Off-Site Modular Construction
Off-Site Modular Construction
Units arrive to site pre-constructed, 1 day installation
The Clinical Need
To help improve patient experience by increasing space for staff operations, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust urgently needed to extend its Radiology Department at Leicester General Hospital, creating a CDH reporting centre. The space required reporting for six operators, including a breakout space, WC and kitchenette.
Due to the location of the space, Leicester General Hospital needed to ensure for rapid deployment with minimal disruption to services. The urgent nature of the requirement did not allow for a traditional construction to be built at site – Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) were required for this hospital construction.
Working within a constrained programme and budget, the design proposed by the Health Spaces team needed to provide the most appropriate lighting conditions to support the radiologists when reviewing the x-rays.
Responding quickly with a site visit, the Health Spaces team worked closely with University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust to understand the challenge and the wider plan across the Leicester General Hospital site.
We developed a bespoke turnkey modular build, complete with six radiology reporting desks, four screens per desk, dimmable lighting for each reporting station, soundproof barriers between desks, cooling and ventilation. In addition, the space provides a breakout space for staff, complete with kitchenette and WC. The modular units have been manufactured off-site ensuring for a rapid on-site deployment.
“Once we got to site, the benefits of modular construction became immediately apparent – the minimal ground works and infrastructure installations meant that within a week the disruptive works were complete, and even these were limited to minimal excavations and we had no noise complaints from elsewhere on the site!” – Oliver Needham, Capital Project Manager.
Our modular units were manufactured off-site to ensure for minimal disruption for the Trust’s operations, and have now been delivered to the site at Leicester General Hospital. Due to the nature of this modular build, our deliveries to and from the hospital were minimal. The modular units were delivered by an articulated HGV vehicles, and unloaded using mobile craneage which was coordinated with the Trust’s site management and health and safety teams. All deliveries were managed via ‘Just In Time’ methods. Following delivery, a short installation process was undertaken before being ready for staff to use.
“The minimal disruption to our day to day operations that this Modern Method of Construction (MMC) offers is a serious advantage over traditional building techniques, and our colleagues in Radiology are very much looking forward to the new facility being operational in a matter of weeks.”
We have added the discrete breakout space to the project, within contrasting levels of natural light and views, to support the users’ eye health by changing conditions and depth of viewing field compared to the close-up inspection of clinical images.
While we await the publication of the new Health Building Note concerning imaging, this is in line with the recommendations of the Radiology – GIRFT Programme National Specialty Report, which states: “Several Trusts we visited have introduced shared reporting rooms, with appropriate lighting and workstations, to make it easier to view images. These facilities also serve to encourage collaborative working between members of the radiology team – particularly important for trainees as they begin to take on more responsibility and reporting radiographers. Alongside these core reporting stations, these facilities should also have separate spaces for group discussion, so that the whole team is not disturbed by that conversation…”.
The space is designed to be easily cleaned and decontaminated using methods of built-in infection control to ensure clinical teams can effectively prevent and control any infection risk.
Benefits to Modular Construction
“The modular construction route offered us multiple advantages over traditional construction methods for our new radiology reporting facility. The ability to complete the minimal groundworks and infrastructure installations whilst the building was being manufactured offsite, greatly reduced the overall programme of works, and meant that we were able to guarantee delivery of the facility with a late funding allocation. The speed of deployment and a wholly in-house delivery team also resulted in significant cost savings for the Trust when compared to traditional building methods.” – Amanda Hancock, Capital Programme Manager.