A new Camogli Healthcare Centre is being constructed to replace Camogli Hospital, which was built in 1971.
This page covers of all aspects of the project, from design and pre-fabrication, transportation of materials to Tristan and construction, to fitting out of the new facility and its opening.
From Tristan to St Kilda
Alasdair MacEachen from Benbecula in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland, writes:
I still follow Tristan news with interest since my visit on the RMS in 2011. I have kept up my Tristan Association membership and enjoy reading the magazine to catch up on the news.
Last time round the magazine included a feature on your new Camogli Health Centre and it so happens that the same contractor, Galliford Try, are engaged in building work for the Ministry of Defence on my neighbouring island of St Kilda, just fifty miles west of Benbecula. On one of my trips to St Kilda in May, I discovered the one of the workmen had been working on the Tristan project for eight months before he came to St Kilda.
I was back out on St Kilda a couple of weeks ago, and I got a chance to meet up with Eirian (Sbonge) and left him my copy of the latest 'Tristan da Cunha Newsletter' to read the article on the Health Centre as he also appeared in the photo of the workmen taken in front of the completed building.
Above: Sbonge Jones reads the Tristan Newletter on St Kilda,
and below: with Tim Dunn and Barry Davies on Tristan
I have attached a photo of Sbonge with the magazine taken on St Kilda on 16th September with the island of Dun, part of the St Kilda group,in the background.
A small world as they say.
Editor's note: St Kilda is the remotest of the British Isles, and was famed for its remote island lifestyle, not dissimilar to Tristan's. In 1930, like Tristan, the whole population was evacuated to the mainland, but unlike Tristan they were dispersed and never returned. The isand has not been permanently settled since.
School's Hospital Artwork
|Children from St Mary's School visited the new Camogli Healthcare Centre to see their artwork in place.
Chief Islander's Speech at the New Healthcare Centre Opening
Chief Islander, Ian Lavarello
Speech by Chief Islander Ian Lavarello at the Ceremony on Friday 9th June 2017
"This is a very special moment for Tristan. Our new healthcare centre is more impressive than any of us dared to imagine - and it will make a real difference to the life of our community.
My ancestor Gaetano came here in 1878, and it's great that his home town Camogli still gives its name to this new building. On Tristan, we honour our heritage at the same time as we welcome the new.
This couldn't have happened without the commitment of DFID in the UK, and the patient co-ordination of Barry Davies here on the island. Our sincere thanks go to both. Thank you as well, to all the Tristanians who've contributed in so many ways to this project - from offloading equipment to welcoming our guests. And, we salute the skill of the amazing contractors who've lived and worked among us for all these months - we're missing you already!
So, welcome, then - to the new Camogli Healthcare Centre. We will make good use of this place: not just taking care of us when we're ill, but promoting our health as well.
Congratulations to everyone who's made this possible!"
Camogli Healthcare Centre Opens
Report and photos from Clerk of Works Barry Davies and Dawn Repetto
A ceremony to open the new Camogli Healthcare Centre was held on Friday 9th June 2017 at 3 pm when a ribbon was cut by the eldest islander 'Aunt' Ellen Rogers who will be 99 years old later this year!
A speech was made by Chief Islander Ian Lavarello, who thanked DFID, Galliford Try and the community for their support in working together and in achieving an outstanding project that will serve the community into the future.
The new building was blessed by the ministers representing both local churches.
|Gathering at the entrance for the ribbon cutting ceremony.||Aunt Ellen about to cut the ribbon to open the new building.|
|Speeches (from left): Chief Islander Ian Lavarello, Acting Administrator Anne Biddle, and Clerk of Works Barry Davies.|
Blessing the Camogli Healthcare Centre are Lay Ministers from both Anglican and Catholic Churches
|Listening to the blessings.||Blessing the rooms with holy water.|
|Aunt Ellen with her family
including grandchildren Sharon and Graham
|Aunt Ellen celebrating with a cup of tea
alongside her youngest daughter Brenda.
|Barry Davies's family: Lyn, Roxan, Dylan and Sian
alongside the mural the children helped to create.
|Wall art by students of St Mary's School|
Photos below show rooms in the Camogli Healthcare Centre on 8th June 2017,
complete with equipment and all ready for the opening the following day.
