Princess Alexandra Hospital Trust

Building Use

27-bed urgent care ward

Project Duration

Less than 4 months

Procurement Method


Why hire from portakabin

Project Features

  • Built on a steel frame to allow car parking beneath
  • Medical gases
  • Bedhead trunking
  • Bespoke link at first floor level to main hospital
  • Complete medical fitout with integrated panel
  1. The Requirements

    To meet growing patient demand, the Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust could only build upwards on its cramped site at Hamstel Road in Harlow.

    Turning to Portakabin as the only contractor capable of delivering the ward space they urgently needed before the Christmas deadline, the hospital Trust engaged with the Portakabin design team, who commenced with engineering a
    bespoke frame above the hospital’s busy car park.

  2. The Solution

    Charnley ward is a 27-bed ward for surgery patients designed to expand capacity, ease pressure on the Emergency Department and improve patient flow. It is co-located next to operating theatres, providing a smooth transition for the patients to a ward bed following surgery.

    As a surgery ward with direct access from the emergency department, it allows specialist care and better clinical adjacencies which means faster admission and improved flow in the A&E department.

As a dedicated surgical ward, Charnley ward co-locates patients next to operating theatres and makes a smoother patient journey, better outcomes and enhanced experience for our patients. It provides more spacious, modern facilities, with air conditioning and en-suite bathrooms, which helps patient recovery and enhances their experience.

Raul Silva, Charnley Ward Manager, Princess Alexandra Hospital Trust

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