Royal Stoke University Hospital is turning to modular building to help it meet an urgent need for ward and theatre accommodation. The University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust has awarded a £13.5m contract to Portakabin Hire, which will be providing a 4000sq m building in less than four months.
The contract is Portakabin Hire’s largest ever, and will see it providing a two-storey building containing 56 in-patient beds, two theatres, recovery room, dirty and clean utilities, single rooms with ensuite bathrooms, offices and integral plant room. The building, which is set for completion in spring, will be craned into position as 124 steel-framed modules, with wall finishes, internal partitioning, mechanical and electrical services and flooring in place.
The hospital has been among those experiencing extremely high levels of demand over the winter. John Simpson, director of corporate services at the University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust, said of the new building, “It is being built to a very short construction programme so we can have the new facility up and running as early as possible, meeting the increasing demand for services and enhancing patients’ experience.”