Contractors Depart as centre is completed
Photos from Barry Davies and Dawn Repetto
|Crew members from MV Pacific Askari view
the new Healthcare Centre on 6th June 2017.
|Above : Left to right - Galliford Try Project Manager Mark Aimson, Pacific Askari Captain David Williams and three members of the crew.||Captain David Williams and Tristan Government Clerk of Works Barry Davies with two members of crew.|
|The Conservation RIB Arctic Tern
about to depart Calshot Harbour on 8th June 2017
with the last of the Galliford Try contractors and fellow passengers Sean and Marina Burns.
|MV Pacific Askari, used throughout the project to transport the Galliford Try contractors, prepares to leave the island on 8th June 2017 to mark the end of the Camogli Healthcare Centre construction.|
Pacific Askari returns to Cape Town
|Pacific Askari's May - June 2017 Cape Town - Tristan voyage
Contractors thanked as Healthcare Centre is completed
Tristan bids farewell to Galliford Try contractors
Photos from Barry Daives unless stated
On 5th June 2017 there was an gathering at the new Camogli Healthcare Centre to thank the Galliford Try contractors.
Latest photos of the new Healthcare Centre
Report from Barry Davies
General view looking west taken on 25th May 2017
Photo below all show views of the centre taken on 1st June 2017
Camogli Healthcare Centre construction update
Report and photos taken on 23rd May 2017 from Clerk of Works Barry Davies
|Galliford Try Contractors Brian Beck, Grant Pearce, and John Sanders with Vera Glass (present Camogli Hospital Manager)||The impressive dental surgery|
|Les Jones and Micheal Groenwald alongside
the Tristan-themed wall murals in the main corridor
|The attractive waiting room
almost finished to welcome patients soon
|Ding Dong - More images of the wall murals which make the new health facility so attractive:
featuring feeding hens, penguins, mollies flying above and the island gong being rung.
Nine Contractors Depart
Galliford Try contractors' report and photos from Barry Davies on 20th May
The MV Pacific Askari arrived at TDC on 18th May 2017 with the medical equipment and the two medical commissioning engineers after a rough crossing from Cape Town. The medical engineers and passengers disembarked that evening. The medical equipment was successfully off loaded from the Pacific Askari on Friday 19th May and brought ashore. The first team of nine GT employees embarked on the Pacific Askari around 4 pm the same day - 19 May 2017 - and the ship departed for Cape Town on Saturday afternoon.
Galliford Try are continuing to make good progress. The Healthcare Centre is substantially completed and the final touches being made to the building. The two medical commissioning engineers are now busy commissioning the new and existing medical equipment and are expected to take around 18 days to complete their tasks.
The remaining Galliford Try team are expected to demobilise and depart from Tristan between in early June depending on the weather conditions.
The weather on Saturday 20th May on Tristan is bad, we are in a middle of an infamous south Atlantic storm, so if we hadn't offloaded yesterday (Friday) the vessel would have been waiting another 4 or 5 days for the weather to break to discharge its cargo.
Grant and Brian helping to transfer
Photos below show Galliford Try contractors with Clerk of Works Barry Davies.
|Left to right: Dale Sewell, Steve Brown, Martin Attwood,Tim Coombes and Michael Groenwald||Left to right: Dale Sewell, Tom Carr, Dean Dickson, Tim Dunn, Sean Murfitt and Barry Davies|
|Left to right: Steve Brown, Tim Dunn, Barry Davies, Brian Beck, Sponge Jones, Mikael Larsson and John Sanders||Left to right: Tim Dunn, Sponge Jones and Barry Davies|
|Multi-function area inside the new
Camogli Healthcare Centre
|Waiting and circulation area
in the new facility
School Art with Kate Aimson
|Kate Aimson, the Community Liaison for Galliford Try, has worked with the children and staff at St Mary’s School to design a mural for the new healthcare centre.
