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Spinal Rehabilitation Unit, Llandough Hospital, Cardiff

Contract Value: £3.3 Million

Main Contractor: Willmott Dixon

Client: Cardiff and Vale UHB

F P Hurley are currently delivering the £3.3 million mechanical services contract for the new Spinal Unit at Llandough Hospital in Cardiff. The scheme will see three areas of the existing hospital building undergo a complete refurbishment to allow for the relocation of spinal rehabilitation services, currently situated at Rookwood Hospital in Cardiff. The new unit will provide a 26-bed spinal cord injury rehabilitation ward, a 24-bed neuro-rehabilitation ward and a critical care service. The works will also involve the construction of a new Hydrotherapy Centre, in addition to a Post-Graduate Centre, Ty Hyfred.

The project commenced in December 2018 and is expected to take approximately two years.

Our scope of services includes:

  • LTHW Heating
  • Water and Steam Plant
  • Domestic Hot and Cold Water Services
  • Sanitaryware
  • Mechanical Ventilation
  • Medical Gases
  • Thermal Insulation
  • BMS Controls



The project involves working on a live hospital site and works are carefully sequenced to minimise disruption to adjacent areas. The team are working to complex logistical plans to ensure the Health Board can continue to provide an exceptional level of service whilst the works are ongoing.

The works also require several major plant items to be removed from the rooftop plant rooms they are currently located in and replaced, whilst maintaining other key elements of the plant which serve areas not included within the refurbishment scheme.

Another key challenge is the installation of large diameter heating services (above and below ground) from the refurbished areas to the hospital’s central boiler house, which is located 600m away from the main area of works.


The project remains operational throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and is featured in the ‘Top 10 hospital projects continuing throughout COVID-19’ article published by Construction News. Follow the link below for the full article.