Sir Robert McAlpine

‘THE BEACH’ Royal Bournemouth Hospital – JV Integrated Health Project

Visit Length

120 Minutes

Max Group Size

15 People

Booking Status


About the event

The Integrated Health Project Joint Venture  of  Sir Robert McAlpine and Vinci Construction are pleased to invite members of the public to the site for this 2024 Open Doors event.

This provides Year 10/ 11 students, and those considering further education as apprentices, A’ level and beyond or individuals with an interest in pursuing construction as a career an insight to construction roles at this University Hospital Dorset NHS Foundation Trust building for healthcare as part of their transformation strategy.

The project is in its final construction and fitout stages, with some external groundworks and hard landscaping progressing, and trades on site include carpentry, drylining, flooring, ceiling installations, painting and decorating, installing plumbing and electrical and mechanical services specific to hospitals, wall protection installations, doors and joinery.

Transformation Strategy – The BEACH Building (Births, Emergency, And, Critical care, children’s Health) on the Royal Bournemouth Hospital site. The new facilities, described as a ‘once in a generation opportunity’, will include a new purpose-built maternity unit, purpose-built children’s unit, enhanced emergency department and critical care unit, with capacity for up to 30 beds. As part of development plans, the multi-story car park will be enlarged and a new pathology hub built to provide laboratory services for the whole of Dorset. Environmental sustainability is central to these developments, and the Trust has committed £1m to support the provision of more sustainable and healthy travel options.

The total programme of works runs up to 2026 and forms part of the £250m transformation and development plans for our hospital sites.


Visitors will be provided with a health and safety briefing, and presentation to the background to the design and construction of the building with a overview using digital technology. The breadth of roles within construction, and the various routes one can take to embark or change a career path will be will be discussed.

Then a site tour will take you through the building from the clinical areas, to the mechanical service areas that support the heating, and cooling of the building (PLANT ROOMS) and to the areas still undergoing installation of fitout inclusive of the trades listed above.

We will show the external works areas for those interested in ground works or landscaping before returning via the exterior of the building to the meeting room to sum up the event.

Team members will be available to answer questions on education routes and how they entered the Construction industry.


Minimum age: 15 years old
This is an opportunity for students who are thinking about a construction trade related apprenticeship after Year 10/11, or progressing from college to other construction opportunities or further education. Parent/carer to accompany anyone under the age of 18 years unless part of an organised education group.

Please be prepared to be able to walk up and negotiate 5 flights of stairs, and walk between areas, site will not be able to accommodate anyone with mobility issues at this time.

Get in touch

Our address:
Castle Lane East, Bournemouth, England, BH7 7DW, United Kingdom

Helen Denham

Sharon Hutchinson