Witterings Medical Centre – Extension for Drug Dispensing Robot


We were employed by the owners of Witterings Health Centre to construct a new extension to house their new state-of-the-art BD Rowa ProLog automated drugs dispenser. 

We tendered against other local and national contractors and was chosen by the consultant in charge of the project because our tender demonstrated best value for money and provided the best level of detail.

Surveyor Stephen Holmes FRICS produced the drawings we were asked to tender against but our experience was called upon with regards to the structural design of the extension. Weighing around 6 tonne the new drugs dispenser would require a reinforced floor. We made recommendations which were worked into the drawings.

Being on the corner of a busy road the dispenser had previously been damaged when an elderly motorist drove into the building. To prevent such an incident occurring again and putting the dispenser out of action the extension was a steel frame construction.

The schedule for completing the project was just six months from starting on site. There was no allowance for slippage before the delivery date for the drugs dispenser, which was arriving from Germany along with an installation team.

We worked alongside the shopfitting company and coordinated the delivery and installation of the dispenser with the team from Germany, but all other trades were provided and managed by us to provide the client with a turnkey solution, ensuring best value and minimising the number of contractors on site.

As an essential local facility, the health centre remained open to the public throughout the works. This presented additional health and safety considerations and we had to asses and manage the potential risk to the public who were using the building and walking through our work zone. We installed temporary scaffolding hording in all public areas and carried out regular risks assessments to ensure the public were protected at all times.

The project was completed on time and within budget and the new look pharmacy now serves as a valuable and super-efficient local amenity.


“HD Developments are a highly respected local contractor. They dealt with problems by providing solutions in every case and successfully coordinated all the trades and specialists in a complicated project.

I would recommend HD to others based on the quality of the finished pharmacy and the level of detail they provided.”

Stephen Holmes FRICS




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  • Project Details

  • Date December 8, 2020
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  • Category extensions-conversions,
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