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Enhancing patient care with future-proof planning

Leeds Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust approached I&G to complete the well-needed upgrade to facilities for enhanced patient care with future-proof planning.

They asked I&G to complete a programme of remodelling and refurbishment works to four cardiac catheter lab suites at Leeds General Infirmary. This forms part of a three-year programme which also includes upgrading the mechanical and electrical infrastructure to the latest HTM and BGN-compliant standards for best practice in healthcare engineering.

The improved labs will allow practitioners to use up-to-date methods of specialist treatment which will enhance patient care.

The works

The cardiac catheter suite of work is pioneered to be adaptable to future needs with the upgrade of building services and systems to feed through the new riser to form a complete working solution.

Mechanical and electrical service updates were integral for each lab to service the medical and anaesthetic gas system, with control panels feeding into system control as part of the building management system for intelligent control and monitoring. With future planning in mind, the upgrades will allow for future developments with technological advancement.

The newly completed catheter lab is fitted with an operating theatre, with adjoining examination, tech and control rooms to support the cardiovascular team and operations with precision monitoring.

Works included :

  • Soft strip of the existing lab and demolition works to existing walls
  • Installation of new lead lined partition walls and specialist doors
  • Core drilled services fire sealed and acoustic barriers to noise control requirements
  • Installation of new suspended ceiling to isolated areas
  • Floor sawing, cable rerouting and medical gas works installation to service the specialist medical equipment
  • All outlets, fixings, wall, floor and ceiling penetrations have suitable lead lined backing and X-ray shielding to ensure that no radiation can penetrate the walls
  • Adapting and reinforcing existing structures for steelwork support for the installation of the new ceiling mounted Philips specialist medical equipment

The Challenges

I&G worked closely with the trust to ensure the phasing and sequencing strategy allowed the upgrade to be undertaken with minimal impact and disruption to a live operational department. By maintaining live communication with the clinical team, we were able to:

  • Ensure live working areas were sealed so no dust and other residue could escape into live patient areas and nearby sensitive recovery wards
  • Sensitive moving of equipment and plant for the mechanical upgrade were undertaken out of hours to ensure day to day operations could take place
  • Keeping essential service isolations and temporary service connections whilst construction work is underway
  • Always coordinated emergency 24/7 access to the lab suites


  • Site access, scaffolding wrapped around the outside of the building, over the top of the emergency services, successfully managed to allow for the day-to-day works to carry on as normal
  • Logistical access via the external facade: scaffolding structure wrapped around the building with lifting hoist overhead of emergency services – successfully sequenced for access of goods and services through a 2-meter by 2-meter opening.

The Results

local suppliers used
local labour force
safety managed

All four laboratories have been remodelled and refurbished as part of the suite of upgrades, with two more laboratory upgrades to follow within Jubilee Wing.

The finished labs are a huge improvement on the previous ones, equipped with new imaging equipment, theatre control room with electrical infrastructure and plant update to future-proof and enhance services for patient care in an environment for 21st century healthcare.

The improved labs have made way for more modern, specialist equipment to allow the hospital to enhance patient care