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Project - Royal Stoke University Hospital
Supplier - Portakabin
A highly complex, 4,200sqm two-storey ward and theatre building at Royal Stoke University Hospital has been constructed by Portakabin Hire in less than four months to help meet the increasing demand for orthopaedic services.
The £13.5 million contract is the largest in the 52-year history of the Portakabin Group's Hire Division and the project is one of its most challenging schemes in terms of programme and site constraints.
The structure for the high quality patient facility was installed in just 18 days which included weekend working to minimise disruption to the hospital's service provision as there were fully operational wards immediately adjacent to the new building. This construction solution allowed the project to be built in the shortest possible time to the benefit of patient care.
The purpose-designed scheme, which will be in use for the next five years, has provided 56 new in-patient beds, two large state-of-the-art, clean air theatres for all orthopaedic procedures, recovery room, 'dirty' and 'clean' utilities, single rooms with en-suite bathrooms, staff changing rooms, reception, kitchenette, offices, 33-person 'crash team' lift, and an integral plant room.
Commenting on the project, John Simpson, Director of Corporate Services at University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust, said "This type of construction allowed us to benefit from a much shorter delivery programme so we could have the new facility up and running more quickly, meeting the increasing demand for services and enhancing patients' experience."
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