Four teams of structural engineers and surveyors have been deployed across Nepal to assess the damage at nine hospitals hit by the twin earthquakes of April and May 2015. The work is being carried out on behalf of the Nepali government, and in conjunction with surveyors from the Nepali firm of consulting engineers John Sanday Associates.
The engineers and surveyors will give a detailed breakdown of the damage sustained and propose solutions for how the hospital buildings could be repaired, allowing Turner & Townsend to produce an outline report and costings for a programme of repairs. The project’s findings will be presented jointly to the Nepali authorities and the UK’s Department for International Development (DfID), which is funding a programme of disaster resilience and capacity building in Nepal.
Turner & Townsend has a long-standing working relationship with DfID, having previously delivered projects for the government department in developing countries around the world.
Before this year’s disaster, Turner & Townsend and Ramboll had been engaged in a DfID-funded programme to assess the earthquake resilience of 59 hospitals across Nepal, and devise a strengthening strategy for the most at risk.
The programme also trained and employed 150 Nepali engineers, who were equipped with the latest surveying techniques. Now in the country’s time of need, the British and Nepali teams have been reunited as they work to shore up the most badly damaged hospitals.
Leonie Grover, Associate Director at Turner & Townsend, comments:
“Two months after the first devastating earthquake hit Nepal, the TV cameras may have moved on, but the disaster relief work is far from over. And the hard work of rebuilding the country’s shattered infrastructure is just beginning. I’m returning to Nepal full of excitement, but under no illusions about the scale of the task that awaits me. Turner & Townsend’s previous work for DfID in Nepal was all about training Nepali engineers and surveyors and helping the country to prepare for the worst. Now the worst has happened, the importance of our work has been thrown into sharp relief. Working with colleagues from Ramboll and Nepal, we have a crucial role to play in helping the Nepali government to repair and rebuild several essential hospitals”.
Dave Grove, Director at Ramboll, added:
“Structural surveys for identifying and costing key repairs from a vast array of damage will play a pivotal role in helping the Nepali authorities and DfID to prioritise hospital recovery. Ramboll has enjoyed a fruitful and long relationship working with Turner & Townsend and JSA in Nepal, and we are honoured to be collaborating again on a project that will help Nepal to reconstruct some of its most critical infrastructure”.