Hospital Ward Design: 71% Single Rooms

Health Spaces are specialists in hospital modular construction. In this case study, we demonstrate how modular hospital rooms can be rapidly deployed.

The Client

Our Solution

Off-Site Modular Construction


Project in current progress

The Clinical Need

This new healthcare construction project is part of a programme to help provide urgent patient decant space as James Paget University Hospital undergoes remedial work. While this is being undertaken, the James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust requires a new 28 bedded hospital ward in order to continue to provide an excellent level of care for patients as well as providing a supportive work environment for staff.

Due to the nature of this construction work, the hospital team will use the project as a case study for the wider Trust to trial various principles related to the New Hospital Programme (NHP), including incorporating the guidance of multi-bed bays with single-bed rooms.

Single Patient Room designs from Health Spaces | Specialists in hospital modular construction.

The Challenges

Due to the location and urgency of the requirement, the Trust needed rapid deployment with minimal disruption to the live hospital site’s operations, including to patient and staff flow.

In developing a new 28 bedded decant ward, the Trust needed to navigate incorporating the New Hospital Programme (NHP) guidance, working closely with our architects to carefully consider the hospital ward designs, which required detailed investigation of the advantages and disadvantages to layouts, space vs cost, patient and staff experience and infection prevention and control.

The location of this new healthcare build would also require a crane to be in close proximity to busy areas of the hospital.

“Understanding that the design of the ward is intrinsically tied to how you nurse that ward has been one of the most enriching processes of this design process to date.” – Jaime Bishop, architect.

Hospital modular construction provides clear benefits to the NHS including minimal disruption to a hospital's operations as well as a rapid hospital build. | Health Spaces is a specialist MMC construction company.

Our Solution

Responding quickly with a site visit and working closely with the Trust’s clinician and estates teams to understand the specific needs of the hospital’s individual requirements – including patient experience, clinical outcomes and operational efficiencies –  our healthcare architects worked with the Trust to create a detailed design brief. 

Through a deep discovery phase with the hospital team, the designs were evolved in partnership with the Trust, creating a combination of multi-bed bay wards and single-bed rooms (71% single-bed rooms).

To provide a bespoke rapid build with minimal disruption to the wider hospital, Health Spaces will be utilising Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) to build a modular hospital construction.

The new hospital ward will be built off-site as a pre-constructed modular solution. Bespoke modular units will be manufactured off-site to 75% completion and delivered to the hospital via articulated lorries to ensure for minimal disruption to the hospital. This will follow a short installation process. 

Providing a hospital modular construction has enabled the Trust to trial various principles related to the New Hospital Programme. To meet the healthcare design team and understand how the ward designs were developed, watch our Journey Towards Single In-Patient Rooms webinar.

Current Progress – Hospital Modular Construction

Our hospital ward designs have now been completed ready for the next stage of the project.

“Constructing this new ward is an exciting and important project for the Trust – and brings two benefits. Firstly, it will give us additional capacity so we can continue a programme of precautionary remedial works to our hospital roof in our ward areas. In addition, by incorporating the latest specifications, it will provide us with valuable information to assist with ward design within our new hospital, for the benefit of both our patients and staff.” – Mark Flynn, James Paget University Hospital Director of Strategic Projects.


Health Spaces are specialists in healthcare design and hospital modular construction. | This hospital construction project is designed to be built and delivered rapidly.

“Architecture is at its most rewarding when we work closely with building users;  clinical and non-clinical – staff and patients.  We can solve difficult problems and help to evolve new practices together, while always looking ahead to future opportunities and needs.” – Jaime Bishop, architect.

Our healthcare design team will work with your NHS Trust to understand your individual needs to create a healthcare construction project which will be tailored to your individual requirements.

Infection Control

Hospital wards have a high throughput of patients which increases the risk of infection transmission. Health Spaces have worked with the Trust to ensure the space is designed to be easily cleaned and decontaminated, and methods of built-in infection control explored to ensure the clinical teams can effectively prevent and control any infection risk.