East Kent Redesign

St Martin's new inpatient unit

We have recently opened a purpose-built inpatient facility on the St Martin's Hospital site in Canterbury.

The unit has two 18 bed wards for younger adults and will be on the part of the site which was occupied by the Mount Zeehan building, demolished in May 2011. 

The new unit has been designed by Devereux Architects working closely with members of staff, service users and others in a lengthy design development process, which was completed just before Christmas 2010. 

The Canterbury City Council has granted planning consent for construction of the facilities.  The Trust’s construction partner is Kier Health.

On these pages you can view our photo diary showing the progress of the build at St Martin's.

Opening Ceremony 25th October 2012

The Trust’s construction partner, Kier, has delivered the new unit on budget, and on time. The official opening was conducted by the Lord Mayor of Canterbury Cllr Robert Waters, accompanied by the Lady Mayoress, Mrs Sally Pickersgill. Service users, carers, staff and members of the Trust Board attended the ceremony and had the opportunity to tour the new wards.

At the centre of the building’s design has been a predominance of natural light and open, airy spaces throughout, by a variety of artwork on the theme of nature. Renowned wildlife photographer, Steve Bloom, unveiled the artwork in the new unit, which has been produced by Canterbury College students following a long term partnership to develop the names and wildlife themes for the new wards.

Left to right: Lord Mayor of Canterbury Cllr Robert Waters, KMPT Chairman Andrew Ling, Regional Finance Director Kier Jackie Hunter, Activity Room, Internal Courtyard, Wall art designed by, Dining Room, Bedroom, Disabled Bathroom

Left to right: Lord Mayor of Canterbury Cllr Robert Waters, KMPT Chairman Andrew Ling, Regional Finance Director Kier Jackie Hunter, KMPT Acute Care Service Director David Tamsitt, KMPT Capital Planning and Estates Lead John Carey, Devereux architect Jason Pearson, Activity room, Central Courtyard, Wall art designed by Charlie Thompson, Dining Room, Bedroom, Disabled bathroom.

Exterior, Reception, View from Reception Desk, Family Room, Pantry, Clinical Room, Dining Room, Patient Washing Room, TV Lounge

From left to right: Exterior view, Reception, View from reception, Family room, Pantry, Clinical room, Dining room, Patient washing room, TV lounge.

Topping out Ceremony 27th April 2012

A celebratory ceremony was held in April to mark the completion of the external shell of the new inpatient facility at KMPT’s St Martin’s Hospital in Canterbury.
The ceremony was attended by the Lord Mayor of Canterbury Cllr Ian Thomas, Canterbury MP Julian Brazier, Thanet North MP Sir Roger Gale, staff from KMPT and their project partners and service users and carers.

Speaking at the ceremony, Trust Chairman Andrew Ling said,” When I first arrived at the Trust in October I was shown round the site and saw what was little more than a few steel girders and lots of mud at the time and we therefore have to say the progress to get us to where we are today has been fantastic. I cannot wait to be here in a few months’ time to see the unit open and for it to be staffed ready to provide high quality mental health services to those who need them.”

topping out ceremony

April 2012

With the structure of the external envelope nearing completion, a new activity on site which is visible from the hospital grounds is the installation of the windows and curtain walling. Within the building, the layout of the wards is taking shape with the installation of the partitioning. Distribution pipework, ventilation ducts and cable trays are being installed and mechanical and electrical 1st fix items are now underway.

Unfortunately the snow and freezing weather has caused delay to Kier’s progress and thwarted their attempts to fully mitigate the previous delay from the late delivery of the roof decking. Further mitigation measures are in place and progress is being monitored over the next couple of months to see if any impact on the completion date can be minimised.

The Topping out Ceremony, held to commemorate this milestone in the construction of a building, will take place on Friday 27th April.

The Kier Team at St Martin’s headed by Site Manager Gareth Mascall has been awarded the Kier Construction annual Safety, Health & Environment Project & Team Trophy for 2011. This is in recognition of consistently high standards implemented and maintained on site. 

