Fast-track S136 Suites

Mental health modular suites

A development of our modular hospital construction solutions, we are supporting NHS Trusts and the private sector across the UK with our latest work in mental health design to create modular Section 136 Suites. Available for rapid deployment to site, Section 136 Suites offer a place of safety, where individuals can be assessed by mental health professionals in a safe and appropriate setting.

Section 136 Suites

By utilising dedicated Section 136 Suites rather than sending individuals to a noisy police cell or busy A&E department, patients are given the support and privacy at a time when they need it most. Relieving the pressure of space and urgency of treatment, our fast-track modular Section 136 Suites are available in less than six months.

A place of safety

The Section 136 Suite is a place of safety, security, and comfort for individuals who have been arrested by the police under the Section 136 of the Mental Health Act following concerns that they are suffering from a mental disorder. Once these individuals are in the suite, they’re assessed to establish whether they need treatment.

A therapeutic modular solution

Our purpose-designed Modular 2 Assessment Room Suites have been developed with a multi-agency team to respond to CQC and RCP guidance. These mental health modular suites are designed for integration onto existing community, acute and multi service sites and allow for maximised safety, security, privacy and dignity.

• Generous rooms with lounge and bed areas

• Integrated shower and toilet facilities

• Shared observation base with maximised observation options

• Therapeutic environment with natural light and remote blind controls

• Robust construction with optional finishes to all areas

• Doors and FF&E delivered with industry leading partners to maximise ligature and anti-tamper levels

• Optional secure courtyard access, secure drop off area, en-suite lock-back doors, grouped installation to achieve 4, 6, 8 assessment room arrangements.

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Robust design: Section 136 Suite performance and compliance

  • HBN 03-01 Facilities for acute adult mental health units
  • HBN 03-02 Facilities for child and adolescent mental health services
  • HTM 04-01 Safe water in healthcare premises
  • All relevant and emerging HBN and HTMs
  • The Royal College of Psychiatrists CR159: ‘Standards on the use of Section 136 of the Mental Health Act 1983 (England and Wales)’
  • The Royal College of Emergency Medicine Guide to Section 136 Suites
  • Building Regulations Part M
  • CQC – ‘A safer place to be’
  • BREEAM Excellent Option

Bespoke design & scalable configurations

The Section 136 Suites can be scaled up as required – grouped installation can achieve multiple assessment spaces that can be bespoke to your needs.

  • Configuration and layout to suit your individual requirements.
  • Bespoke and tailored design available.
By using an MMC Construction Company, the NHS can take advantage of rapid healthcare construction with little disruption to a hospital site.

Benefits to using pre-constructed modules

Utilising off-site volumetric MMC methods, our modular buildings can arrive to site between 70% and 95% complete, depending on a Trust’s individual requirements, ensuring for minimal disruption to live operations, with installation within six months including planning (subject to existing site conditions).

• Reduced programme time

• Vastly reduced site activity; modular units arrive via lorry utilising ‘just in time’ methodology

• Scalable design – units work independently and as a group

• Available for fast deployment – installation within six months

• Capital or weekly rental solutions are available (price dependent on size)

Procurement routes

  • NHS Shared Business Services: Supplier: Inivos Ltd t/a Health Spaces

Framework Agreement: Lot 1: Bespoke Modular Buildings for Purchase​. Offer Reference Number: SBS10091​. Period of Agreement: 5th July 2021 – 4th July 2023 with the option to extend to a further 2 years​. Find a Tender Service Reference Number: 2021-583374​. Contract Reference Number: SBS10091

  • ESPO Framework Number: 953_22 Modular Buildings

Framework Period: 1st February 2022 – 31st January 2024​. Lot 2A: Modular Healthcare Buildings – Hire​. Lot 2B: Modular Healthcare Buildings – Purchase 

End-to-end design expertise

Our design team is led by healthcare architects Jaime Bishop, Richard Henson and Kai Xin Tan.

With over 20 years of UK mental health design expertise in new build and refurbishment for healthcare, we provide healthcare providers with best-practice designs and layout in line with Section 136 of The Mental Health Act.

Door systems for mental health

Our Section 136 Suites will come fitted with door systems provided by Kingsway Group, specialist door providers for mental health environments.

Doors have long been a patient and staff safety risk within a mental health facility. To counter this problem, Kingsway Group manufacture a range of complete anti-ligature door systems that improve patient safety and deliver a specific solution for every area in a mental health environment.

Request our Section 136 Suite brochure

To find out more about our mental health modular suites, to request a brochure or organise a site visit from our mental health designers, please get in touch.


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