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  1. Modular Construction Is The Obvious Choice For A Health Sector Under Pressure

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    Modular construction has an increasingly vital place within the health sector in the UK. With the Government “Construction Playbook” also backing modular construction, there are huge opportunities for the sector.

    The speed with which high quality modular buildings can be constructed is one of the main reasons for their popularity within the health sector. Speed is absolutely of the essence for a sector consistently under pressure to expand its services.

    The Government is fully behind modular construction for healthcare

    Recently, the UK Government announced that more than 50 new ‘surgical hubs’ will eventually be delivered across the country .

    There are currently 91 of these modular hubs already being used by the NHS to try to bring down waiting lists that have backed up since COVID-19 disrupted the UK. Surgical hubs are just one type of modular building that the health sector is using to mitigate waiting lists, backed up services and lack of space.

    Modular buildings play a crucial role in long term resilience planning for the NHS, as we saw in many cases during the pandemic. Now, however, they’re a major part of the plans to specifically tackle the elective care waiting lists.

    This effectively separates emergency care and elective care, which helps to properly manage procedures while minimising disruption that future surges of COVID-19 may cause.

    Benefits of modular construction for healthcare

    The surgical hubs are standalone modular blocks that greatly help to reduce the massive backlog currently facing the UK’s health services.

    Modular buildings can be built and implemented on site very quickly compared with traditional building projects. They can also be situated somewhere away from the emergency care or main hospital or health centre facilities and can be installed on pretty much any type of land that’s spare on site.

    This speed is the crucial benefit for health services under great strain, and of course, modular buildings can be easily shifted to different sites if necessary. For the NHS in particular, this is a significant benefit as NHS Trusts work together to cover care where it’s needed most.

    Thurston Group offer flexible solutions for healthcare

    Modular buildings don’t just work on a cost benefit level, or to improve patient access to services, however. They can also take the strain off NHS staff, who have been working under immense pressure since COVID-19 arrived.

    There has been plenty of media coverage of the stress the NHS workforce is under, and the shortages in staff numbers. Modular buildings can be designed as staff welfare spaces, as well as extra office, ward or surgery space as and when needed.

    At Thurston, we have total control over manufacturing and design, which means we can be flexible with design and on-site management. Modular healthcare buildings can be delivered in half the time as traditional techniques – something that the NHS and healthcare is particularly interested in.

    We build 90% of the solutions in our UK-based factories and then install them directly on-site, fully equipped and ready to use. All of this greatly reduces any potential disruption to the health centre or hospital, which has obvious benefits for patients and people using the services.

    Fast turnaround on fully equipped modular buildings

    Our turnkey solution for healthcare modular construction means we can had over the buildings absolutely ready to go. We can also offer a vast range of internal design features specific to different healthcare needs, covering all of the hygiene control standards necessary.

    Bed-head services are installed, including medical gas dispensers, communication systems and entertainment systems for the patients. Thurston’s galvanised modular system is guaranteed for up to six decades of use and is BBA approved.

    All of our buildings also have the requisite floor strength for compliance purposes, and all relevant Health Technical Memorandums (HTM) and Health Building Notices (HBN) are covered as standard.

    Use cases for modular buildings within healthcare

    As you can see, the modular buildings we construct and supply for healthcare can be tailored to the many different use cases. They can be fully customised based on the client’s specific needs, but also to their specific timescale – we fully understand the need for a speedy yet high quality service throughout.

    There are many different applications within healthcare for modular buildings including (but not limited to):

    • Operating Theatres.
    • Ward accommodation.
    • Laboratories.
    • Clean Rooms.
    • Bed Storage.
    • Urgent Care Units.
    • Outpatient and Ambulatory care.
    • MRI & CT scanning facilities.
    • Data centres.
    • Pharmacies.
    • Mortuaries.
    • Office space.
    • Welfare space for staff.
    • Changing rooms and showers.
    • Equipment cleaning stations.

    During our 50+ years in modular construction, we have worked with clients across the healthcare sector. These include private clinics and NHS Trusts and, as with all of our projects, is a turnkey solution from consultation and design all the way through to installation.

    Thurston has designed, built and installed temporary and permanent healthcare facilities all across the country. Recent clients include Public Health England, University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust, Tameside & Glossop NHS Trust, and The University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust among many others.

    We have also manufactured a significant number of testing and vaccination units specifically for COVID-19. Our expert knowledge of the healthcare sector underpins the whole process of manufacturing and installing modular solutions.

    To help with procurement, we are also fully approved via the NHS Shared Business Services, Modular Building framework meaning we have a range of pre-designed and costed building solutions that you can award quickly.

  2. 5 Benefits of Modular Healthcare Buildings

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    Modular buildings are increasingly being used in a range of industries, from hospitality and communications to corporate sectors – with the healthcare sector currently featuring the highest use of prefabricated buildings. Currently, there are several different types of modular healthcare buildings in use, including:

    • Modular hospitals
    • Medical laboratories
    • Patient care centres
    • Dental clinics
    • Primary care clinics
    • Mobile/permanent urgent care centres

    If you’re looking further into modular healthcare buildings, here are five benefits of such for you to consider:

    1. No site disruption

    The offsite construction of modular healthcare buildings operates in a factory-controlled environment, meaning that there are fewer equipment and material suppliers operating on the final construction site and in turn leading to less truck traffic, noise, and waste disruptions. Less disruption paves the way for reduced risk as problems associated with dirt, moisture and impractical work conditions are minimised. Modular buildings follow a streamlined approach to construction which fosters a more efficient atmosphere and leads to greater worksite productivity.

    2. Decreased environmental impact

    Offsite modular constructions methods produce less waste volume when compared to site-built structures; the controlled environment in which they’re created leaves less room for error and reconstruction waste, leaving less of an impact on the environment. Noise and air pollution are also reduced with less time being spent making deliveries to the worksite – all of which is consistent with the high health and safety standards of both the healthcare industry and here at Thurston Group.

    3. Reduced costs

    A modular healthcare building often takes less time to construct than site-built structures which impacts the overall cost of construction. The cost of on-site access and labour personnel is also reduced. Healthcare buildings are created according to the strict controlled standards as site-built healthcare facilities but prove far more cost effective. As well as this, the healthcare industry can benefit from a higher return on investment (ROI) because they can be completed in a shorter timeframe.

    4. Quicker construction

    Prefabricated structures can be built in almost half the time that it takes to build a structure in the traditional way; various components of a modular structure can be manufactured while on-site operations are underway and there’s no contending with sub-contractor delays or adverse weather conditions that can slow down the manufacturing process.

    Additionally, healthcare facilities usually require periodic upgrades on equipment and technologies. Prefabricated buildings allow for new structures to be added faster down the line without disrupting the normal functioning of the building.

    5. Safer construction

    Safety is a key consideration when it comes to the construction of any building, especially those in the healthcare industry. The risk of accidents occurring is greatly reduced with off-site modular construction, as a large percentage of construction activities take place away from the site. This eliminates a significant amount of construction hazards and helps reduce costs associated with time delays, damaged equipment or tools, clean-up costs, insurance and penalties.

    Modular healthcare buildings deliver a range of benefits and are definitely a leading consideration in the future of healthcare construction. Here at Thurston Group, we are a leading supplier of modular buildings for a range of different industries – including the healthcare sector. Contact us today for more information.