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Off-site construction chosen to increase theatre capacity

05 April 2013

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 at Addenbrooke’s Hospital

Working closely with main contractor ISG Jackson and project architects, LSI Architects, Yorkon delivered a new modular theatre block to help meet the major trauma requirements for the region. The extension, which was manufactured off site in York, has provided additional operating theatres to free up capacity for the Trust’s emergency care services.

This 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. The 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, which was also fitted out by Yorkon, accommodates two new theatres, preparation rooms, anaesthetic rooms, offices, scrub rooms, staff rooms, disposal hold, equipment store and plant room on the second floor.

Commenting on the project, Simon Ambler, Director of Yorkon, said, “This was a very tight site located within a live hospital environment. The use of an off-site solution benefited the overall programme, and importantly, minimised disruption to patient care.”

The scheme was craned into position in just three days – a challenging operation which involved lifting the steel-framed modules over live power supplies.


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