Latest Camogli Heathcare Centre Construction Update
Update from Barry Davies with photos from Galliford Try’s Project Manager Mark Aimson
Barry reports on 5th May that the contractor's labour force are making satisfactory progress with project completion and handover expected in June 2017.
|Storm on 14th April tests the centre's weatherproofing||Main entrance external canopy|
Above: Pupils from St Mary's School prepared concept designs which are being prepared here for use in the Waiting / Primary Circulation Area
Right: Roof lights in the Primary Circulation Area
|Fitting out the Dental Office|
Above: The main central corridor nears completion
Right: Impressive Family Room with ash panelling and book shelves.
Latest Heathcare Centre Construction Update
Photo Report from Clerk of Works Barry Davies on 25th April 2017
To date Tristan has had 264mm (10.5 inches) of rain in April which has caused widespread flooding. Nevertheless, Galliford Try contractors have continued to make good progress and have entered the final phase of the project. Nine construction staff are expected to leave Tristan da Cunha on 18th May 2017 and Galliford Try is expected to make timely completion and handover of the project by mid June 2017.
Photos show Healthcare Centre taking it's final shape
Report from Clerk of Works Barry Davies
and photos from Galliford Try Project Manager Mark Aimson
|The Galliford Try team outside the front entrance of the new Camogli Helathcare Centre|
|Ongoing finishing to the north roof also showing behind the doctor's bungalow (yellow roof)
and part of the old Camogli Hospital (faded green roof) with the village behind.
|Left: Installing the fire alarm system into the west plant room; Right: Extternal finishings detail.|
|Photos show installation of Velux windows above waiting area|
|Left: Installing aluminium roof sheets; Right: Installation of AHU ducting above the operating theatre|
|Left: Fitting out the laboratory; Right: Completed roof end flashing|
Healthcare Centre building progress continues apace
Photo Report from Clerk of Works Barry Davies on 25th March 2017
The Galliford Try construction team are making good progress, working diligently and aiming to complete the project by June.
|Checking wall cladding||Main corridor|
|Alan Geach and Les Jones working on plasterboard||Fitting room furniture|
|Fitting roof sheeting on the north side||Air handling ducts in the roof space|
Latest Healthcare Centre Photo Update
Photo Report from Clerk of Works Barry Davies on 10th March 2017
showing on-going work by Galliford Try contractors on the new Camogli Healthcare Centre
|Les Jones outside the new building||Installing Velux roof windows|
|Working on the access road||Tim Dunn working on the internal walls|
|Eirian Jones working on the generator shed||West side of the new building|
|Main corridor during decoration||Waiting and primary ciculation area|
School Healthcare Centre Visit
St Mary's School visit to the Camogli Healtcare Centre construction site
Report and photos from Victoria Stapleton
|Above: Class 2 with Miss Julia and Class 3 with Miss Anne
Below: Playgroup with Miss Shelia, Class 1 and Miss Sandra
We've all been watching the progress of the new hospital with interest from afar as it's started to take shape. Then, Galliford Try invited St Mary's to come and see how the project is progressing and meet some of the team.
Playgroup and Class 1 were first to visit. They were met by Mark, the Project Leader and Kate the Community Liaison Officer. First, the children were shown around the living quarters which the children thought looked very cool although they were amazed at the size of some of the work boots sitting outside the rooms. Next, they were kitted out with a hard hat and a high viz jacket. These were very stylish but a little bit big for some of the children. Then, Brian showed everyone one of the JCB Loadall and all the children got to have a go at seeing what it would be like to drive it. Tom, the chef, made some amazing chocolate donuts. Lastly, Galliford Try gave the Class 1 and Playgroup two sets of Bob the Builder books that they had thoughtfully bought for us before coming to Tristan. The children really enjoyed these books.
The following week, Class 2, 3, 4 and 5 visited the hospital site. Mark also gave them a tour of the living quarters and then they put on the hard hats and high viz jackets so they could be safe on the site. Class 2 and 3 enjoyed hopping onto Bryan's JCB for a quick photo shoot. Because Class 2,3 ,4 and 5 were a bit older, Mark took them inside the new hospital and explained the layout of all the different rooms. He showed them where the doctors would work and where the patients would stay and the purpose of the other rooms. He explained how some rooms had special walls depending on the medical equipment that would be used in there. The roof was almost finished as well. The children were shown offices where Galliford Try have all the plans and shown an artist's representation of what the hospital will look like when it is finished. There was also a gym with equipment for the Galliford boys to use to keep fit and they told the school that when they finish the project they'll be leaving it for the islanders to use. Then, before the classes left, they also got some of Tom's awesome donuts to finish the tour. When Class 2 and 3 visited it was Tom's birthday so the children sang Happy Birthday.
