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Modular Building Facilitates Basildon Hospital Expansion

posted: 18th Mar 2013

As a result of an explosion in winter illnesses last year, Basildon Hospital experienced an unexpected surge in the number of sick patients requiring treatment. 

This necessitated in an urgent demand for temporary space in which to accommodate a number of additional patient beds. 

A number of possible solutions were considered but eventually it was decided to look at renting a pre-fabricated modular building. The hospital had secured a modular building earlier from Portable Offices in Luton to provide an extension to the pathology laboratory and had been happy with the building and service and so contacted Portable Offices once again.

John Barnes, Estates Project Manager of Basildon Hospital, commented: “When we purchased modular space to extend our pathology department we were impressed with the value for money and service that we received from Portable Offices and so decided to contact them about our urgent need for temporary patient accommodation.”

Portable Offices turned around the drawings in record time and while the building modules were being fabricated, groundwork contractors were already constructing the foundations and laying the drainage ready to site the new temporary ward.

Neil Christie, Manager of Portable Offices Luton, explains how they collaborated with the hospital team to bring the optimum design to fruition: “We ensured that the operational needs of the hospital were met by working closely with the nurses and the hospital team to produce a design that was not only practical but that would also exceed patients’ requirements and expectations. We also produced a series of feasibility studies to ensure the project direction was correct from the early stages onwards.”

Designs were signed off by mid-November and by mid-December the building modules were delivered to site. In less than a month, notwithstanding Christmas in between, the new ward was handed over and the first patients were accepted into the ward on January 12th.

Fully equipped with alarms, security doors, IT, medical gases, electrics, patient bathrooms and toilets, staff restroom, office reception, clinical areas, utility rooms and reception, the new ward accommodation has proved to be a godsend to Basildon Hospital.

John Barnes highlights the most impressive aspects of the contract delivery: “The speed of fabrication and installation were exceptional with only seven weeks from design sign-off to handover. The quality and standard of the unit – warm, light, bright and modern - was significantly superior when compared to a number of competitors. The building was also exceptional value for money, far more cost-effective than other options and this, combined with the outstanding service from the Portable Offices’ team, made it a resounding success.”

Manager, Neil Christie, concluded: “There were a number of challenges, the main one centring on the tight time constraints which meant that we were under enormous pressure to deliver the optimum design, quality product that was fully equipped within a very narrow window of install opportunity. However, one of the benefits of portable accommodation and modular buildings is its adaptability and flexibility.”


The Portable Offices’ team succeeded in managing the contract and planning to ensure that all site workers including those from the other parties involved played their own important role in what became a seamless operation of almost military precision.

The team is on hand to service companies’ and organisations’ accommodation needs and aims to provide a speedy, professional, cost-effective, turnkey service.

Visit the website to find out more at:  www.portableoffices.co.uk

Alternatively call Portable Offices on 0800 832 9720