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PROPERTY & CONSTRUCTION


Healthcare Construction: A Factory-Built Future?


Kirk Taylor, Head of Development at property investor and developer Kajima, details the concept of modular construction and discusses its place and potential future in the health and social care sector.


heralding greater pressure on overstretched services further down the line.


The need for rapid solutions, which expand NHS capacity and introduce greater flexibility in the health service, is therefore crucial to weathering the coming months, helping critical services to continue operating even as COVID-19 commands increased resources. Modular construction enables fast, cost-effective and flexible delivery of buildings, offering an opportunity for NHS Trusts to bolster capacity and services now and well beyond COVID-19.


Pressure on Britain’s national health service is mounting. As COVID-19 cases climb and a potential winter crisis looms, strain on the NHS is being compounded by an ever-growing backlog in elective surgeries and diagnostics. In fact, official NHS figures revealed that 2.3 million fewer diagnostic tests for cancer were carried out during lockdown than over the same period last year, potentially resulting in an extra 35,000 cancer deaths and


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With 50,971 patients now waiting at least a year for treatment, up from 1,117 a year ago, the speed with which modular construction can deliver increased capacity for the NHS should come as welcome news. Modular structures are designed and manufactured offsite in factory settings far quicker than traditional methods, they benefit from greater quality assurance and can be called off to site when needed.


The speed of delivery is already benefiting the NHS, with 1700sqm of modular buildings for the new NHS Nightingale Hospital completed in just four weeks. Recognising the efficiency of this solution, several NHS Trusts are already implementing modular builds. A new respiratory ward was


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