MTX success at Building Better Healthcare Awards

Fast-track modular building specialist, MTX, recently won the Building Better Healthcare Award 2019 for Best Modular / Mobile Healthcare Facility for a two-storey orthopaedic operating theatre it has recently delivered to Guy’s Hospital in London.

MTX said: “We worked collaboratively with Johnson & Johnson Managed Service, part of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies, with early engagement allowing us to demonstrate the value, safety, speed, and efficiency benefits of a hybrid modular-based approach to the new theatre suite. Using BIM visualisations, and through close engagement with the stakeholders – including patients, staff, and the FM team – a fit-for-purpose and functional modular design was developed.”

The offsite pre-fabricated units provide 850 m² of new space over two storeys, with seamless access into the existing hospital at theatre suite level, blending current department activity and new operating facilities across different buildings and functions. “Due to the offsite factor,” added MTX, “the onsite activities were minimised, which significantly reduced disruption to the hospital. This in turn decreased onsite trades, vehicle movements, and waste, lessening the impact of our activities on the environment.”

Due to London’s busy and congested streets, and the hospital’s 24-hour operation, the modular lift took place out of normal working hours, programmed over a single weekend, with the entire building installed through a 48-hour continuous shift, minimising impact on operations and neighbours, and equally reducing risks and accelerating programme.

The Building Better Healthcare judges spoke highly of the entry, particularly praising the time sensitive element of the delivery. They said; “4.5 million people are on NHS waiting lists, and there is not a hope of dealing with them as we do not have enough anaesthetists or capacity, so something like this can help address that, and is a very exciting thing. It was a challenging site, and they got it done very quickly. This meets a very real demand for sure.”