Modular buildings help meet growing demand

FOREMANS Relocatable Building Systems has completed a project to expand an existing recycled modular building at Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford to provide additional bed capacity for its surgical services. An interim ward building for the Short Stay Surgery Unit, which was supplied by Foremans to Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, has now been extended to create a further two new purpose-designed five-bed wards for the Elective Surgery Unit. The building has also been refurbished externally with a new covered entrance and walkway, a new roof, low-level brick planters and overcladding to each elevation using aluminium-faced panels in silver, blue and white for a more contemporary appearance and to further improve thermal performance and insulation. The 26-module building was completed to a tight programme of just 15 weeks. Commenting on the project, Graham Maynard, the trust's head of capital and estates, said, "We have had a good relationship with the Foremans team and would recommend their recycled modular building approach to other NHS trusts."

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