Modular approach delivers new ward accommodation in just 18 weeks

Darwin Group creates additional facilities for West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust

A modular solution has been used to create a new, fully-integrated decant ward for West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust.

Darwin Group completed the facility – scaling 1,474sq m – in just 18 weeks using modern methods of construction.

The ward will provisionally accommodate existing patients, while the rest of the West Suffolk Hospital building undergoes planned maintenance works.

The two-storey build consists of 32 beds, with six bed bays and two single en-suite rooms, which are linked to the existing hospital, allowing for more-efficient patient transportation.

It also houses support accommodation, including two large centralised nurse bases, utilities, and staff rest and changing rooms.

It was essential that our construction partner could work flexibly to accommodate our needs and we now have a fully-functioning, healthcare-compliant ward

Darwin Group’s in-house team used its unique turnkey service to deliver all stages of this project, from start to finish. 

This enabled the project to be handed over within the tight timescale and with minimal disruption to the live hospital environment.

Tony Floyde, senior project manager at the trust, said: “The construction of the new decant ward has been a huge undertaking and we are very pleased it has been completed within the tight timeframe set.

“It was essential that our construction partner could work flexibly to accommodate our needs and we now have a fully-functioning, healthcare-compliant ward.

“The new facility is a high-spec and efficient solution for our staff and patients and will help us continue to provide high-quality care.” 

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