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Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham

The new £550million Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham has opened it’s doors to patients for the first time. This huge construction project was designed and built using data from a huge surveying project… by stafsurv.

The original survey for the entire QE site was carried out by ourselves and covered over 120 acres of urban topography. There was a primary control network of 30 survey stations around the perimeter and along major routes through the site with an additional 140 secondary and detail stations required to complete the survey.

In addition to the main QE site, surveys were carried out at numerous remote locations throughout the Birmingham area as several departments needed re-locating due to the new hospital works. We also set out most of the road diversions, alterations and new roads as part of the enabling works package, surveyed underground tanks and tunnels, mapped buried services and produced elevations for buildings to be retained.

An independent surveying company was appointed prior to construction to carry out quality checks on the control stations and survey detail… not surprisingly their comprehensive checks did not reveal any errors in the original survey.

The main hospital building is comprised of three 63m tall 9 storey towers with a skybridge linking it to other retained buildings. It has the largest single-floor critical care unit in the world with 100 beds and will have over 1,100 beds in total.

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