MPH administer a modular building antidote to help relieve critical ward space problems at King’s College Hospital in London – and all within just 24 days!
Recognised as one of the busiest Accident & Emergency departments in the country, King’s College Hospital provides the setting for the popular Channel 4 television series ‘24 Hours in A&E’.
As demands on frontline hospital services continue to increase, fast-track additions to existing ward spaces are often prescribed. At King’s College Hospital, MPH responded to an urgent call for a modular building extension to support the stretched A&E department. At the forefront of the modular construction industry, the MPH emergency response team have extensive experience of providing swift remedies to immediate accommodation requirements in the healthcare sector.
From delivery and installation of the modular building on site to patients moving into the new facility was a very impressive twenty four days! All of this was achieved within the framework of a demanding design and build specification and the complexities of working within extremely restricted site constraints. As with almost all hospital environments, space within the overall site is at an absolute premium and project planners are under pressure to deliver innovative solutions to unrelenting and often urgent accommodation demands. Flexible modular build systems offer unique advantages over other forms of construction and often provide the answer when shoehorning quick and controlled medical facilities into the boundaries of crowded hospital estates.
A full turnkey contract encompassing foundation sub-structure, drainage and groundworks, the new Clinical Decisions Unit (CDU) is an assessment ward for patients arriving into the A&E department. Consisting of a fully operational eight-bed ward, the purpose-designed configuration includes a shower room, wheelchair-accessible WC’s, fitted nurse station, kitchen, sluice room and linen store.
Despite the extremely challenging timescale, the clinical specification and modular building performance could not be compromised. Project managed by MPH, the design brief incorporated the installation of sophisticated medical services, bedhead services trunking, medical gases, door and wall protection. A specialist M&E fit-out included a fresh air handling system, heat/cool air conditioning, nurse call and personal attack alarms, integrated fire alarm, data, door access and monitoring systems, all linked to the existing hospital services.
A link corridor was constructed on site to connect the new unit to the existing hospital department, designed to integrate seamlessly with the existing hospital facilities.
Sandwiched between other ongoing hospital building projects, the restricted access represented a major challenge during the on-site construction phase.
Working closely with the project design team and existing site contractors, MPH successfully overcame these logistical problems to keep the demanding build programme on target. In order to meet the pre-Christmas project completion dates, advance work was completed in the manufacturing process prior to delivery and assembly on site. This is another unique advantage when utilising modular building technology and offers impressive time and cost savings for the customer without any reduction in quality or function for the end user.
Engineered to fit hospital budgets, the contract has been individually tailored on a hire basis. All of our permanent and temporary modular construction solutions offer financial flexibility with sale, hire and lease options available to suit all types of healthcare organisations.
Project architect Greg Long commented: “This was a very fast-track project and the whole team provided the new clinical facility in a very efficient manner; there was no disruption to the A&E department – which by its nature had to remain open 24/7.”