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More than just a job - Haydon M&E put heart and soul into the Queen Alexandra Hospital

After three years of work, Haydon Mechanical and Engineering saw their biggest contract to date - the Queen Alexandra super-hospital - come to an end, with the hospital opening at the end of June.As well as fitting steam, heating, chilled water, plumbing, gas pipes and electrical cables to provide vital utilities to two of the three buildings of the new hospital, the team from Haydon M&E dedicated itself to raising funds for Queen Alexandra through a constant stream of fundraising initiatives, events and personal donations from the Haydon workers themselves.Ian Wright, senior project manager for the Haydon team at Queen Alexandra, said: "We raffled prizes that we all donated, we did team challenges, individual challenges, one of our men cycled from London to Paris which raised around £4,000 - all in all we raised about £25,000 for different wings and wards in the hospital."Haydon fitted utility works to two of the three buildings that form the new super-hospital - a job that covered one million square feet of floor space, and used in excess of a million metres of piping. Although labour requirements exceeded initial expectations by 30 per cent, the team managed to complete the contract within three days of the target date set over three years ago."I am very proud of my team." continued Ian. "Not only did they go above and beyond to make sure we got the job done, but they dug deep to make donations from their own pocket - they have really put their heart and soul into this project over the last three years."


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