Ashley House, a nationwide provider of medical accommodation, recently secured funding to provide a new medical facility in Silsden to serve the surrounding community. The current medical facility was to be demolished and a new Medical Centre built on the footprint. As such an alternative modular building was required for the period of the demolition and construction of the new facility, estimated at 12 months. The relocatable accommodation was required to provide the same level of service and amenity as the soon-to-be-demolished medical centre. The buildings had to be able to physically accommodate all the front-line medical staff, back-office staff and patients. As part of the brief SiBCAS were charged with carrying out a full civils package, developing the site to be an effective alternative during the anticipated 12 month rebuild programme. Sibcas’ works included the provision of electricity, water supply, data and VOIP, Red-Care signaling and the redesign of the hard landscaping and car park area. The package also included highway works to the surrounding main road and pedestrian access routes to and from the site. This work was carried out as part fulfillment of the planning conditions. In order to better co-ordinate the demolition and rebuild of the medical centre, Sibcas also carried out enabling works to the main site. This was to allow the main construction company, responsible for the rebuild, to begin works without impeding the day to day operation of the Sibcas medical facility.
The building NIA is circa 350 square metres comprising of 13 single stacked modular buildings. The project was largely “turn-key” and SiBCAS were responsible for all warrants, notifications as well as providing a first rate medical system.
- Provision of fully equipped consulting rooms.
- Accommodation for all medical staff, district nurses, locums, visiting staff.
- Sufficient capacity to replicate the services being provided by the exisiting Silsden Medical Practice
The existing medical facility, housing the entire medical practice, was far larger than the allotted space for the modular accommodation.This necessitated extremely efficient and effective design.
- Seamless transition of operations from Medical Centre to Temporary Facility, without interrupting the level of service or amenity.
- Coordinate the transfer of services (phone, electric, data) to mitigate any disruption to the day-to-day operation.
- Acting as Principle Contractor, Sibcas were responsible for all aspects of the temporary accommodation.
- Significant fall across the site (of some 1.8m) meant the design and construction of a unique foundation system.
- The complexity of the overall project meant that the planning and inception started a good 12 months prior to the proposed delivery of the temporary units. Such is the flexibility of the Sibcas Modular System, the actual onsite works, from delivery to commission and hand-over, was no more than 2 weeks.
- Owing to the declivity on the site, a fully compliant DDA access ramp was required to be installed.This machinery was incorporated into the bespoke landing and access steps.As with the building modules, the steel work was all designed and fabricated in the Bathgate factory and assembled on-site.
The project was successfully completed on programme and budget. All the building systems (e.g. alarms, data connection, nurse call and panic alarms etc) were tested and commissioned exactly on time allowing for the seamless transition of service from the old building into the new temporary accommodation.
“Throughout the installation the team from SIBCAS were always on hand and responded quickly and efficiently to all request for information, and alterations. We were kept fully informed throughout and the building was even ready ahead of schedule. The on site team understood that we needed to minimise disruption to our patients and they worked with us making suggestions and alternations to their scheme of work to make sure that this was the case.”
SiBCAS Case Study: Modular Buildings Solutions Silsden