State-of-the-art COVID-19 facility reaches completion at New Cross Hospital

25 Jul 2020

Modular construction specialist Darwin Group has delivered a new ward, scaling 1744sq.m, for Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust.

During the height of the UK’s COVID-19 lockdown, Darwin Group constructed the brand-new, permanent emergency Nightingale Ward at New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton. The two-storey build provides an additional 56 beds split across a ground floor critical care unit and a first-floor high dependency unit. The space will be used primarily as a coronavirus ward with plans to be used to treat bariatric and cystic fibrosis patients in the future.

Using Darwin Groups modern methods of construction and complete in-house service, the modular build was designed, manufactured and built in less than six weeks. Part of the construction was built off-site at Darwin Groups factory facility in Shrewsbury. The team then progressed the build on-site within a live hospital environment. Darwin Group’s commitment and dedication to adapt and strengthen its already comprehensive site working practices to observe social distancing measures, successfully enabled it to provide these much-needed facilities in spite of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition to a high-quality structure, the new ward also features an air handling unit built specifically for high infectious disease which circulates air around the room in a cleaner way and supplies 10 air changes per hour to protect both the patients and the staff.

Stew Watson at Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, said: ““We are delighted with the new ward building that Darwin Group have provided at New Cross Hospital for The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust. The new facilities have been constructed to very high-quality standards, and the experience we have had working with the Darwin team has been excellent. This was a challenging project, within demanding time frames, but we do not feel that the fast-track programme we have had to deliver against has in any way compromised the high standards that we as the client set Darwin for this scheme.”

Charles Pierce, Managing Director at the Darwin Group, added: “This is our second of three permanent hospital wards that we are proudly delivering this year in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Each site has its individual needs and it’s thanks to the team’s expertise and consideration of their environment that we are able to deliver sites in such tight deadlines. It was our pleasure to be able to play our part in supporting the national health care’s response to the pandemic and we hope that the new ward provides them with the extra space they need to continue doing a remarkable service.”

Darwin Group’s highly skilled in-house team provided a unique turnkey service covering all stages of the design, planning, engineering and construction from start to finish, helping to deliver the necessary hospital space required.