinics, buildings and public walkways remain unaffected. Projects need to be tailored to work around the functionality of the hospital and adaptability of the contractor is critical, to adapt to internal changes common with medical establishments.
Prior to any project starting thorough understanding of all H&S measures need to be shared, discussed and agree. Experience working on highly trafficked sites is vital.
Experience & expertise
As we touched on above, working on Hospitals has many challenges. Hospital roofs are littered with AC units, Pipework, Tanks Rooms, Roof Lights, Extraction Units etc, and working with contractors who have experience in this sector is key.
In addition experience roofing contractors will have experience working with intern stakeholders, and understand how the departments below operate, and most important what to do, to ensure they remain fully operational.
So it’s critical that your chosen contractor has previous experience working within this sector, and is not only aware of the challenges, but methods and processes in place to manage them.
Working budgets, offering cost effective solutions & taking a long term view
In the UK, the majority of our medical buildings are within the public sector, and budgets have for many a year been stretched thin. In many cases taking action on roofing projects prior to leaks / longer terms damage occurs, will always enable significantly more cost effective solutions. Simply put, a flat roof in an acceptable condition to be overlaid could still give you a further 20-30 years, but cost 50% less in than having to strip it up, insulate and waterproof.
Many reputable contractors and manufacturers offer a roof surveying service, as do we, more info on this can be found here.
We have found over the years with medical buildings that budget constraints have resulted in a more reactive, rather than proactive approach to refurbishment projects. However “a stitch in time, saves nine” and will save significantly on project costs. So finding a contractor who can offer impartial investigative works will offer one of the most valuable services out there and if implemented correctly be the most valuable approach taken.
If you are in the process of planning and major roofing and refurbishment works, or seeking further advice on the condition of any medical buildings, we are always on hand to share our expertise.