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University Hospital Monklands Operating Theatre and New Intensive Care Units

Refurbishment of the existing operating theatre suites and the development of the new £10 million Intensive Care facility.
Refurbished Monklands ICU with medical equipment and reception



Airdrie, United Kingdom


Graham Construction



Cundall provided multi-disciplinary services at Monklands Hospital. Work was carried out in a live environment, with careful consideration given to phasing to maintain the full existing theatre capacity. Each service had to develop new and innovative ways to work to enable the hospital to operate without intrusion.

The project required the complete replacement of all infrastructure to support the theatres including the ventilation systems, medical gases, uninterruptible power supplies, isolated power supplies, lighting, domestic water services etc. Air handling units were connected to the necessary infrastructure to allow for continual operation as each theatre or clinical space was refurbished.

Graham Thomson, Associate Director commented, "A key requirement was keeping six of the seven theatres up-and-running at any one time. We created a roof top scheme with minimal intrusion to avoid interrupting the hospitals operations and theatres."

Key fact

The new intensive care unit is a stand-alone structure with a link bridge to the newly refurbished theatres block.


Key fact

It was discovered that mine workings had only been grouted to the adjacent buildings, meaning the ground minerally was unstable.


Graham sat in a pale shirt with grey suit jacket and brown tie smiling at the camera.

Graham Thomson

Associate Director, Building Services

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The main structural challenge for the theatres’ refurbishment was to accommodate the extensive new plant on the roof.



Refurbishment Project of the Year

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