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Improving Fire Safety at the Royal Cornwall Hospital

Work commences on the biggest phase of the Fire Safety Improvement Works in the Tower Block of the Royal Cornwall Hospital from Monday 7th February, until the end of April 2022. This “Phase 4” work follows the fire safety improvement works that have already (nearly) completed in the Tower Block basement.
The work will take place in the central areas of the Tower Block where the lifts are located. The project includes removing asbestos from within the ceiling cavities, replacing fire doors and bin stores, putting in place “fire stopping” measures above the fire doors to contain the utility pipes and installing fire curtains on the outside of the lifts which will automatically drop down in the event of a fire. Ultimately, once the works are complete, patients and staff congregated in the lobby areas of Tower Block, as well as those trapped in lifts, will be safe whilst any fire is contained and extinguished.

You can find out more about the work to be carried out from Steve Hill, Head of Fire Safety at RCHT and from Michael Tipton, the Project Manager from BAM in this short film.

For those staff based in the Tower Block, there will be weekly (or, if necessary, daily) meetings with BAM site team to ensure everyone is made aware of any immediate works in their vicinity. Security measures have also been considered and put in place as required.

The work to be carried will be disruptive in part, for which we apologise, but it is absolutely essential that it is done. The scheduling has been expertly arranged by BAM to minimise this as much as possible and we would be very grateful, therefore, for everyone’s understanding and patience during this time. If anyone has any questions, please email:

Added on 2 February 2022, in News - General News

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