Project Description

MPH were called to Frimley Park Hospital, Surrey to deliver a 26-bed, two-storey modular decant ward within a demanding timescale

Works comprised of a fast-track 5-week build programme and 10-week site programme, with a phased handover. All of which was completed on time, and on budget.

Fully project managed by the MPH team, the modular build venture comprised 48 individual units, constructed off-site at the company’s manufacturing base prior to installation. As a result the design team were on hand to implement last minute changes to the specification as instructed by the client, whilst disruption at the hospital was greatly minimised.

As well as patient bed areas, the complete heat/cool air-conditioned structure housed consulting rooms and nurse bay stations, with a link corridor to the main hospital. Technical components to the project were installed to a high specification; facilities for medical gas equipment were designed and implemented by MPH engineers, together with a VRF heat recovery system. The project was fully HTM compliant and included a one-hour fire structure. Architectural features were incorporated into the finished design to ensure that the modular buildings dovetailed with the existing surroundings.

Available space for housing the buildings covering an area of 750sqm was tight and limited to a small existing car park on the premises. The site was unsuitable for a conventional, permanent structure and posed a real challenge. With over 35 years’ experience of supplying modular building solutions however MPH ensured that the buildings were shoehorned into the site with minimum impact to the hospital environment. The modular buildings were transported to site over just two weekends, with a maximum of five delivery vehicles on site at any one time.

Throughout the works, the main hospital was fully operational. Sympathetic to the nature of the project, and because MPH are committed to providing a first class service to their clients, the team were keen to ensure minimal disruption to staff and patients on the site. MPH Managing Director, Matthew Hunt said, “It is of paramount importance to provide an efficient service to clients whilst maintaining the highest standards of customer care. We pride ourselves on putting the client first and adapting to changing circumstances quickly and in a flexible manner”.

A Spokesperson at Frimley said, “The modular buildings are extremely user-friendly and have far exceeded our expectations. We have seen an improvement in facilities at the hospital and we are delighted with the finished product”.

All of the buildings used were Building Regulation compliant and conformed to the Disabled Discrimination Act.

Green issues are high on the agenda at MPH. Modular buildings are environmentally friendly, thermally efficient, as well as offering sustainability, thus reducing the need for disposal of buildings in landfill sites, which has significant environmental implications. Off-site preparation reduces noise pollution, congestion and carbon emissions therefore MPH’s carbon footprint is minimal.