Modular building market leader Portakabin has today announced the acquisition of healthcare modular buildings specialist Darwin Group in a move that will offer significant benefits to healthcare providers across the UK.

Combining the modular knowledge, scale and financial strength of York-headquartered Portakabin with the specialist healthcare expertise of Darwin Group will now offer healthcare providers both temporary and permanent building solutions to cover all future clinical and non-clinical requirements. 

This union between two of the most respected offsite modular builders in their respective fields is an exciting development for both Portakabin and Darwin Group. We are both passionate about providing the healthcare sector with the most comprehensive range of market-leading products and services, particularly given the considerable pressures on our healthcare professionals today.

Dan Ibbetson, CEO, Portakabin

The acquisition was driven by a shared belief between Portakabin and Darwin Group that every patient should have access to sustainable, world-leading healthcare facilities that empowers clinicians and the broader healthcare system to deliver exceptional care.

An incredibly strong culture runs through the DNA of both businesses, and our commitment to delivering quality healthcare facilities allowing clinicians to enhance patient care makes this a natural fit. We are truly excited to start working together to continue delivering outstanding buildings for our customers.

Richard Pierce, CEO, Darwin Group

Darwin Group is headquartered in Telford, with an organisation of c. 200 employees and a turnover of c. £80m in 2022.

Darwin Group represents a highly strategic acquisition which closely aligns with the pursuit of the longer-term strategic growth ambitions for Portakabin and directly serves to address the growing demand for high quality temporary and permanent building solutions across Europe. 

Portakabin was advised by Stephens (Corporate Finance), Addleshaw Goddard (Legal) and KPMG (Financial and Tax).

Darwin Group was advised by Deloitte (Corporate Finance), DLA Piper (Legal) and PwC (Tax).

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