Southmead Hospital, Bristol

Southmead Hospital, Bristol

Client: Carillion
Type of works: supply of security systems and a workforce management solution

Carillion builds £430m Southmead Hospital with the Help of Human Recognition Systems and MSite a biometric workforce management solution.
Work is now well underway on the third phase of the impressive new Southmead super hospital which is being built in Bristol. Carillion one of the UK leading construction companies secured financial close of the £430m project in February 2010 and has subsequently completed phase one and two with the support of Human Recognition systems and MSite.

Carillion aim to complete the project on time and on budget, with the assistance of MSite, the UK’s leading biometric access control and workforce management solution from Human Recognition Systems. The system has been deployed on the Southmead Project to ensure that all employees have the correct credentials and accreditation to be on site through a series of reports including access and attendance, CSCS accreditation and Health and safety. The project team have also opted to take the MSite Environment module which allows them to report against locally sourced labour and travel to site carbon emissions supporting them to achieve compliance with BREEAM commitments.

Working in conjunction with Carillion, HRS have added some bespoke elements to the core functionality of MSite to ensure that the project team can meet the tight deadlines and report effectively and efficiently against project KPI’s. A requirement of the project was the need to have a series of muster points around the perimeter for mass evacuation of the site in case of an emergency. HRS designed the muster point reporting module which combines card readers installed at site egress points with the MSite software allowing each site operative to swipe a card as they exit site and a live report was provided back to site showing who was yet to leave site, which is then provided to the emergency services for full site evacuation and search procedures.

HRS have also managed to address site concerns regarding the large number of enrolments for up to 2,000 employees by adding pre-enrolment to the MSite solution. Pre-Site Enrolment provides the capability for sub-contractors to log onto an online portal and pre-register all their worker details before presenting themselves to site. The contractor will then take them through the site specific induction. The benefit of this is a significant reduction in time spent enrolling people onto the system, eliminating queues and enabling workers onto site faster, and reducing the operational people requirements to induct the workers.

Nick Wilkinson, Construction business unit manager at HRS, commented “The Southmead project has been in progress for some time and the installation of MSite with the additional upgrades on phase three is the culmination of 18 months consultation with Carillion. The challenges faced by Carillion on this project were largely dictated by the scale of site and a number of requirements were not available in the marketplace. It is only through aligning the site teams appetite to innovate with the considerable expertise of the HRS team in breaking new ground that all requirements have been met.”

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