Tent protects hospital construction project

By Lucy Dixon
A Danish hospital construction project is using a giant tent to protect the site from adverse weather conditions. ”The weather is an unknown fact...

A Danish hospital construction project is using a giant tent to protect the site from adverse weather conditions.

”The weather is an unknown factor, which makes it difficult to plan a construction in Denmark. Everything stops for approximately 40 days each year, due to rain and wind. We will get a more reliable time schedule as well as securing a better working environment for the construction staff,” said Vice President for Construction and Contractors, Carsten Nyboe, from New Hospital and Mental Health Bispebjerg.

Instead of tower cranes, an overhead crane will be placed on tracks under the roof of the tent. It will be used to mount the concrete elements. ”You can’t operate a normal tower crane in strong wind. This causes delays and extra costs for the project. I also hope that this will make the construction more tolerable for the neighbours as we will keep all the floodlights, dust and noise, within the tent. Tower cranes look impressive on the horizon but it is no fun to live next door to them,” said Nyboe.

The tent will stay for about a year, until the new building is sealed. During the construction the progress will be documented through photos and people will be invited inside to have a look. This makes it possible to follow what is going on even though the building site is a closed off area. The topping out ceremony will also take place within the tent.

The tent for the project will be delivered by SiteCover. A similar solution was used by Novo Nordisk at the construction of a large auditorium in Måløv north of Copenhagen. But the solution is still relatively new in the construction business.

”We are constructing a building for medical research and the demand for quality is very high. The cover also enables the installation work and the electrical work to start earlier. This makes it possible to have a shorter construction time frame and thereby a cost reduction for the building site. We will be evaluating the business case thoroughly but I am convinced that it will be worthwhile in the long run,” said Nyboe.

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