Everyone really enjoyed seeing how the hospital is coming together and is looking forward to visiting again soon. Thank you, Galliford Try!
|Project leader Mark showing pupils around the site and enjoying the JCB Loadall.|
|Young pupils enjoying their visit,
and Head Teacher Anne Green
at the steering wheel of a JCB.
|Class 4 and Class 5 with Kate (Galliford Try Community Liaison), Mr Mark and Mr Lamont|
Healthcare Centre February Update
Report and photos from Clerk of Works Barry Davies on 22nd February
|Views of the building on 22nd February showing roofing work
which Barry confirms now means that the building is weather-proofed.
|Four more views taken on 22nd February showing site work.
Photo below right shows Les Jones and Michael Groenwald.
|Two photos above and below taken on 20th February|
|Four photos above and below taken on 17th February showing roofing,
internal decoration and electrical work in porogress.
Bird's-eye Views of Healthcare Centre Progress 3rd February 2017
Photos courtesy of Barry Davies and Site Supervisor, Ian Prickett and his flying machine.
Barry reports that the weather was good during January and is continuing, hence the construction team are making good progress on site.
|A bird's-eye view of the Healthcare Centre construction site at sunset on the 2nd February 2017 with Inaccessible Island on the horizon. The existing Camogli Hospital is the left with the road leading off to Hottentot Gulch and the Patches. The construction crew's accommodation block is on the right.|
|Views taken from directly above show progress with the roof on 25th January (left) and 2nd February 2017.|
|Bird's-eye views show more wall panels being lifted into place on the 2nd February 2017,|
|Placing and erecting wall panels on 1st February 2017.|
|Left to right: Martin Attwood, Zlatko Goodwin-Izmirov, Dale Sewell and Tim Coombes.||John Taylor & Steve Brown securing wall panel.|
|Ongoing works on the internal walls at the beginning of February 2017.|
|Grant Armstrong & Brian Beck working on grading the access road on 3rd February 2017.|
Working on the Healthcare Centre Roof.
Photos and report from Barry Davies
A few more pictures taken on the 28th January 2017, when the construction guys were working on placing roof cassettes. It had rained in the night and was overcast in the morning. GT are making good progress, so we are hoping for another month of dry weather to enable the building to be weather tight.
Barry is trying to get a few group pictures of the workers, but it is tricky taking pictures because of the reflector strips on their high visibility vests, so the light needs to be just right.
Above: Fixing battens on the healthcare centre roof.
Above right & right: Placing roof cassettes.
Below: Steve Brown, hooking up roof cassettes.
Bottom right (L-R): Ian Prickett, John Taylor, Mikael Larsson & John Sanders.
Healthcare Centre Construction Progress 27th January 2017
Photos of progress from Barry Davies on the 27th January 2017
|Above and right: The yellow bags are air bags used for fall protection. If somebody accidently fell off the roof the air bags would take the impact.|
Above (L-R): Alan Geach, Michael Groenewald & Les Jones
Right: Grant Pearce
|Installing ventilation plant.|
Erecting the Roof on the New Healthcare Centre
Photos from Barry Davies showing the erection of roof struts on the new healthcentre on the 25th January 2017.
Healthcare Centre Construction Update
Photo Report from Clerk of Works Barry Davies
|Members of the Galliford Try Team gathered on the building site on 27th December 2016|
|Photos of fabricated units being put together on 16th January|
|Photos of construction on 17th January|
More images taken by Barry Davies
Floor of new Healthcare Centre completed
Report and photos from Clerk of Works Barry Davies on 7th January 2017
The Galliford Try team reached an important milestone when the floor of the new Camogli Healthcare Centre was completed on Friday 6th January. Weather conditions have not been ideal, as shown in photos below taken on site on 3rd and 6th January, and on Satuirday 7th there was a strong wind and heavy showers as worked progressed.
|General view showing the completed floor on 6th January 2017.|
|Views of work in progress on 3rd January|
|More 3rd January photos.|
|Two more views of the completed floor on 6th January|
Flooring for the new Camogli Healthcare Centre
Report and images from Barry Davies
Showing work in progress installing the Camogli Healthcare Centre floor
Photos taken on Monday 2nd January a few minutes before and after 09.00 GMT.
