Offsite solutions wins contract for bathroom pods at new Scottish hospital
Offsite Solutions, the UK’s leading bathroom pod manufacturer, has been awarded the contract to supply bathroom pods for the new £69 million, state-of-the-art East Lothian Community Hospital.
Morrison Construction, part of Galliford Try plc, is principal contractor for the 22,000 sqm, 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 per cent to enhance the quality of care for East Lothian people.
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 avoiding 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 at 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, says: “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.”
David Small, Partnership Director at East Lothian Health and Social Care, adds, “I am impressed with the way work on site is forging ahead. People in East Lothian will benefit from having this state-of-the art facility, which will help us to deliver more services much closer to home.”
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.
Offsite Solutions offers a range of bathroom pod solutions for the healthcare sector. This includes easy-to-clean and low maintenance GRP pods for hospital environments; steel-framed pods for tiled finishes for care homes and supported living schemes; and options for floorless units to meet specific project requirements.
Anti-ligature fixtures and bathroom fittings can be supplied for enhanced safety for mental health facilities. All GRP pods in Offsite Solutions’ extensive range can be provided in a demountable configuration for refurbishment projects and sites which do not have access for fully assembled pods, provided adequate access routes.