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Case Study - Queen Margaret Hospital

Organisation : Queen Margaret Hospital

Application : Healthcare

Product : Ultima

Location : Dunfermline

Requirement :

To create space in the main hospital building for a new medical admissions unit, the ante-natal unit needed to be relocated. A brand new stand-alone building was required to provide purpose-built facilities for the relocating ante-natal team.

Solution :

Portakabin worked closely with the hospital and its architect to design a building that met their specifications and satisfied the very strict quality standards set out for hospital buildings. Portakabin Ultima modules were specified to provide the highest quality accommodation, offering exceptional thermal efficiency. Like all new buildings from Portakabin, the Ultima building is backed by pioneering 5-year product and 20-year structural warranties.

 The building supplied to the hospital features consulting rooms, treatment rooms, an ultrasound scan suite, a day-care room, administration offices, a reception, two waiting areas, a children’s play area, toilets and staff changing areas, as well as providing a base for the region’s community midwives.

 To tailor the building to the hospital’s requirements, Portakabin fitted a canopy over the main entrance door, added skylights above the central waiting area and supplied a full fire-alarm system. All works were completed in compliance with stringent NHS Building Regulations including SHTM’s, HTM’s and HAI-SCRIBE.


Working to a short lead time, Portakabin delivered and installed the modules onto pre-prepared foundations on the specified date. Much of the fitting out had been completed prior to delivery, and the Portakabin team quickly finished the interior and connection to services once the building was in place.

 The whole building was completed and ready for use within the short timeframe required by the hospital. The team of midwives and nurses now provide a full range of services from here, including day care, scans, clinics, obstetric clinics, paediatric clinics, parenthood classes and physiotherapy sessions.

 Sister Kathleen Robertson, says: “Moving out of the main hospital building was a big upheaval for us, but we have been pleasantly surprised by the quality of the new buildings. They provide a lovely, bright working environment and patients have responded well to the new facilities.”

Portakabin is an accredited supplier to OGCbuying.solutions (executive agency of the Office of Government Commerce). OGCbuying.solutions’ rigorous tendering and evaluation processes ensure that products and services are checked for quality, price, competitiveness and compliance with statutory requirements. Accreditation allows customers in the public sector to place orders with Portakabin without the need for time-consuming and costly tendering procedures.

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