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Hospital moves into six-storey Portakabin unit while builders are in

3 Dec 14 A hospital in Brighton has placed a £10m order for Portakabin temporary buildings to enable services to continue while redevelopment is going on.

Prefabricated clinical building
Prefabricated clinical building

The Portakabin Group will supply two prefabricated buildings to provide clinical services during the 3Ts redevelopment of the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton. One will be three storeys high and the other will be Portakabin’s first six-storey structure for the health sector.

The £10m contract was procured under the ProCure21 framework and uses a Yorkon off-site solution.

Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust has Laing O’Rourke as main contractor for its £420m 3Ts redevelopment, which will provide new facilities for tertiary, trauma and teaching services. The two modular buildings are scheduled for completion in autumn 2015 and will provide purpose-designed accommodation for clinical services, giving space for the site redevelopment while enabling continuity of care.

The six-storey building will remain on site until stage one of the 3Ts Redevelopment is completed in 2019. The facility is designed to accommodate cardiac, gamma and specialist CT (computerised tomography) machines on the ground floor.  The three-storey building will remain on site until a new cancer centre is completed towards the end of the redevelopment.

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Portakabin said that the Yorkon modular solution means that the facilities will be built to permanent standards, with a 60-year design life and in compliance with NHS requirements. However, they also have the flexibility to be relocated to another site later. Off-site construction is also reducing the programme time to allow an earlier start for the main redevelopment. 

The steel-framed modules will arrive on site around 35% fitted out, and the first building will be handed over within six months of arrival on site.

Portakabin Group director Simon Ambler said: “Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust is an existing Portakabin Group client, who we are delighted to be working with again.  This is a highly complex contract which will involve constructing two Yorkon buildings with detailed technical specifications, on an extremely constrained and busy hospital site, in a short time frame and simultaneously.

“The clinical building is also our first six-storey scheme in the healthcare sector which demonstrates the advanced performance capabilities of our Yorkon off-site solutions.”

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