rebalancing land levels, and have adopted an approach to maximise the use of local materials and facilities to save money. The Government’s Public Works Department undertook a survey of the ground through excavation using equipment available on the Islands. This consisted of trial trenches and pits documented by an engineer. Samples were taken and flown back to the UK for laboratory testing, and we commissioned a ground investigation report to establish safe foundations. The report concluded that a simple ground-bearing raft slab design solution could be adopted to overcome the ground conditions effectively and provide simple construction techniques for use with local labour and material resources – for example, aggregates and sub-base fill materials from the local quarry, and use of the local concrete provider (mobile mixing plant).

Prefabricated offsite

A timber frame solution was designed that will be prefabricated offsite in panels for efficient shipping, and can then be quickly and easily erected by the local labour force. Coordination with our building services department ensured that the services could seamlessly pass through the proposed roof structure, which is a combination of webbed joists and traditional trusses. The timber is sustainably sourced, lightweight, and an efficient structural material, seen by many as the future of ecological construction.

Building Information Modelling As mentioned previously, we are early

adopters of technology, and delivered our first BIM project back in 2012. As a result, BIM is fully embedded into our design delivery approach, and we are now certified by BRE Global under its ‘BIM Level 2 Business Systems Certification’. Although there were no formal BIM deliverables as part of the project brief, all projects delivered by One are undertaken within a BIM workflow (to varying levels of ‘BIM Maturity’, as required by our clients). BIM process (as defined by PAS1192-2) is now an integral part of our Quality Assurance (QA) system, and BIM is ‘business as usual’ for all of our design disciplines. Accordingly, schemes such as the Vulnerable Persons Extra Care Facility and King Edward VII Hospital improvement projects are able to benefit from having an accurate digital 3D model which then allows other activity – such as clash detection, quantification, and 3D visualisation – to be undertaken as a part of the design process. This delivery methodology promotes better collaboration through our design disciplines, and improves buildability, quality, and coordination, throughout the design and construction phases.

King Edward VII Memorial Hospital improvements

‘One’s team has worked effectively with all stakeholders to explore all feasible design options, and is fully committed to driving


The King Edward VII Memorial Hospital in Stanley.

the project forward. We know we can rely on their wealth of technical expertise and creativity in all aspects of design, including both healthcare and modular building.’ This was the positive comment on our work from Hannes De Bruin, Service Development manager for Development of Services for Vulnerable Persons Health & Social Services at the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital. Phase one of the modernisation and extension plans for the hospital are gathering pace. As a starting point, One carried out a detailed laser measure of the existing facilities to create a 3D environment to base the designs upon, which included mechanical and electrical engineering and infrastructure. This vital project will provide a new state-of-the art operating theatre and a new minor operating facility that will enable more complex procedures to take place on the Islands, as well as enhanced X-ray, mammography, and CT scanning facilities. The development will also make more efficient use of space for new offices, workshops, and stores, with work anticipated to start this year.

Efficient links

Efficient links are also being made between the hospital and extra care facility – for example the kitchen facilities at the facility are being equipped to supply the hospital, the Islands’ prison, and the wider community, through a ‘meals on wheels’

Matt Tebbatt

Matt Tebbatt, managing director of One, has almost 25 years’ experience in the healthcare sector, and has worked on projects of all sizes, from multi-million- pound healthcare facilities such as the £33 million Birmingham Dental Hospital and School of Dentistry – the 2017 RICS Award winner for Design through Innovation, through to minor refurbishments. He says his passion for architecture was instigated at a young age ‘when he realised that buildings can influence how we feel’. As managing director, Matt Tebbatt focuses on two key aspects of day-to-day business – leading projects across all disciplines, and fostering a continuous creative spirit within One. As lead architect for these Falkland Islands projects, he shares the company’s experience ‘in ensuring the best possible healthcare design solutions with creativity, innovation, and user experience at the heart of the designs, with distance being no barrier’.


As a team, we have found it hugely rewarding to design something that will have a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of future generations on the other side of the world

service. As Principal Designer for both projects, we are ensuring a diligent approach to construction health and safety, and are applying all the same principles to the hospital improvements as for the extra care facility – one collaborative multidisciplinary team, which engages with all stakeholders working in a BIM workflow, with regular visits to the Islands. As a company we have grown significantly in recent years, including via further expansion into the international market. We have worked across the UK and abroad on a range of interesting projects, and working with the Falkland Islands Government has been a fantastic experience. As a team, we have found it hugely rewarding to design something that will have a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of future generations on the other side of the world, as well as professionally tackling the unique challenges that designing for a different country provides.


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