Construction company Yorkon, part of the Portakabin Group, has been granted a building project worth £17.9m to build a Women and Children’s Centre at North Middlesex University Hospital, making it their biggest ever.

Signed as part of the ProCure21+ framework, it is being built off-site at the firm’s production centre in York. It is hoped that the new buildings will accommodate the increased birth rates in the area.

The contract, built by constructor Kier, will be the largest and most complex healthcare scheme to be built off-site in the UK. Work will begin in late April and is expected to finish by the end of the year with the main focus on ensuring it is complete before the hectic winter period.

The units will then be craned into position, at the North Middlesex University Hospital, with doors, windows, first-fix electrics, plumbing and a concrete floor all already installed. It is hoped that the extension will radically reduce disruption to patient care.

Simon Ambler. director at Yorkon said: "This is our largest ever contract and its complexities demonstrate just what is now achievable with an advanced off-site building system."

He also added that this type of building significantly reduces the programme time and disruption caused during the project.

The new development will consist of 152 steel-framed modules up to 18 metres long and in varying sizes and configurations to best suit the design and site of the building.

The completed unit will provide a larger delivery unit, two new obstetrics theatres, a neonatal unit, triage centre, women’s outpatient department, a midwife-led birthing unit with four birthing pool rooms, a postnatal ward with discharge lounge, and a transitional care unit to support neonatal care.

As well as these medical additions there will also be a roof top plant room located on the second floor.

Clive Watson, project manager at Kier Construction said that it should reduce the delivery time by about three months and that it would bring "quality benefits".

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