Offsite Solutions wins bathroom pod contract for new Scottish hospital

Company to supply modular pods for £69m East Lothian Community Hospital

Offsite Solutions will provide bathroom pods for the new East Lothian Community Hospital

Offsite Solutions has been awarded the contract to supply bathroom pods for the new £69m state-of-the-art East Lothian Community Hospital.

Morrison Construction, part of Galliford Try, is principal contractor for the 22,000sq m, purpose-built community hospital in Haddington, appointed by Hub South East Scotland on behalf of NHS Lothian.

When completed, the new facility will increase inpatient beds by around 60% to enhance the quality of care for patients.

Offsite Solutions will provide 134 factory-built bathroom pods for the project. These units will be supplied without floors to allow for continuous level flooring throughout the wards and to avoid the need for thresholds to make the bathrooms fully accessible.

Designed to meet HTM requirements, each of the large 2.6m x 2.2m pods will easily accommodate a patient and a carer and will have a wider pre-prepared aperture for two door leaves for easy access.

The wash basins, toilets and showers will be pre-installed in the Offsite Solutions’ factory in Somerset and the easy-to-clean, hygienic walls will be finished in white with a feature wall from a range of colours.

The scheme has a complex phased construction to allow the continuation of clinical services in the existing hospital buildings on the site. As a result, the bathroom pods will be installed in batches throughout 2018.

Commenting on the specification of bathroom pods for this project, Paul Godwin, design manager at Morrison Construction, said: “Having the bathrooms arrive on site as a finished product gives us the benefit of a significant programme saving and this use of offsite construction means we need less labour on site, which is safer and more efficient.”

When operational, the new East Lothian Community Hospital will provide a range of community-based services including a mental health inpatient unit, elderly medicine, orthopaedic and stroke rehabilitation, medical assessment inpatient ward, therapy services, outpatients department, endoscopy and minor operations.

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