Refurbished modular building - wards, day rooms, ward office, nurses
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Interim hospital accommodation

New surgical ward

Organisation : Royal Surrey County Hospital

Building Use : Healthcare

Product : Cabins, Modular Buildings

Location : Guildford, Surrey

Requirement :

A new surgical ward at Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford would enable managers to meet NHS targets and solve urgent accommodation needs whilst refurbishment took place at Farnham Road Hospital.

Solution :

A 600sqm single-storey building, supplied and fitted out by Portakabin (Refurbished) in conjunction with architects Gerry Lytle Associates, is now being utilised as a short stay surgical ward containing 19 beds.

The accommodation includes four 4-bed wards and three single wards all with ensuite facilities; a day room, ward office, nurses' staff base, patient/staff rest rooms, a waiting area and a link corridor to the main theatre block.

The project was completed on time and as planned despite a challenging sloping site, with a major footpath running through it, and being located close to the operating theatres. Speed and keeping disruption to a minimum were important priorities so cranage of the modules was carried out over a weekend and double handling of the modules was undertaken.

"The refurbished external appearance of the building provides a modern contemporary look and demonstrates what can be achieved when you combine the recycled modular approach with strong architectural design."

Philip Howell, Design Consultant at Drake & Kannemeyer for Royal Surrey Hospital

"We are very pleased with the building, the extension and the appearance. Portakabin (Refurbished) performed well on this project and were sufficiently flexible to allow us to purchase and extend our interim ward accommodation to convert it to permanent use. We have had a good relationship with their team and would recommend their recycled modular building approach to other NHS trusts."


Graham Maynard, Head of Capital and Estates at Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

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