Willmott Dixon launches off-the-shelf health buildings

Grant Prior 6 years ago

Willmott Dixon is expanding its pre-design concept into the healthcare market.

The move follows the success of similar schemes in the education and custodial sectors which have generated more than £200m of orders.

The contractor has teamed up with architect Penoyre & Prasad to develop an integrated health hub called Cura.

It will provide NHS Trusts and councils with pre-designed community healthcare facilities to drive cost efficiency.

Cura adopts the latest construction methods by using a pre-cast concrete frame structure built off-site for added speed of delivery, with a minimal degree of fixed internal structure.

It offers standard sized multi-use rooms designed as clusters that enable NHS Trusts to bespoke their hub to suit individual clinical departmental requirements, such as therapies, dental, general practices, diagnostics and mental health.

Cura has been designed to give healthcare customers certainty of cost, time and quality.

It can be adapted into a combination of sizes, starting from 1,500m2 and rising to 5,000m2.

Construction will take approximately 40 weeks depending on the size of the chosen hub.

Willmott Dixon’s Cura lead, Anastasia Chrysafi, said: “Our in-house health specialists have invested heavily in taking learning from our pre-design products developed for the education, leisure and custodial sectors to bring these advantages to healthcare.

“Cura will give NHS Trusts, councils and their partners the benefit of quicker delivery for much needed facilities with the added bonus of cost, programme and quality certainty, which is a key issue with the budget restraints in place.

“Importantly, we configure the internal layout to suit local needs, with the pre-cast element also providing high levels of thermal mass, which moderates the internal temperature and makes the building as energy-efficient as possible.”

The launch comes two years after Willmott Dixon brought to market its range of pre-designed custodial facilities called CODE.

Both Cura and CODE followed the success of the Sunesis school concept developed with Scape Group that has seen over 45 primary schools built providing over 18,000 new places for a fixed cost and time scale.

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