Newcastle NHS Foundation Trust




Tolent has completed multiple projects for the NHS Foundation Trust at the Freeman Hospital to the value of over £5.5m, including most recently the relocation of the Health Protection Agency laboratories and offices.

The project included the relocation of the Health Protection Agency laboratories through the construction of a two-storey vertical extension to the existing Cadaver Laboratory.The works comprised the construction of the superstructure of the laboratory and office block, which was approximately 22.18 x 11.73m on plan and 7.5m high. The superstructure consisted of a steel frame with concrete slab floors. The external walls were facing brick cavity construction to match the existing with external doors and windows.

The project included the full building fit out including all fixtures, fittings and furniture. All works were carried out within the bounds of the Freeman Hospital in a live, sensitive environment with the adjoining buildings remaining fully operational throughout the construction works.

In order to mitigate disruption to the hospital we amended our working hours to commence from 6am, which enabled any noisy works, such as drilling and demolition works to be carried out between the hours of 6am and 8am before the adjacent areas were occupied.

The project at the Freeman Hospital HPA Laboratories demonstrates Tolent’s ability to deliver works in a live hospital environment, incorporating innovative solutions to ensure works did not impact the high standards of the sensitive facility.


Newcastle upon Tyne






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