Six reasons healthcare projects went modular in 2020

Six reasons healthcare projects went modular in 2020

By Ronan Smyth, Managing Director, ESS Modular   

2020 has been a year of immense change, adaptation and transformation for everyone in business. Every sector has had to reassess the technology that underpins the service they provide in order to ensure it is fit for purpose.

For the healthcare sector, this acceleration in technological advancement has been vast. From PPE to ICU beds, to research and the race for the development of a vaccine, there has been an enormous focus on innovation in healthcare. This has extended into all aspects of the industry, including how healthcare buildings are constructed.

ESS Modular has been involved in the delivery of healthcare facilities for 30 years and in this time, we have worked on very progressive projects including specialist oncology and radiology facilities, the installation of Linac bunkers, laminar flow theatres and genome research facilities. 

In 2020, we have seen a shift towards the design and procurement of major healthcare projects to focus on modular construction as healthcare teams seek to significantly reduce construction programmes to assist in the urgent delivery of healthcare facilities.

The sector is also realising the substantial benefits that come with the delivery of a standardised product which has been designed specifically for healthcare sector which is focussed on enhanced patient care and treatment delivery.

So far this year ESS Modular has secured £80 million worth of new healthcare projects in the UK and Ireland. These major projects include acute hospital ward accommodation, modular ward extensions, nightingale wards, surge facilities, rapid response units and treatment centres.

In our view, there are six main reasons why healthcare teams have taken advantage of the benefits of precision manufacturing. They include:

  1. Quality control – Our precision manufacturing method takes place in a controlled factory environment which allows for better quality control and testing in advance of buildings going to site.
  2. Speed – Our modern method of construction allows for the building to be manufactured offsite, while foundation and civil works are completed on site. This can reduce the overall programme by up to 60%
  3. Cost certainty – Modular construction methods allow for standardisation of component parts as well as certainty on programme time. These elements combined allow for much greater cost certainty at the project outset.
  4. Safety – A large part of our construction process takes place in a controlled environment with less time and labour required on site which significantly reduces the likelihood of accidents.
  5. Programme certainty – The modular process allows for improved project programmes and the use of standardised designs increases schedule certainty.
  6. Minimal disruption - Site deliveries and site traffic linked to modular construction can be reduced by up to 70%. This has been recently evidenced by The Building Research Establishment (BRE).

We believe that modular construction is the future and we are looking for energetic people who share our ambition to join us on our journey.