On behalf of Cardiff & Vale University Heath Board (C&V UHB), Cambria have been appointed by Willmott Dixon Construction (WDC) to provide Civil and Structural Consultant Engineering Services for the proposed Cardiff Royal Infirmary (CRI) – Safeguarding (CRISG), Health & Wellbeing Centre (CRIHW), MEP Infrastructure Upgrade (CRIMI) project(s). This scheme is being delivered through the Designed for Life Framework: Building for Wales NHS framework.
The CRI building consists of 14 interconnected blocks all constructed at different stages. It is understood the original part of the CRI site originated c. 1822 and expanded to the current main building in 1883. Several other blocks and addon structures have been added (and some subsequently demolished) over the last couple of decades.
This Grade II listed hospital site presents a complex inter-action of constraints and opportunities. The original buildings are part of a densely developed complex of buildings that have been added to (and some demolished) over time, with several interconnected blocks of varying storeys and addons. Many of the blocks have largely stood vacant since 1996. Some refurbishment works have been undertaken under previous phases but there are still large unutilised blocks throughout
A conservation and development plan was prepared, and a steering group formed, which identified a heritage footprint of the most significant listed buildings for retention and other less significant addons for demolition to make way for the new development.