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January 2012

Kier have been progressing well and slightly ahead of their contract programme on the construction of the new wards. The building is now out of the ground, the steel frame has been completed and external walls are being built. Unfortunately, prior to Christmas, there was a delay on the delivery of roof decking to site and Kier are now concentrating on trying to recover the time lost. They are bringing forward other trades to try and mitigate the delay but are at the mercy of the weather at this time of year.

Kier have now been instructed to bring forward the completion of one of the bedrooms and its en-suite. This “Accelerated Room” will be available for viewing from 1 June 2012 and will allow the Trust to see what the finished room will be like.

The St Martin’s Project Group is on target for finalising the items in the new build which the Trust are responsible for. This includes art-work, internal signage, IT and Telephony, Equipment, Staff Training and Cleaning.

The photos below show the progress on site in January 2012.


October 2011

The photos below show the progress of the build on the St Martin's site.

Progress of the build on the St Martin's site

The demolition of Mount Zeehan was part of the enabling works – known as Phase 3 of the P21 contract with Kier. Following SHA confirmation of funding KMPT have entered into a contract with Kier to deliver phase 4. Construction and this work commenced on site on 1 August 2011. 

The contract completion date for the new wards is 24 September 2012 with an operational date of 5 November 2012. This gives the Trust time to fit out, clean, commission the building and under gone training in the building before the patients move in.

Work is currently being carried out to develop a Client Brief for Phase 2 comprising the refurbishment of Anselm as a Female Ward. Philippa MacDonald is the Project Manager for this work and is working with the service users to agree the scope of work. It is anticipated the works will be completed to tie in with the completion of the new wards.

The weather at this time of year has been kind to us and Kier are progressing well on site, with reduced level dig and drainage nearly completed and the steel frame up. The pre cast concrete ground floor slabs are currently being laid and the construction is two weeks ahead of programme.

The Art Group is currently liaising with Canterbury College with a view to providing artwork for the new wards. In addition we are taking the opportunity to work together to develop a working partnership to the benefit of both organisations, which brings students into St Martin’s and service users into the community via workshops, exhibitions, projects and other art initiatives to help promote community relationships and awareness.

All the Planning conditions have now been discharged by Canterbury City Council with the exception of those which are part of the construction process and discharge is not achieved until the construction is complete.

The project is registered under the Considerate Contractor’s Scheme and as part of this, Kier and KMPT are keen to promote awareness on site as to what is happening behind the hoarding. A vision panel is available at the pedestrian entrance to the site and a story board outlining the activities on site is included. Photographs and progress information is included on the KMPT notice boards – two inside St Martin’s (one at each end of the site) and one in Arundel.

However if you would like a site visit to view activity and progress on site, this can be arranged by contacting Adrian Lowther on 01732 520411. Kier are happy to carry out these pre-arranged site visits. If you have a meeting arranged at St Martin’s you may like to think about including a site visit on your Agenda.

Considerate Contractor's Scheme

The Considerate Contractors Scheme is used by the construction industry to ensure compliance in a variety of areas. Each site is monitored against a code of practice to encourage the best possible practice beyond statutory requirements.

The site earned a score of 35.5 meaning it is classified as “a very good site”, and is well above the score needed for compliance with the scheme’s code at 24 points. The average score of 31 points was also exceeded. The results recognise that the site has taken measures to achieve above the satisfactory level of compliance.

BREEAM Excellent Rating

The design for the new wards at St Martin's Hospital have been awarded a BREEAM rating of Excellent.

BREEAM is the world's foremost environmental assessment method and rating system for buildings, with 200,000 buildings with certified BREEAM assessment ratings and over a million registered for assessment since it was first launched in 1990.

BREEAM sets the standard for best practice in sustainable building design, construction and operation and has become one of the most comprehensive and widely recognised measures of a building's environmental performance.

April 2011

The following photos show the preparation work that has taken place on the St Martin's site before the demolition of the Mount Zeehan building.

Above: Trees are removed.

Above: Bird boxes go up.

Above: Mount Zeehan is secured to make sure bats and birds are not left in the building when it is demolished. An ecologist installs the bat boxes on Mount Zeehan to deter bats from nesting there. These will help deter birds from nesting as well.