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First theatre training centre in
the North of England is completed
Foremans Relocatable Building “Foremans has been able to provide
Systems, the UK’s largest supplier of exactly what we needed for each project,
recycled and refurbished modular and to challenging deadlines. Timing is
buildings, has completed a new theatre critical to the Trust, in order to bring
training centre at Freeman Hospital in the buildings into use in the shortest
Newcastle-upon-Tyne – the first clinical possible time, and new manufacture or
training facility of its kind in the North of site-based construction would have taken
England. much longer.
able & Modular Buildings Newcastle-upon-Tyne Hospitals NHS “The environmental performance of
Foundation Trust appointed Foremans to our buildings is also very important to the
provide the new single-storey building to Trust. The pre-owned modular approach
enable staff from across the North to enabled us to offer a higher degree of
participate in the latest interactive sustainability with the use of recycled
simulated training in clinical procedures. modules. We are very pleased with
The scheme comprises 10 pre-owned Foremans’ performance on these three
steel-framed modules which were recycled schemes and would have no hesitation and more efficient management of the
and refurbished for this project, enabling it in recommending their approach or in hospital’s stores.
to be delivered in just 11 weeks from using it again.” Foremans specialises in the supply of
receipt of order to handover. This short Foremans has also constructed a new quality recycled and refurbished modular
programme allowed the Trust to bring the medical electronics building at Freeman buildings, designed to individual project
facility into use as fast as possible to meet Hospital, which enabled the department to requirements. In addition to its
demand, and facilitated access to national be relocated for the consolidation of sustainability benefits, the approach offers
funding. The centre is now running at full clinical services on this constrained a range of other advantages:
capacity. hospital site. The new building, which Programme times for high quality
The building features clinical education comprises 14 recycled modules, provides temporary or permanent accommodation
rooms with a control room for each, more storage space and a more are reduced by up to 70 per cent.
seminar rooms, offices, toilets, storage appropriate working environment for the Off-site working is maximised for safer,
facility and a category 6 containment medical electronics team. It was delivered quieter and cleaner sites and reduced
laboratory. Foremans also supplied an in a challenging timescale of just 10 weeks disruption.
audio door control system, security alarms from receipt of order, to fit in with the The buildings can be easily expanded,
and fire detection system, and Trust’s wider development programme. reconfigured or removed if space
implemented a traffic management plan to When the Trust needed to relocate the requirements change.
minimise disruption during the building estates and stores building to High quality steel-framed modular
delivery and installation phase. accommodate a new data centre, buildings are built to last and require fewer
Commenting on the three buildings that Foremans supplied a purpose-designed groundworks than traditional site-based
Foremans has now supplied at Freeman two-storey stores facility using pre-owned construction – further reducing cost,
Hospital, Steven Bannister, the Trust’s building modules. This solution ensured disruption and programme times.
Director of Estates and Facilities, said: continuity of service and the centralisation
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10 feature :: portable & modular buildings Building & Facilities Management – November 2009
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