King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Client & Project Team Testimonials
John Wardle, Chief Executive
“The whole project team, the Trust and our delivery partners have done a tremendous job of installing this large-scale building on an incredibly constrained site at the heart of this major hospital. Everyone involved worked hard to ensure the installation phase was completed as smoothly as possible.”
Stephen Hatcher, Project Manager, Associate, P+HS Architects
“The building was designed to minimise impact on the environment over its life and is targeting a BREEAM excellent rating. It will have areas of green roof to encourage biodiversity, a highly insulated building fabric to reduce heat loss and running costs, energy-efficient ventilation and electric air source heat pump system for heating, and solar panels for electricity generation.”
A complex and sustainable building was required for outpatient services at King’s College Hospital in London to allow the Trust to free up space within the main hospital to help reduce waiting times and improve the patient experience for urgent care services.
This is a busy teaching hospital which serves 700,000 people across four London boroughs and provides specialist services for a wider catchment.
The offsite solution
The £21m contract was awarded to Premier for the offsite construction of a 3,450sqm, four-storey modular healthcare building.
The use of an offsite solution for this project is ensuring faster delivery and earlier occupation to the benefit of patient care. It is also radically reducing disruption to staff and patients and the surrounding residential community during it construction.
- High degree of energy efficiency to reduce carbon emissions
- Compliance with the current and emerging London Plan
- A highly restricted site on a live hospital campus. The new building has access roads to three sides and is immediately adjacent to the Normanby Building.
- A short build programme to bring the facilities into use as fast as possible, to the benefit of patient care
- The requirement to avoid any disruption to the air ambulance during the building installation phase.
careful logistics planning
132 steel-framed modules weighing up to 11.5 tonnes each were installed using a 500-tonne crane in a complex operation.
This involved careful logistics planning to maintain access through the hospital campus at all times, and to co-ordinate cranage to avoid any disruption to the helipad and air ambulance helicopters.
The new outpatient services building will provide 48 purpose-designed consultation rooms and eight procedure rooms for a range of services, including dermatology, rheumatology, respiratory, neurosciences, pain management, and urology as well as other aspects of surgery and therapies.
user engagement in the design process
Developed in collaboration with clinicians and patient representatives, the interior design is crisp and modern, whilst assisting patients with sensory needs. To maintain patient flows, the new facility is linked to the Normanby Building at ground floor level.
The façade design is contemporary and was informed by the existing buildings on the hospital campus.A double-height feature entrance will provide visibility externally and allow high levels of natural light for the reception and waiting area.
exceeding targets for energy efficiency
The building had stringent requirements for energy efficiency in compliance with the London Plan and new SAP 10 carbon factors, to reduce emissions by:
- At least 15 per cent from non-renewable measures
- By 35 per cent overall in the final building.
The project has achieved a total reduction of 48.16 per cent of regulated carbon emissions using a combination of low carbon measures and energy from renewables:
- Enhanced building fabric specification with high levels of insulation to reduce heat loss and running costs
- Highly energy efficient system for precise heating and cooling and using heat recovery
- An efficient radiant panel system powered by air source heat pumps and as an alternative to radiator heating
- Hot water provided using a bivalent system – 65 per cent from air source heat pumps
- High efficacy LED lighting throughout with daylight dimming control to rooms with windows
- A photovoltaic array of solar panels to generate around 45kWp of electricity output.
The new building is designed in compliance with BREEAM 2018 Ene01 excellent requirements and will have areas of green roof to encourage biodiversity.
The offsite construction of the building structure also enhances the building’s sustainability credentials – with precision manufacturing to reduce heat loss, fewer vehicle movements to site, and zero waste to landfill.
Voted “Project of the Year” at the 2023 MMC Awards, Kings College Hospital is Premier Modular’s largest healthcare install to date. The delivery of the hospital demonstrates our specialist healthcare experience and offsite construction expertise, and how we’re already supported NHS infrastructure, with high-quality, compliant permanent and temporary solutions.