Blog: Project of the Year +£10m SECBE Awards 2019 finalist - EAC, Wexham Park

02 May 2019

sponsored by Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield

Emergency Assessment Centre, Wexham Park Hospital - submitted by Kier Construction

This project involved the construction of a new, four storey, emergency department and assessment wards at Wexham Park Hospital. The layout provides comprehensive patient care in a single building to avoid moving patients long distances across the site, which is how the hospital currently operates. The Emergency Assessment Centre (EAC) also provides single rooms for patients which upgrade existing facilities and contribute to the hospital’s current undersupply of single rooms.

This logistically challenging scheme was delivered four weeks early, under budget, with client satisfaction of 9/10 and end-users 100% satisfied. Health and Safety was exceptional with Zero RIDDOR incidents and 112K Accident Free Man Hours. The project won Kier coveted SHE ‘Silver Helmet’ award. It scored CCS 45/50, with outstanding marks in all five CCS categories. Wexham Park Hospital also won a Kier Quality Award, and achieved the design stage BREEAM Rating of ‘Excellent’.


They achieved the design stage BREEAM Rating of ‘Excellent’ and are on track to achieve construction stage BREEAM Excellent:

  • A contamination strategy and material management plan included reusing all the TPH contaminated materials on site
  • Diverted approximately 12000 cubic metres of contaminated soil from landfill
  • Recycled 50 tonnes of timber by partnering with the National wood recycling scheme
  • Targets were set to monitor the water use and carbon dioxide emissions during construction
  • Local labour and staff were used where possible to cut the journeys to site and enhance the local economy

Social Value and Community Engagement

Several Local Community events were held during preconstruction and construction phases to engage the community. This included ground breaking and topping-off ceremonies attended by clinicians, local council and members of local community. They also facilitated a weekly walk around for hospital staff for nine months during construction phase.

They took part in Big Biodiversity Challenge by enhancing Wexham woodland. The project was ‘Highly Commended’ in the associated Awards' community engagement category.

The project also participated in ‘Shaping Your World campaign’.  


  • Use of prefabricated MEPH corridor modules to fast track MEPH installation and ensure factory quality site services - benefits included a 30% reduction in first fix programme duration and labour levels being reduced by 50%.
  • “Improve patient outcomes, whilst reducing the cost of construction through standardisation” - this included the evidence based and experience grounded Repeatable Rooms. Kier worked with BDP, sharing the Post Occupancy Evaluation and outcomes, using the award-winning Lilac as a ward template for development and finessing the scheme, connecting design with operational efficiencies and staff and patient outcomes.
  • Departmental proximities were designed to reduce the staff and patient travel distances to increase efficiencies
  • VR with BIM model was used to create fly throughs before starting fitout


Due to excellent performance on this project, the client awarded Kier a New £20m Diagnostics Project at Frimley Park Hospital and requested the current team deliver the construction phase of their new £63m Heatherwood Hospital.


  • EAC, once operational, will be among one of the biggest emergency departments in the UK. The project will help Frimley NHS Trust to meet the future demands, increase resource efficiency, reduce delays for patients, create better patient experience of the services, improve working environment for staff, increase ability to meet operational standards and financial sustainability. The improved service in state-of-the-art accommodation will help to reduce backlog maintenance costs and upgrade the stock of in-patient beds on site by vacating the present AMU and SAU and ambulatory care locations, reducing carbon emissions and achieving ‘excellent’ BREEAM rating.
  • The project was completed ahead of schedule despite a significant change instructed during construction phase.
  • The project was delivered approx. £700,000 below Guaranteed maximum price, all due to effective risk management and efficiencies during construction phase.

For more details:

Visit Kier Construction.

The SECBE 2019 Building Project of the Year over £10m Award is sponsored by Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield.

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