Deanestor wins £1.3m furniture and fit out contract for new specialist critical care centre in Wales


Deanestor, one of the UK’s leading furniture and fit out specialists, has been awarded a £1.3m contract by Laing O’Rourke for the manufacture, supply and installation of furniture and fittings for the new £350m Grange University Hospital in South East Wales. The contract is Deanestor’s 17th project for Laing O’Rourke.

Deanestor will manufacture around 3,000 items of furniture for this 55,000m² hospital, including laboratory furniture, shelving, base and wall cabinets in compliance with all relevant HTMs. Its team will procure and fit more than 22,000 products for around 1,450 rooms – from mirrors and medi rails to drug cabinets and specialist catheter storage units.

Due to open early 2021 and designed by BDP, the new hospital will provide complex and critical care, serving a community of over 600,000 people. Services will include a 24-hour assessment unit to deal with all major emergencies, dedicated paediatric assessment unit, neonatal intensive care, and support services including pathology, pharmacy and radiology. The facility will be the centrepiece of a new model of care to separate emergency and specialist care from more routine hospital treatments.

Deanestor has a long-standing business relationship with Laing O’Rourke, having provided furniture and fit out services for the new Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary and is currently working on the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre – Liverpool’s first specialist cancer hospital.

Commenting on this latest project, William Tonkinson, Managing Director of Deanestor, said,

“We are delighted to be working with Laing O’Rourke on another major hospital scheme. The Grange is a fast-track project which will deliver a centre for excellence in critical and emergency care and in less than two years. We were able to provide the capacity, quality of manufacturing, compliance and logistics management to meet Laing O’Rourke’s stringent requirements and challenging programme.”

The Grange University Hospital is designed to be flexible, adaptable and expandable and to create a seamless pathway for emergency patients through diagnostics and surgery. There will be around 560 beds in total, including trolleys and cots. The design of the single bed wards will accommodate intensive nursing for acute care while giving patients privacy, dignity, rest, recovery and infection control.

Deanestor’s contract includes the manufacture of white base units with light grey laminate worktops for all the patient bedrooms, staff beverage bays and kitchenettes, and cantilever peninsular benching, worktops and adjustable shelving for around 26 pathology laboratories.

Originally established in 1948 to manufacture hospital furniture and fittings for the newly established NHS, Deanestor now has the resources and expertise to manage 5,000-room hospital projects. It has built on this success and expanded into new markets which have specific requirements for aesthetics, strength, and long-term durability. It offers bespoke design services to meet specific project requirements and is responsible for installation to provide a seamless approach for contractors and construction clients and a single point of contact.

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