McAvoy has been awarded a £15m contract for the offsite construction of a new wing at Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital in Cramlington, UK.
Spread over 6,500m², the three-storey building will be connected to the existing hospital.
Due for completion next year, the first floor of the building will accommodate one of the UK’s first purpose-designed Ambulatory Care units, while the other two floors will be built during the next phase of the development.
The Ambulatory Care unit is designed to provide medical, surgical, gynecology and orthopaedics care. Around 150 patients can be treated on the same day.
McAvoy will use an offsite solution to reduce the build programme by less than 12 months. This will enable Northumbria Healthcare Trust to meet the rising demand for patient services.
Northumbria Healthcare FML deputy director Robert Sanderson said: “With this new development, the Trust is demonstrating a dynamic approach with its use of modern methods of construction.
“The quality of the facility to meet the clinical requirements is our main driver for a McAvoy offsite solution. We will also benefit from a huge reduction in the build programme – from at least two years to just 12 months.”
“This will bring enormous benefits for reducing waiting times in A&E next year and the new ambulatory care unit will enable us to assess, treat and discharge patients more quickly.”
McAvoy will use larger, bespoke modules of up to 14.85m-long, which are specially engineered to offer a structural flooring solution that will seamlessly integrate with the current hospital building.
The firm’s facility will install mechanical ventilation, heating and cooling systems for the ceiling voids.
The building has been designed by healthcare specialists P+HS Architects with McAvoy serving as principal contractor.
The new wing will be a replica of the existing hospital which opened in 2015.
Finished in a blue and white render, it will feature a faceted external facade to create a curved end to the wing.
This offsite structure will have an in-situ built curved link on each floor and a rooftop plant room.