MV Glory departs Tristan after extended offloading period
|MV Glory finally departed Tristan on 26th December after completing offloading
Final offloading of new Heathcare Centre components
Report by Barry Davies
as final off-loading of MV Glory takes place on Boxing Day, 26th December 2016
Offloading of the MV Glory was completed at 18.15 on 26th December 2016. All the materials for the new Camogli Heathcare Centre are now safely onshore at Tristan da Cunha. MV Glory arrived at Tristanon 4th nOVEMBER, but on only 11 days since has offloading been possible due to the adverse weather conditions. Both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day were again unsuitable, but at last, on Boxing Day the Galliford Try team were busy on site and helping islanders to offload MV Glory, which departed at 8.50pm GMT that night.
|Photos show scenes of 26th December 2016,
when final components for the new Camogli Heathcare Centre were brought ashore,
as offloading of the MV Glory was completed
|Workers relax at last after spending Boxing Day
(normally a public holiday)
workingto ensure materials
are ashore to enable work to progress
on the new Camogli Healthcare Centre.
Camogli Healthcare Centre Construction Progress
Report and Photos from Clerk of Works Barry Davies on 24th December
|Photos show steel beams being installed onto concrete blocks
to form a frame to support the new healthcare facility.
Healthcare Centre Construction Update
Update from Barry Davies
Unfortunately the weather has made offloading of MV Glory's 3,500 cubic metres of material and equipment very difficult, but the construction team on site are doing a commendable job. It is hoped by Break-Up Day on 20th December that the foundations of the new facilty will be complete, as well as site offices and on-site accommodation for the construction team in use. A second team of 10 Galliford Try construction workers is due to arrive on the island by 14th January.
Galliford Try are making satisfactory progress on site in spite of the adverse weather conditions that have delayed the offloading of MV Glory.
|Photos from Barry Davies show views across the construction site on 13th December with foundation blocks being laid.|
|Another view of the site, a foundation block being lowered into place, and Galliford Try team members on site.|
Camogli Healthcare Centre Update up to 28th November 2016
|Latest Report from Clerk of Works Barry Davies|
Offloading of the MV Glory is slow due to the heavy seas and winds we have had to endure the last weeks, we have about five days left for the offloading of the Glory plus the bad weather days. However, the contractors Galliford Try have about another ten days work in front of them with the materials on site.
I am pleased to report that the Galliford Try construction team are motivated, committed and well organised, they are busy assembling the man-camp which is their living quarters and offices and the units and components are of a high standard and they are doing a good job preparing the ground base and in assembling the man-camp and these units should be able to serve the island after the project is completed.
|View looking north showing the construction team accommodation buildings being erected with MV Glory anchored offshore.|
|Accommodation Units taking shape|
In the Village Voice of 30th November there appears an advert seeking workers to help the contractors during the Christmas and New Year Holiday. Island break-up day this year is on Tuesday 20th December and any islanders who volunteer for extra holiday work between 21st December - 12th January 2017 will be paid double normal pay, with flexible working allowed, but not on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day which will be holidays for all.
Camogli Healthcare Centre Update, 23rd November 2016
|Phase 1 work on site: Photos from Clark of Works Barry Davies|
|Photos taken on 23rd November showing construction of accommodation for the workers|
|Barry reported on 23rd November that offloading of healthcare centre components from the MV Glory was 'painfully slow' but the team had sufficient materials for two weeks work.|
|Photos (above and below) from Barry Davies taken on 17th November
showing progress on the building of Camogli Healthcare Centre on a perfect day.
