Modern methods of construction (MMC) used to deliver project with minimal disruption on site
The decant ward will enable services to continue as improvements are made to the existing buildings
MMC specialist, MTX, will lead the £7.5m expansion of services at West Yorkshire’s Pinderfields Hospital.
The project will provide Pinderfields Hospital with a new decant ward to relocate patients while essential remodelling and refurbishment work on existing facilities take place.
The development begins as the NHS aims to deliver approximately nine million more tests and checks by 2025.
And decant wards are crucial to achieving these targets as they increase capacity for procedures and scans.
Pinderfields Hospital’s new decant ward will enable flexibility, allowing for the renovation of state-of-the-art units.
These are designed to deliver more modern healthcare and will provide vital upgrades to services, ultimately improving the patient experience while also increasing capacity and reducing backlog pressures on the NHS.
The first phase of the project is well underway, with the onsite groundworks and foundation stages of the critical care unit decant ward nearing completion.
When complete, this will include a new room, donning and doffing areas for hospital staff, and a bariatric care unit.
Offsite, the main building modules are under construction and are due to be installed from the end of next month.
The second phase of the project is due to commence 15 months after the completion of phase one.
This involves converting the open critical care ward into four-bed wards and the donning and doffing areas into single bedrooms to increase capacity.
The fully-compliant MMC build is reducing construction times by up to 50% and wastage by up to 60%, while still delivering high standards.
The project will support the trust’s requirements for limited disruption and speed of delivery and allow the hospital to continue its operations throughout the works.
Jonathan Leech, project lead at MTX, said: “We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Pinderfields Hospital to showcase our flexible and multifunctional MMC solutions.
“The decant ward will assist in both developing and renovating new hospital wards. Additionally, this will relieve pressure on existing facilities to help increase capacity, ease the backlogs, and shorten delays for operations, treatments, and screenings.”