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Innovative modular construction techniques help deliver £5 million worth of new hospital facilities without disruption

Healthcare construction specialist and Portakabin subsidiary, Yorkon, has completed contracts totalling more than £5m to build new hospital facilities at St Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey, Surrey.

Two buildings were manufactured off-site in York, minimising disruption to hospital staff and patients, and removing the need for decanting. This innovative approach to construction also reduced the programme time to less than eight months.

The local community is now benefiting from a new, purpose-designed day surgery unit and 2,550 sqm of additional ward accommodation providing 56 in-patient beds for emergency admissions.

Designed by Todd Architects, the two-storey ward block comprises 10 four-bed wards and 16 single bedrooms. Additional facilities include a nurse’s station, bathrooms, toilets, patients’ day room, discharge lounge, offices, staff room and a link to the main hospital ‘street’. Externally the scheme is clad in architectural blockwork, rendered panels, vertical cedar cladding and a striking feature fascia which combine to create an attractive and distinctive appearance as the building is prominently located at one of the main hospital entrances.

The day surgery unit, which was fitted out by Yorkon and linked to the main hospital, comprises an operating theatre, anaesthetics room, preparation area, reception and 12-bed recovery ward.

Commenting on the construction projects, Peter Curtis, Capital Projects Manager for Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust, said, “The locations of both of these new schemes are constrained by other buildings on this busy hospital site. Moving much of the work off-site and into the factory allowed us to expand the facilities at St Peter’s with as little disruption to the running of the hospital as possible.”

He added, “These were challenging projects and I am pleased to report the cranage and installation process went very smoothly. Off-site construction was more cost-effective for these two schemes than site-based building methods, the site team was very helpful and we are pleased with the quality of finish.”

The two construction projects undertaken by Yorkon are part of a £13m reorganisation programme, which involves the relocation of emergency and medical services to St Peter’s Hospital.

For further PRESS information, please contact:

Joanne Bridges, PRO – Yorkon
Tel: 01423 542680
Fax: 01423 540525
Email: jbridges@bridgescommunications.co.uk

Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust Press Office
Tel: 01932 722163
Email: comms@asph.nhs.uk
www.ashfordstpeters.nhs.uk

Editor’s Notes

Yorkon has introduced a new finance package for the funding of healthcare facilities built using off-site construction. This innovative solution is a much faster, more cost-effective and simpler alternative to the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) and allows health authorities, NHS trusts and independent healthcare providers, to fund the acquisition of new hospital buildings by using an operating lease arrangement.

Yorkon’s award-winning modular building system is an efficient alternative to traditional site-based construction, which saves time, guarantees quality and minimises disruption to existing operations and the local community.

Off-site construction involves the manufacture of steel-framed modules in a factory environment, using production line technology, whilst the foundation works are completed on site. The modules are delivered to site by road where they are craned into position in just a few days ready for fitting out.



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