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ESS modular is a leading modular construction company boasting more than three decades of experience in providing building solutions to the market.
Since 2016, ESS Modular has more than doubled in size and directly employs over 200 staff across four sites and two manufacturing facilities in London, Manchester, Dublin and Belfast.
The company has significant expertise in the residential, healthcare, commercial sectors and services the education sector through its specialist education business Spatial Initiative.
State of the art 40-bed ward extension
This project involved the completion Ireland’s largest modular ward extension - a state of the art 3,300 square metre, 40-bed ward extension at South Tipperary General Hospital. The development consists of a two-storey accommodation block linked to the main hospital. It features 40 en-suite bedrooms, reception and lounge areas, kitchen facilities, staff changing rooms, store rooms and drug preparation facilities.
South Tipperary General Hospital is located in Clonmel, Co. Tipperary and provides acute general and maternity services to a catchment area of South Tipperary, North Tipperary and West Waterford. Using a precision manufacturing process, ESS Modular manufactured the new building offsite, significantly reducing the time required on site. The new hospital facility was delivered in less than 12 months.
Maria Barry, General Manager, South Tipperary General Hospital said, ““This new building provides the hospital with a modern department that will facilitate the delivery of safe, effective and efficient patient care. It will assist in the reducing significantly the numbers of patients who are currently treated on trolleys in clinically inappropriate spaces and it will reduce the level of over-crowding on the wards and within the Emergency Department.
The staff welcomes the development as it provides a physical environment area that is bright and spacious allowing our staff to care for patients with dignity. It also provides greater patient privacy and comfort as all rooms are single and en suite. In addition it will allow us to safely manage patients who require isolation, thus preventing and controlling the spread of infection. I would like to acknowledge the work of ESS Modular, HSE Estates and hospital management who’s collaboration and communication ensured a successful build within 12 months.”
Each floor boasts 20 new bedrooms and the ground floor has been allocated as ‘Surgical 3’ as it directly links to the surgical area of the main hospital. The first floor will be used as a general ward block, known as ‘Medical 4’. The bedrooms vary in size to accommodate different usages including: Semi Ambulant; Bariatric; Fully Ambulant; and Assisted Bedrooms.
The modular ward extension was designed by ESS Modular who partnered with O’Connell Mahon Architects and Arup Consultants to bring the works from planning stage through to detailed design, contractor tender and construction. The design brief specified the need for a naturally ventilated building and with this in mind, all bedrooms were designed on the building perimeter and fitted large openable windows with the main clinical rooms centrally located and fed from an Air Handling Unit. The new building is split into two blocks which works with the geography of the site and allows for direct access from the corridor of the new building on ground floor direct to the central corridor and stairwell of the main hospital.
In addition to the delivery of the new building, ESS Modular was also responsible for all ground works which featured a site clearance, a reduced level dig, radon and under building drainage, building of a 140m retaining wall, foundations, connection of mains water, gas and electric connection, provision of a 171m3 attenuation tank and soft landscaping.
ESS Modular has installed and completed the first batch of modular homes, which will provide much needed accommodation for homeless families in London, on a test site in Tower Hamlets.
The prototype units for PLACE (the Pan-London Accommodation Collaborative Enterprise), a not-for-profit company established by London Councils. PLACE has a mission to use modular housing to address the severe shortage of high-quality temporary accommodation for homeless families.
The initiative is supported by £11 million in funding from the Mayor of London and represents the first collaboration between UK local authorities purchasing modular housing for this purpose.
Designed with council housing and homelessness experts and meeting all PLACE’s specifications, the units were manufactured by ESS Modular, a leading provider of modular homes and buildings.
Paul Tierney, CEO of ESS Modular, said: “It is an honour for ESS Modular to work with PLACE on this important project which will provide high-quality, local accommodation for people needing a home. Using modern methods of construction, our precision-manufactured homes deliver the quality of a permanent home but offer the additional benefit that they can be relocated to another site needing urgent accommodation at a later date.”
PLACE accommodation meets all London design requirements and building control regulations. The modular homes will be placed on vacant ‘meanwhile’ sites – land earmarked for development in the long term - which would otherwise remain underused for at least the next seven years.
Sir Steve Bullock, chair of PLACE, said:
“This is an exciting step forward in our mission to boost the supply of high-quality accommodation for homeless Londoners. Designed and manufactured to strict standards and with the needs of homeless families at the forefront of our minds, PLACE’s modular housing is attractive, comfortable, and spacious. This is accommodation that families will enjoy living in and we can’t wait to see boroughs start to use our units over the coming year.”
Following the successful assembly of the prototypes on the Tower Hamlets test site, PLACE is working with participating boroughs to confirm sites and accommodate homeless households within the next year. Tower Hamlets and several other boroughs are looking into suitable locations and PLACE aims to supply 200 homes across the capital by February 2022.
John Biggs, mayor of Tower Hamlets, said: “We’re really pleased to be involved in this exciting initiative. It could make a real difference to how we accommodate homeless Londoners at a time when our city is experiencing an ongoing housing crisis.
“I am glad we’ve been able to host these test units in Tower Hamlets. We’ve already identified a site for the first modular homes and in the coming weeks we hope to secure planning permission. It’s important that we think outside the box to tackle these complex challenges and this programme is doing just that.”
Tom Copley, London’s deputy mayor for housing & residential development, said:
“PLACE shows what can be done when City Hall, councils and innovative construction and tech industries work together to tackle one of our city’s most pressing issues.
“Homeless people and those living in temporary accommodation deserve high-quality homes. This project will not only help improve the housing available for homeless families and reduce the cost of providing temporary accommodation for local authorities, but will hopefully drive innovation in house building, showing the potential of precision-manufactured housing.”
PLACE was developed by the London Housing Directors’ Group and the umbrella body London Councils in response to the capital’s worsening homelessness crisis and the chronic shortage of temporary accommodation options. London accounts for two-thirds of homelessness in England, with more than 60,000 London households currently living in temporary accommodation.
Jackie Odunoye, co-chair of the London Housing Directors’ Group, said:
“London is in the midst of the worst housing crisis in the country and boroughs face enormous pressure finding suitable accommodation for homeless residents.
“It’s fantastic to see the arrival of PLACE’s prototype units, which will provide a high-quality, affordable and local option for councils, helping to ensure that homeless residents stay close to their schools, jobs, and support networks.”
Boroughs face particular challenges finding family-sized accommodation, so PLACE’s units will all be two or three-bedroom properties – with all bedrooms doubles. Each unit will have a private front door and private amenity space (gardens or balconies). There is also a wheelchair accessible unit design, which will account for 10 per cent of the total number delivered.
Cllr Darren Rodwell, London Councils? executive member for housing and planning, said: “In the face of a worsening housing crisis, this project represents boroughs thinking differently and working together to deliver cutting-edge new modular homes across the capital for use as temporary accommodation. PLACE demonstrates our determination to collaborate, innovate, and improve accommodation options for homeless families.”
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