Pre-owned modular buildings for healthcare applications
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Purpose designed modular buildings for clinical services

Three new healthcare buildings including a training centre

Organisation : Freeman Hospital

Building Use : Healthcare

Product : Cabins, Modular Buildings

Location : Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Requirement :

A new theatre training centre at Freeman Hospital in Newcastle-upon-Tyne was required to enable staff from across the North to participate in the latest interactive simulated training in clinical procedures.

The scheme would be the first clinical training facility of its kind in the North of England.

Solution :

Newcastle-upon-Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust appointed Portakabin (Refurbished) to provide a single-storey modular building to accommodate the new training centre.

The scheme comprises 10 pre-owned steel-framed modules which were recycled and refurbished for this project, enabling it to be delivered in just 11 weeks from receipt of order to handover.  This short programme allowed the Trust to bring the facility into use as fast as possible to meet demand, and facilitated access to national funding. The centre is now running at full capacity.

The building features:

  • clinical education rooms with a control room for each
  • a category 6 containment laboratory
  • seminar rooms
  • offices
  • toilets
  • storage facility

Portakabin (Refurbished) also supplied an audio door control system, security alarms and fire detection system, and implemented a traffic management plan to minimise disruption during the building delivery and installation phase.

New Medical Electronics Building

Portakabin (Refurbished) has also constructed a new medical electronics building at Freeman Hospital, which enabled the department to be relocated for the consolidation of clinical services on this constrained hospital site.

The new building, which comprises 14 recycled modules, provides more storage space and a more appropriate working environment for the medical electronics team. It was delivered in a challenging timescale of just 10 weeks from receipt of order, to fit in with the Trust's wider development programme.

Estates and Stores Building

When the Trust needed to relocate the estates and stores building to accommodate a new data centre, Portakabin (Refurbished) supplied a purpose-designed two-storey stores facility using pre-owned building modules. This solution ensured continuity of service and the centralisation and more efficient management of the hospital's stores.

"Portakabin (Refurbished) has been able to provide exactly what we needed for each project, and to challenging deadlines. Timing is critical to the Trust, in order to bring the buildings into use in the shortest possible time, and new manufacture or site-based construction would have taken much longer. The environmental performance of our buildings is also very important to the Trust." 

"The pre-owned modular approach enabled us to offer a higher degree of sustainability with the use of recycled modules. We are very pleased with Portakabin (Refurbished) performance on these three schemes and would have no hesitation in recommending their approach or in using it again."

Steven Bannister, Director of Estates and Facilities at Freeman Hospital

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