IN another off-site project, a specialist manufacturer helped increase capacity at a hospital theatre suite.
Following the selection of Cambridge University Hospitals as the regional major trauma centre for the new East of England Trauma Network, off-site construction specialist, Yorkon, has helped to increase theatre capacity.
Working with LSI Architects and main contractor ISG Jackson, Yorkon built a new modular theatre block to help meet the major trauma requirements at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in the east of England. The extension, which was manufactured in York, has provided additional operating theatres to free up capacity for emergency care services.
The complex, part two-storey building is located on a raised steel platform to connect it to the third level of the existing theatre department, and has been built with the potential to be extended by an additional floor. A double cantilever arrangement facilitates patient flows and access to the department’s support facilities.
The theatres were designed to have a floor response factor of 1 and have a concrete floor throughout the clinical areas. The building was also fitted out by Yorkon and includes two theatres, preparation and anaesthetic rooms, offices, equipment store and plant room on the second floor.
Yorkon director Simon Ambler said: “This was a very tight site located within a live hospital environment. The use of an off-site solution benefited the over-all programme and importantly, minimised disruption to patient care.”
The scheme was craned into position in just three days, an operation that involved lifting the steel-framed modules over live power supplies.