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premier modular to deliver coronavirus test sites.

The modular specialists have won a contract from the Department of Health and Social Care to deliver 25 specialised test sites for Covid-19. These will be situated across the UK and follow Premier's success in supplying modular buildings for the Nightingale Hospital in Exeter. Premier was able to turn round 1700sqm in just four weeks.

Stand-alone test sites
 

With recent concern about the availability of coronavirus tests in the UK, the delivery of additional testing capacity in a short space of time has been critical to Premier Modular's success. The first test centre was set up in Bolton and opened its doors to the public just 24 hours later.

Every stand-alone test site will deliver 110 sqm of space and comes pre-installed with eight testing cubicles, a separate exit and entrance for staff and hygienic walls. The facilities also include a testing room for families, and test collection and drop-off sites.

The contract also includes the provision of additional facilities at three of the new sites. Storage space, test preparation, kitchenette, rest room and toilet plus a dedicated PPE room will be pre-installed, alongside essential services including electricity generation, wastewater collection and water supply.

Proving why modular is so well suited to providing low disruption and affordable healthcare facilities, testing sites have already been installed in Bolton, Nottingham, Havant and Glasgow.

The contract is due to be completed this autumn and was obtained by the Crown Commercial Service which provides commercial services to the public sector.

Positive impact
 

Premier Modular said they were proud to support the NHS and demonstrate the qualities that make modular such a good fit when local needs and capacity are constantly changing as the pandemic evolves.

George Swanepoel, who project manages the Havant centre for testing service provider Sodexo, said the modular building was a well thought out solution for maintaining social distancing and traffic flows. It provides a safe and comfortable environment that's easy to keep clean and will have a positive impact on the local community, he added, praising the smooth installation of the facility which took just a few hours after the building was constructed off-site by Premier.

Premier's MD David Harris said the testing centres were a vital initiative to safeguard public health. Harris had previously praised the collaboration that made the Nightingale project such a success, saying it was a credit to the UK construction industry and pointing out the speed with which a new hospital facility was created.

This efficient delivery to meet identified needs is one of the benefits of modular construction in healthcare. With the Chancellor promising the NHS will get 'whatever it needs, whatever the cost' to cope with the pandemic and beyond, modular construction can meet community needs without impacting on operational efficiency.

Modular healthcare facilities like the new testing facilities are faster, more cost effective and greener than traditional methods of construction delivering high quality results with a fraction of the waste. At a time of unparalleled pressure on the NHS, modular construction can increase capacity to make sure it continues to function as smoothly as possible.


The modular specialists have won a contract from the Department of Health and Social Care to deliver 25 specialised test sites for Covid-19. These will be situated across the UK and follow Premier's success in supplying modular buildings for the Nightingale Hospital in Exeter. Premier was able to turn round 1700sqm in just four weeks.

Stand-alone test sites
 

With recent concern about the availability of coronavirus tests in the UK, the delivery of additional testing capacity in a short space of time has been critical to Premier Modular's success. The first test centre was set up in Bolton and opened its doors to the public just 24 hours later.

Every stand-alone test site will deliver 110 sqm of space and comes pre-installed with eight testing cubicles, a separate exit and entrance for staff and hygienic walls. The facilities also include a testing room for families, and test collection and drop-off sites.

The contract also includes the provision of additional facilities at three of the new sites. Storage space, test preparation, kitchenette, rest room and toilet plus a dedicated PPE room will be pre-installed, alongside essential services including electricity generation, wastewater collection and water supply.

Proving why modular is so well suited to providing low disruption and affordable healthcare facilities, testing sites have already been installed in Bolton, Nottingham, Havant and Glasgow.

The contract is due to be completed this autumn and was obtained by the Crown Commercial Service which provides commercial services to the public sector.

Positive impact
 

Premier Modular said they were proud to support the NHS and demonstrate the qualities that make modular such a good fit when local needs and capacity are constantly changing as the pandemic evolves.

George Swanepoel, who project manages the Havant centre for testing service provider Sodexo, said the modular building was a well thought out solution for maintaining social distancing and traffic flows. It provides a safe and comfortable environment that's easy to keep clean and will have a positive impact on the local community, he added, praising the smooth installation of the facility which took just a few hours after the building was constructed off-site by Premier.

Premier's MD David Harris said the testing centres were a vital initiative to safeguard public health. Harris had previously praised the collaboration that made the Nightingale project such a success, saying it was a credit to the UK construction industry and pointing out the speed with which a new hospital facility was created.

This efficient delivery to meet identified needs is one of the benefits of modular construction in healthcare. With the Chancellor promising the NHS will get 'whatever it needs, whatever the cost' to cope with the pandemic and beyond, modular construction can meet community needs without impacting on operational efficiency.

Modular healthcare facilities like the new testing facilities are faster, more cost effective and greener than traditional methods of construction delivering high quality results with a fraction of the waste. At a time of unparalleled pressure on the NHS, modular construction can increase capacity to make sure it continues to function as smoothly as possible.

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