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Case Study - NHS Oldham Community First

Organisation : NHS Oldham Community First

Application : Healthcare

Product : Ultima

Location : Oldham

Requirement :

NHS Oldham identified a need for new primary medical care and dental services in the Hathershaw and Fitton Hill area of Oldham. A new Neighbourhood Centre was planned for the area, but this would take up to five years to complete, so interim facilities were urgently needed to serve the local people. NHS Oldham procures all of its buildings through Community 1st Oldham Limited, its NHS LIFT (Local Improvement Finance Trust) partner company, and approached them for a solution. NHS LIFT is a government initiative introduced to develop a new generation of community-based primary health and social care premises.

Solution :

Rod Hulme, Technical Services Director at Community 1st, says: “We invited bids from potential building suppliers and narrowed it down to Portakabin. They were chosen not just for the quality of their buildings but for the quality of their team and the professionalism of their approach. For major projects like this, you need to choose a supplier that you can potentially build a good relationship with, and Portakabin fitted the bill perfectly.”

Portakabin worked closely with both Community 1st and NHS Oldham to devise a building that would deliver the full range of medical care services needed in the area. The solution developed by Portakabin was a high-quality 400mē Ultima modular building, fully fitted out to the client’s specifications and delivered to site ready for rapid assembly. NHS Oldham decided to purchase the building so that when the new Neighbourhood Centre was complete, the Portakabin building could be relocated and reused or reconfigured to provide long-term value within the NHS.

The bright, welcoming building incorporates a large waiting area and reception, two GP consulting rooms, two treatment rooms equipped for minor surgery, two dental suites and a host of supporting amenities, including clean and dirty utilities, a staff rest room, counselling room, administration offices, changing rooms, staff and patient toilets and baby changing facilities. The principle rooms in the building were designed by Portakabin to the exact specifications set out in Community 1st Oldham’s exemplar room guidelines, developed to ensure floor space and functionality are optimised in NHS premises.

As well as designing, manufacturing and supplying the building, Portakabin fitted it out with all fixed furniture and specialist dental equipment, as well as an environmentally friendly heat-recovery air-conditioning system. Portakabin also took care of the groundworks to prepare the site and the construction of two car parks.

Rod Hulme continues: “Portakabin provided a full turn-key package, which meant we had just one supplier to deal with. Portakabin effectively operated as principal contractor on its own project, managing all aspects of design and construction on our behalf. It made the project much simpler for us to manage.” 

The building was delivered to site, craned into position and installed right on schedule. Such timely deliveries are assured by the unique Portakabin Customer Charter, which promises that all buildings will be delivered on time and on budget. Portakabin even promises that if it ever fails to meet this commitment it will provide an additional 12 months’ product warranty, free of charge.*

Steven Palmer, Assistant Director of Facilities at NHS Oldham, adds: “The building supplied by Portakabin is brilliant, the users love it and it meets all of our high standards. The team we worked with at Portakabin were excellent. They were extremely responsive to any requests from us and were a pleasure to work with. Everyone from the sales team and architect who visited the site to the building installation engineers and on-site team were at all times obliging, helpful and professional.”


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