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New ward at Norfolk hospital shows insight into MMC challenges

The Concept Ward will accommodate inpatients during structural works

CIOB members in East Anglia have the opportunity to visit a large-scale MMC build for the NHS this month.

The Norwich Hub is offering a site visit to the new ‘decant’ ward at James Paget University Hospital, in Great Yarmouth, on 30 March.

The Concept Ward is a £15m modular build project. It will accommodate inpatients while urgent structural works throughout the 40-year-old main hospital are undertaken. It is hoped the new 28-bed facility will provide an insight into what the hospital will look like once it has been rebuilt.

The visit will feature a presentation from the main contractor Health Spaces, the designer Fleet Architects and client James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. All parties share a passion for the NHS, supporting the evolution of the service to find solutions that meet the urgent needs of the post-pandemic backlog, while progressing towards a new hospital building programme.

The project has been subject to a very tight timetable, with the Concept Ward needing to be built and occupied within an overall 14-month project programme.

Complying with the trust’s Green Plan, the scheme will also be environmentally conscious and aims to achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating.

Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) and a modular strategy have been key to achieving this tight deadline. During the CPD the modular design and build will be discussed, along with its challenges, perceptions and benefits.

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