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Client

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

Building Use

Health

Project Duration

20 weeks

Procurement Method

Buy

Why buy from Portakabin

Project Features

  • Complex logistics and meticulous planning throughout
  • Maintain access at all times for buses and ambulances
  1. The Requirements

    1,284m2 of purposed-designed, permanent office and meeting room space was needed by the University Hospital of Southampton, for around 85 staff. The Medical Physics and Dietetics teams were relocating from outdated temporary facilities that could then be demolished, allowing the construction of a seven-storey car park.

  2. The Solution

    This programme-driven scheme was on the critical path for a wider project and after less than five months on site, Portakabin handed over a £2 million, four-storey building. The upper two floors of the office scheme will provide additional space for the Trust’s future expansion without any further impact on the hospital site. Portakabin worked on the project with Interserve Prime, which is in a joint venture Commercial Estates Development Partnership with the Trust to develop a programme of new hospital facilities.

    Portakabin was appointed as design and build contractor for the project, and manufactured the facility using an off-site solution. The site is in the centre of the hospital and was extremely constrained, fronting a busy road and next to a number of clinical buildings. Fast completion was essential so work could be started on the car park development as soon as possible.

Portakabin had to undertake complex logistics and meticulous planning throughout to manage traffic flows and maintain access at all times for bus and ambulance routes and for around 800 deliveries each day along the road immediately adjacent to the site. Because of the severely restricted working area, the Portakabin building modules were craned into position around 70% fitted out, with partitions, plumbing and electrics pre-installed in the factory to further reduce work on site.

Portakabin met all the requirements in an extremely tight timescale. This allowed us to progress other essential development works, to the benefit of patients and staff.

Ben Gwilliam, Development Manager, Interserve Prime

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