In its development of a new Sixth Form College at Cathedral Road in Derby, Cedar House Investments needed to relocate an existing health centre on the site to make room for the new building. In negotiations with NHS East Midlands, Cedar House agreed to relocate the health centre into high-quality temporary accommodation until a new permanent health centre could be provided.Solution :
Cedar House appointed a leading construction contractor to manage the project and source the temporary accommodation needed to house the health centre’s extensive facilities.
In consultation with NHS East Midlands, the contractor chose Portakabin to provide the accommodation required on hire. NHS East Midlands had used Portakabin buildings in the past for a GP surgery, and had been impressed with the quality of working environment provided.
Portakabin worked closely with all parties involved to understand the requirements of the health centre. The company then designed a complete health complex constructed from 14 Duplex building modules, to replace the existing facilities. Once the design was approved, Portakabin set about delivering the new accommodation to meet the timetable set by Cedar House.
The buildings were delivered on the agreed date – just six weeks after the order was placed with Portakabin, in line with the company’s Customer Charter pledge to deliver on time and on budget.
The facilities were installed in a phased programme over a three-week period, minimising disruption to patients and staff, and allowing a smooth transition from the old site. The huge new health centre now incorporates a wide range of healthcare services, including three dentists’ surgeries, an X-ray room, appliance laboratory, chiropody surgery, treatment rooms, children’s continence service, offices for speech and language therapy, a waiting room and reception.
"This was a major project, which required Portakabin to really get to grips with our operation. Portakabin spent a lot of time at our old clinic, and worked hard to meet our exact specifications, which included special requirements such as lead-lined windows for the dental surgeries. They fitted out the buildings to a high standard, so that we could simply transfer our equipment from the old site and get services up and running very quickly."
Steve Batterley, NHS East Midlands.
"I think initially there were some concerns among staff about moving into temporary accommodation. However, once people saw the buildings and the quality of the interiors, they were very pleasantly surprised. Generally everyone has settled in to their new surroundings very well and we’ve been very pleased with the service provided."
Michelle Vickers, Locality Support Manager.