Huddersfield Royal Infirmary

Client: VINCI

Value: £2m
Location: Huddersfield
Contract Period: 45 weeks
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Built in the 1960s, Huddersfield Royal Infirmary’s current Accident and Emergency department is no longer fit for purpose and is instead being replaced by a brand-new state-of-the-art extension from HRI.

The new building will house ‘majors and minors’ treatment areas, comprising 19 treatment bays in total, alongside four resuscitation bays and two x-ray rooms.

The single storey building will be open 24/7 and its ‘design life’ is estimated to last for the next 60 years.

Howard Civil Engineering has been awarded a £2m contract to deliver the groundworks on this project.

Following the successful delivery of enabling works on this scheme, work is now underway to construct the foundations of the new building, undertake the associate drainage works, and subsequently deliver the external works to the surrounding area.


  • Installation of new surface and foul water drainage to service the new extension including two large geo-cellular attenuation tanks
  • Alterations to the existing drainage system ensuring the hospital requirements are maintained, therefore requiring a significant over pumping solution
  • Underpinning to existing structures and constructing a single-sided buttress wall
  • Extensive fibre-reinforced concrete works that including a reinforced concrete perimeter wall to the building which incorporates columns to transfer the building load to the foundations
  • Diversion of existing services whilst ensuring the hospital remains fully operational with minimal disruption

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