Project Description

Client: Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Project Duration: 36 weeks

Project Scope:

Luton and Dunstable University Hospital are planning the development of an Acute Services Block and New Ward Block which are essential to support Maternity, Neonatology, Critical Care and Theatre services. This is planned to complete in 2024.

The Partial Redevelopment of the hospital is a major project which is taking place on a busy, operational hospital campus. Granted planning permission in March 2020, the main redevelopment project included the demolition of some existing hospital buildings.

In order to enable the creation of the new Acute Services Block and New Ward Block, the former Trust HQ and Admin Support Offices needed to be demolished. Demolition (including asbestos removal in confined spaces) and enabling work took place over eight months to clear the hospital site in preparation for the building work all during the Covid-19 pandemic and in full compliance with the NHS and government guidelines. The Luton and Dunstable University

Hospital is situated on a constrained site, landlocked within a residential area. DSM Demolition were appointed through competitive tender (Crown Commercial Services Framework which as well as being public sector has a demolition specific framework).

Project Constraints & Challenges:

  • Delivery of the works on a busy, fully operational hospital
  • Extensive asbestos removal
  • Interface with operational medical team
  • Control of environmental pollution, noise dust and vibration
  • Gaining ‘buy in’ from the hospital redevelopment team


  • No third-party stakeholder complaints were received during the course of the works
  • No downtime as a result of NHS and Government COVID-19 restrictions
  • No accidents, incidents or environmental breaches recorded