Thurston Building Systems was chosen by West Middlesex University Hospital as their offsite construction partner for a high profile building project which has recently been completed. This £2million project involved the design, manufacture and installation of an Urgent Care Facility for the hospital. This also included external works such as a new road layout, foundations and a main entrance ramp. The Urgent Care Facility will be used to care for patients in need of emergency but not life threatening treatment. The building will further be used to expand the hospitals paediatric care facilities.
This specialist building spans over 600 square meters and includes treatment rooms, consultancy rooms and offices, all providing much needed space at the hospital that is demonstrating its commitment to delivering improved care for the people in their community.
One of the reasons that Thurston was chosen as the principal contractor on this project was our ability to manufacture and build offsite. We completed a large majority of the project at our factory meaning that there was a higher level of quality control and less disruption on site. This was essential as the new facility was installed in front of the main A&E entrance which has remained live throughout. We were also chosen for our ability to bespoke the layout and module sizes to suit the Trusts exacting clinical needs.
The new unit has been connected to the existing hospital building via a traditionally built corridor. The external finish to the main building is a brick render and cedar board which aesthetically is similar to the rest of the hospital. All this was completed with minimal disturbance to A&E services.
The all galvanised steel structure for the Urgent care facility has been rated ‘Very Good’ under the BREEAM scheme and the high levels of insulation used means that the Care facility will be able to benefit from lower energy bills and be more environmentally friendly. Further to this the BREEAM Scheme encompasses a wide variety of different aspects of a project including the environment, transport links, indoor air quality and being a considerate constructor. Thurston strives to meet these criteria on every project it undertakes.
The function of an Urgent Care Facility is to help treat those who need treatment swiftly but it is not a life threatening emergency. The new centre will ensure that patients are treated in the most appropriate place for their condition enabling the Emergency Department to concentrate on treating patients with life threatening or emergency conditions. Dr Nicola Burbidge who is the chair of Hounslow Clinical Commissioning Group which commissioned the new urgent care centre said ’”The centre treats minor injuries and illnesses that require urgent and immediate treatment, and allows the hospital’s A&E department to concentrate on treating people who are seriously ill.”