Brand new health centre using MMC delivered in 23 weeks

Darwin Group uses MMC on brand new £2.8m innovation centre for Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust.

Modular construction specialist Darwin Group has delivered a brand new £2.8m innovation centre for Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.

Using off-site construction techniques, Darwin Group delivered the build, complete with offices, agile workspaces, wet labs and dry labs, in just 23 weeks.

Darwin used its turnkey service to deliver all stages of the project, from start to finish, allowing the project to be handed-over within the tight timescale. 

The brand-new £2.8m hospital facility was constructed in conjunction with the local Buckinghamshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) which will occupy the ground floor. 

The use of off-site construction at the firm’s Shrewsbury-based facility allowed construction to continue safely throughout Covid-19 restrictions. Delivering a large part of construction off-site also helped to minimise disruption to the complex live hospital environment.

Charles Pierce, managing director at Darwin Group, said: “The fast turn-around of this NHS innovation centre is a testament to our in-house team of designers, planners and architects’ hard work and industry expertise. This project is evidence of our work redefining what is achievable in short timescales and we’re proud to announce that this is the handover of our fourth permanent hospital build during the Covid-19 pandemic. As a proud British company, we are delighted to be able to continue to support the NHS with the accelerating demand for additional healthcare facilities.”

Stephen Holt, head of estate development at Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, said: “As an experienced estate development professional with many years of delivering NHS projects, we are all very pleased to say that the quality of the finished building is excellent and was delivered to the agreed programme and within budget. Our service users are extremely pleased with the new working environment as are all stakeholders.”

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