Kier Awards £10m Off-Site Hospital Contract to Yorkon

Kier Eastern has awarded a £10m subcontract to Portakabin subsidiary, Yorkon, for the off-site construction of a new hospital building at Colchester General Hospital.

Designed by Tangram Architects, the £20m ProCure21 project is the biggest development in the hospital’s recent history and will increase the Trust’s capacity in time for the peak winter period.  It will accommodate a new paediatric department on the ground floor and an elective care centre and surgical ward on the upper floor.

Kier is Principal Supply Chain Partner appointed by the Trust under the ProCure21 framework to provide the new facility.  Yorkon is manufacturing and fitting out the building off site in York and will install it in two phases to allow an existing ward facility on the site to remain in use for longer.

Commenting on the project, Andy Knowles, Project Manager at Kier Eastern, said, “The new building has to be fully operational to provide the bed capacity required for the Trust’s peak winter period.  This has significantly reduced the time available for construction.  There is also very little space for the storage of materials and equipment and the building footprint actually exceeds the site until the roads are reconfigured.”

“Taking an off-site approach for the project was the ideal solution, and we estimate it has reduced the programme by around six months.  We visited the Yorkon production centre and one of their completed hospital schemes and were impressed with the quality and approach.”

“The project is a prime example of the advantages of off-site manufacture – providing a fast track site solution, safer working conditions and a considerable reduction in waste to landfill.”

David Johnson, Director and General Manager of Yorkon, said, “This is one of the most challenging healthcare projects we have undertaken to date.  The shape of the site demanded a very complex modular layout, this is a highly constrained and congested site and there is only short window for construction.”

The new Yorkon pre-installed concrete floor will be used in all 148 modules – the first time this latest technology has been used for a complete building.  The high performance floor is an innovative modular solution for high traffic areas and to accommodate sensitive hospital equipment.   

Due for completion in autumn 2010 after just seven months, the building will have deeply articulated façades finished in a palette of materials, including white render, vertical bands of rainscreen cladding and curtain walling, for an attractive appearance.  A key feature is the layout of the four-bed bays which provides a window for each bed space.

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