St. Mary’s NHS Treatment Centre


This project involved the creation of a new Independent Sector Health Treatment Centre that provides state-of-the-art facilities including consulting rooms, operating rooms, and day-case beds. Services include day surgery, diagnostic investigations, minor injury unit/walk-in unit, and diabetic retinopathy eye screening. The project was a fast-track design-build – using an off-site modular system.

Elementa provided a full range of mechanical and electrical services technical advice for the project including a range of low-energy strategies to ensure compliance with NHS carbon guidelines.

The building at St Mary’s Portsmouth was chosen to be of modular construction by Yorkon for the benefits of reduced on-site program time and the lack of site space for materials and storage. The Trust wanted the building to have an impact as it was next to the main entrance to the hospital. The building form had interesting features including a double-height entrance.

The Modular construction process is best suited to regular box-shaped sections with vertical structures at regular spacing. The desire to have a more complex look at the building did compromise the program and required some significant on-site steelwork installation. Early production

of full working drawings for each of the module sections were essential in getting the distribution of the service established, however even with this level of detail there was a need to install the medical gases after the building was erected to ensure the cleanliness of the pipework systems.

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