Health – Princess Royal Hospital, Modular Theatres

Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust
Contract value:
£3 million
Architecture, Structural & Civil Engineering

Frankham was commissioned to provide architectural and structural engineering services to design and deliver a two theatre Day Surgery Unit at the Princess Royal Hospital. The accommodation comprises of two theatres with support accommodation, Stage 1 recovery ward and three, four bed wards and support facilities.

The theatres were required within a tight time frame, with delivery by Spring 2013, so traditional construction was not an option to satisfy the criteria identified in the OBC. It was therefore identified that an anticipated temporary building for a period of five years is required, the identified solution was to use modular construction. The key advantage with off-site modular construction is the high level of quality achieved within a factory environment, eliminating site issues of quality and infection control sign off. Frankham was appointed by Interserve as the Trust’s P21+ contractor working collaboratively to deliver the scheme within the Trust’s parameters. The Trust has recently become a Major Trauma Centre so this project is a strategic requirement, together with the new major development on the Brighton site.

Frankham has worked with the modular manufacturer to find the best and most economical solution for the building, the site constraints were complicated by its position relative to the existing building and the height difference in floor levels together with the topography of the existing site. The project was further complicated by the existing services located beneath the building footprint, some of which required diversion, in order to accommodate the foundation bases.

To facilitate the planners concern over the temporary loss of car parking on the site, existing buildings were demolished to allow the construction of a new 60 space car park.

Our Architects led the process with the planners and strategic development planning team to ensure pre-application discussions were used to minimise the planning process required to meet the programme, planning was achieved within eight weeks of submission.

The project programme was mutually agreed, identifying the key milestones which need to be achieved, and within the spirit of P21+ the team found solutions together to the benefit of the client.