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Yorkon hands over £11m treatment centre a week early

Healthcare construction specialist and Portakabin subsidiary, Yorkon, has handed over a new £11m independent treatment centre a week ahead of schedule.

Yorkon’s contract, awarded by AMEC, was for a 3,300sqm rainscreen-clad modular building at St Mary’s Hospital in Portsmouth. Developed and operated by Mercury Health in partnership with Portsmouth City Teaching Primary Care Trust, the centre is a key part of the Government’s drive to reduce patient waiting times by radically increasing capacity in the NHS.

The St Mary’s NHS Treatment Centre, which is Yorkon’s second ISTC, will carry out around 6,500 day surgery procedures, more than 10,000 diagnostic investigations and up to 50,000 attendances at its minor injuries unit and walk-in centre every year.

The two-storey scheme was manufactured off-site in York using Yorkon’s award-winning steel-framed modular building system, reducing the programme time to just 42 weeks. 72 modules were craned into position in 10 days, providing a watertight envelope for fitting out only 12 weeks after start on site.

Designed by AMEC in conjunction with Nightingale Associates, the building features a bespoke envelope of cedar cladding at ground floor level, horizontal bands of windows, white rendering and light grey ceramic granite to add interest at either end of the building.

Commenting on the project, Mark Smith, Group Strategy Director at Mercury Health, said, “We are delighted with the new building and with the performance of the whole team. The quality of finish and engineering is extremely impressive and we believe it far exceeds traditional construction. The speed and flexibility of Yorkon’s approach and their ability to respond to deadlines were excellent. The off-site system was also much less disruptive which resulted in a tidier and more contained site.”

Yolande Wyer, Project Architect, Nightingale Associates said, “You would never know this is a modular building. There was a planning requirement for a landmark facility, which would significantly improve the frontage of the hospital. This has been successfully achieved, despite budget, site and programme constraints. The building has generous spacing, a pleasant ambience and the system was sufficiently flexible to allow a double height area internally and feature strips of ribbon windows. The benefits of off-site are clear to see.”

David Johnson, Director and General Manager of Yorkon, said, “This is one of the most challenging projects Yorkon has undertaken in terms of complexity, programme and scale. It is also our second ISTC to be handed over on time and on budget.”

He added, “Our approach significantly reduced client risk, offered flexibility in design and layout, and demonstrates the architectural possibilities of off-site construction.”

Facilities in the purpose-designed treatment centre include three operating theatres, a clinical sterile services department, an endoscopy suite, preparation zone, recovery bays, consulting rooms, reception and office accommodation. A cantilevered canopy runs the full length of the front elevation to provide shelter for the three patient entrances and drop-off zone. Sun pipes maximise natural light along the first floor and cedar louvres give shade from the sun.


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