Plant unloaded from MV Glory to build new Healthcare Centre
|Photo from Clerk of Works Barry Davies taken aboard MV Glory on 17th November 2016 showing further unloading of cargo for the construction of Camogli Healthcare Centre.|
Healthcare Construction Phase 1 Starts
|Camogli Healthcare Centre Update from Clerk of Works Barry Davies up to 10th November 2016|
|Phase 1 work on site: Photos from Clark of Works Barry Davies|
|Photos showing first phase of the Camogli Healthcare Centre construction on 10th November 2016 as contractors prepare the site below the old Camogli Hospital on Hottentot Fence Field.|
Offloading Construction Plant on 8th November 2016
|Heavy plant unloaded on the Eastern Quay of Calshot Harbour|
|Photos from Clerk of Works Barry Davies show offloading of the construction plant for the new Healthcare Centre from MV Glory on 8th November in Calshot Harbour.|
Starting on Monday 7th November, offloading commenced of the 2500 cubic metres of materials from MV Glory of construction materials, plant and equipment for the new medical facility. See below for photos of the construction and packing of prefabricated sections in Sweden.
Offloading the 2500 cubic metres from the MV Glory to the new hospital construction site will involve most island departments and a lot of congestion and traffic movement around the island can be expected, as containers and crates will stored at various staging points around the island. The Tristan workforce is used to flexible tasking and often 'all hands' are employed offloading vessels to bring crucial supplies ashore quickly as Camogli Harbour is often closed due to poor sea conditions. The island will be praying for good weather so that the huge Healthcare Centre load can be safely and quickly brought ashore for construction.
|MV Glory at anchor off Tristan on Monday 7th November from Kelly Burns|
MV Glory delivers the new Camogli Healthcare Centre
|MV Edinburgh arrived from Cape Town followed later by the MV Glory carrying pre-fabricated parts for the new Camogli Healthcare Centre.
Shipping Update on 1st November from Cynthia Green
|MV Pacific Askari delivered Galliford Try contractors on Friday 28th October 2016. MV Glory is expected 4th November 2016.
MV Pacific Askari departs Cape Town
|MV Pacific Askari has left Cape Town for Tristan with the Galliford Try construction team.
MV Glory update
|The MV Glory loaded pre-fabricated modules in Malmö and plant at Poole, and sailed for Tristan on the 12th October 2016.
Pre-fabrication of the Camogli Healthcare Centre in Sweden
Clerk of Works for the project Barry Davies, now returned to Tristan preparing for the ship to arrive, visited Sweden in May 2016 and has sent the photo below showing construction of the pre-fabricated sections of the new Camogli Healthcare Centre.
|Pre-cast foundation steel moulds c/w reinforcement prior to casting||Completed pre-cast foundation pads prior to transferal to Malmo Port warehouse|
|Ongoing floor cassette production/dispatch to port warehouse||Completed floor cassettes at port warehouse weather protected for shipping|
|Roof truss production for new health facility||Fabrication steel grillage prior to galvanising treatment|
|Delivered windows in readiness for external wall panel production||Fabrication of Hygiene Area Plant Room|
|Inset drainage to floor cassettes||Fabrication of main Plant Room|
|AHU equipment for Plant Room installation||Fit out of Plant Room 1|
Contracts awarded for the new Healthcare Centre
|A new Camogli Healthcare Centre is planned to replace Camogli Hospital which was built in 1971.|
|Architect images of the new Health Centre are published below along with more information and reaction from the island to this good news.|
Hugh Broughton Architects has won a competition to design a new Healthcare Centre for Tristan da Cunha. The architects will be working alongside contractors Galliford Try and Top Housing, to construct the new facility which will replace Camogli Hospital.
Hugh Broughton Architects, which collaborated with Galliford Try on the Halley VI Antarctic Research Station, will be using similar prefabrication techniques to build the flat-pack healthcare centre on Tristan.
Administrator Alex Mitham welcomed the news:
The Community of Tristan da Cunha are delighted that a new Healthcare Facility will be built on the island in late 2016. This has taken years of negotiation and Tristanians greatly appreciate all the support from the UK Government in ensuring the project can finally go ahead.>
The Tristan Government is now working closely with the contractors to ensure everything runs smoothly in the run-up to the construction phase. After many years of waiting for a contract to be signed, the Islanders are understandably now very keen for construction to start!
It will be wonderful to gain a new purpose built facility that benefits the health and social care of the whole island for future generations.
This new facility will hopefully be the first step in a new 10 Year Roadmap in updating infrastructure services for the entire island.