Outpatient building contact awarded for King’s College Hospital
Offsite manufacturing firm Premier Modular has won a £21 million contract to construct a new outpatient services building at King’s College Hospital in London.
The building will provide 48 purpose-designed consultation rooms and eight procedure rooms for a range of services, including dermatology, rheumatology, respiratory, neurosciences, pain management, and urology as well as other aspects of surgery and therapies. Constructed offsite, the building will allow the trust to free up space within the main hospital in a bid to reduce waiting times and improve its urgent care services.
Premier stated that the 3,450 square metre, four-storey scheme is largest single healthcare project in its 65-year history.
Premier Modular stated that the façade design will be contemporary and complement the existing buildings on the hospital campus. A double-height feature entrance will provide visibility externally and allow high levels of natural light for the reception and waiting area. The company added that the interior design has been developed in collaboration with clinicians and patient representatives and will be “crisp and modern, whilst assisting patients with sensory needs”.
As main contractor, Premier will lead the project team which includes construction company Claritas, P+HS Architects, and mechanical and engineering firm TClarke.
Dan Allison, divisional director at Premier Modular, said: “The use of an offsite solution for this project will ensure faster delivery and earlier occupation, to the benefit of patient care. Offsite construction is safer, quieter and cleaner than in-situ construction, which will radically reduce disruption during the build phase to staff and patients, and the surrounding residential community. This type of building solution is also enormously beneficial on restricted hospital sites such as this, reducing the amount of plant, materials, and vehicle movements to site by undertaking as much work in the factory as we can.
“We are working to a short programme to bring these state-of-the art facilities into use as early as possible this year, to the benefit of patients and to assist with the rising demand for hospital services.”
Stephen Hatcher, associate at P+HS Architects, added: “The building is designed to minimise impact on the environment over its life and is targeting a BREEAM [Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method] excellent rating. It will have areas of green roof to encourage biodiversity, a highly insulated building fabric to reduce heat loss and running costs, energy-efficient ventilation and electric air source heat pump system for heating, and solar panels for electricity generation.”
Date published: January 7, 2022