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Only Portakabin can meet 16-week deadline for construction of fully equipped 2,080m2, 93-bed ward built to HBN and HTM standards

Organisation : University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust

Application : Healthcare

Product : Ultima

Location : Royal Lancaster Infirmary, Lancaster

Requirement :

Royal Lancaster Infirmary urgently needed to replace four ageing open-plan ward buildings with modern new facilities that provided greater privacy and infection control for patients. Pending the completion of a long-term strategic review of its facilities, the hospital needed new wards for the short to medium term. 

Solution :

Andy Waddington, Estates Corporate Services Manager at the Trust, says: “To provide our Trust with the future flexibility we needed, hiring a modular building was the best solution. We assessed six building providers against strict criteria and chose Portakabin to supply this extensive 93-bed building. 

“The quality of Portakabin buildings was a key factor, alongside its ability to meet our tight deadline. Portakabin also had a good track record and was very flexible in meeting our specific contractual requirements.”

The hospital design team came up with an outline plan for the L-shaped building, which Portakabin refined to fit the structural capabilities of its Ultima modular building system.

The 2,080m2, two-storey building includes multi-bedded bays and single rooms, all with en-suite facilities, an Ambulatory Care Unit, utility rooms, offices, staff facilities and a procedure room. The building was fully fitted out with a nurse-call system, specialist ventilation, medical gases, air-conditioning and alarm systems to meet strict HTM and HBN standards.

The project involved demolishing an existing building, completing complex groundworks and service connections on the congested site and connecting the new building to the main hospital – all without disrupting normal hospital operations. The entire building was completed in just 16 weeks from the date of order.

Andy says: “It was important to the success of the project that we worked closely with the local Portakabin team, who were very enthusiastic and worked flat out to get the building completed in record time.

“Our patients love the new wards, which look very fresh and modern inside and provide an environment which improves patient privacy, dignity and infection prevention. You cannot tell when you enter the new wards from the main hospital building, that you are entering a modular building.”

Jan Maguire, Planning Services Manager, University Hospital of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust

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