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Yorkon delivers UK’s largest complete hospital to be built off site


Two new multi-million pound NHS treatment centres have been delivered to site by off-site specialists and Portakabin subsidiary, Yorkon, for independent healthcare providers, UK Specialist Hospitals (UKSH).

The project at Emerson’s Green in Bristol is believed to be the UK’s largest complete hospital to be built off site.

The UKSH NHS treatment centres at Devizes in Wiltshire and Emerson’s Green will provide NHS patients in the South West with increased choice and reduced waiting times.

Both centres have now been constructed off site by Yorkon and craned into position around 70 per cent complete. This approach will ensure completion on time, on budget, to a shorter programme, with guaranteed quality and less disruption.

The two contracts follow Yorkon’s successful completion in 2005 of its first project for UKSH – the Shepton Mallet NHS Treatment Centre. That scheme was manufactured and fitted out in just 10 months and is now regarded as one of the UK’s top performing NHS treatment centres.

Yorkon off-site construction specialists 

Commenting on the projects, Fiona Calnan, Chief Executive of UKSH, said, “Yorkon was our preferred contractor for these new NHS treatment centres following the success of Shepton Mallet, which they delivered on programme and on budget in partnership with UKSH. We wanted the security and reassurance of working with a healthcare construction specialist that had already delivered.”

“The new treatment centres will give NHS patients in the South West greater choice as to when and where they are treated, and will deliver the highest levels of patient care and excellent clinical outcomes.”

David Johnson, Director and General Manager of Yorkon, added, “We are delighted to be working with UKSH again – and to be breaking new ground in the off-site sector with the scale and complexity of Emerson’s Green.”

Due to open towards the end of 2009, the Emerson’s Green NHS Treatment Centre is a new purpose-built surgical hospital which will provide a range of elective surgical services, including inpatient treatment. It will have four operating theatres and 33 beds, with supporting outpatient, diagnostic and administrative facilities and a decontamination suite.

Devizes NHS Treatment Centre will deliver day surgical treatment. Facilities include two operating theatres, outpatient and diagnostic services.

For further PRESS information, please contact:

Joanne Bridges, PRO – Yorkon
Bridges Communications
Tel: 01489 570898
Fax: 01489 570888


Editor’s Notes

  1. Emerson’s Green NHS Treatment Centre:

    Facts and figures:
  • A three-storey hospital
  • A roof top plant room with a sustainable ‘green’ roof
  • 114 modules up to 14m long
  • Module cranage was completed in just three weeks
  • 4,842 sqm in size
  • Architectural features – horizontal cedar cladding and areas of terracotta cladding to contrast with the natural white finish of the modules; fully glazed atrium with passive ventilation, brise soleil sunshading and tinted solar control glass

    Facilities include:

  • Four ultra-clean operating theatres and recovery bays
  • Minor operations room
  • Endoscopy suite
  • Diagnostics and x-ray
  • 33 inpatient beds, comprising 4-bed, 2-bed and single ensuite rooms
  • Procedure and consulting rooms
  • Waiting area, reception and café
  • Pharmacy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Clean rooms
  • Administration centre
  1. Devizes NHS Treatment Centre

    Facts and figures:

  • A single-storey day treatment centre
  • Due to open towards the end of 2009
  • 30 steel-framed modules up to 14m long
  • Module cranage was completed in one week
  • 975sqm in size
  • Architectural features – horizontal cedar cladding to contrast with the white finish of the modules and pastel green render for the entrance; glazed atrium for the reception

    Facilities include:

  • 2 day surgery theatres
  • Endoscopy suite
  • Procedure and consulting rooms
  • Administration centre
  • Reception and waiting area
  1. Project Team:

    Client: UKSH

Design/build contractor: Yorkon
Modular manufacturer: Yorkon
Project managers: Atkins Global
Cost consultants: Corderoys
M&E consultants: Engineering Design Partnership

  1. The advantages of off-site construction for healthcare projects include:
  • Programme times reduced by up to 50 per cent, allowing earlier completion with a positive impact on patient care
  • Reduced disruption to patients, staff and the local community during construction
  • Up to 90 per cent fewer vehicle movements to site
  • Safer, quieter and cleaner
  • Improved quality and reduced future maintenance
  • A high level of design flexibility internally and externally
  • Buildings can be expanded without decanting
  • Improved thermal efficiency for lower running costs and reduced carbon emissions
  • Greater cost control
  • Material wastage reduced by up to 90 per cent
  • Delivery on time and on budget – Yorkon completed 99 per cent of projects on time and on budget in 2008.

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