Case Studies

East Lothian Community Hospital


Project:                        East Lothian Community Hospital, Haddington    
Sector:                         Healthcare    
Client:                          East Lothian Health and Social Care/NHS Lothian    
Main Contractor:        Morrison Construction, part of Galliford Try plc  
Architect:                    Keppie    
Pod Type:                   Steel-framed floorless pods    
Number of pods:       134     

The Project

The new £69 million, state-of-the-art East Lothian Community Hospital is a 22,000m2, purpose-built community hospital in Haddington which will increase inpatient beds by around 60 per cent to enhance the quality of care for the people of East Lothian.

When operational, the new hospital will provide a range of community-based services including a mental health inpatient unit, elderly medicine, orthopaedic and stroke rehabilitation, medical assessment inpatient ward, therapy services, outpatients department, endoscopy and minor operations.

The Bathroom Pod Solution

Offsite Solutions is providing 134 factory-built bathroom pods for this project. Designed to meet HTM requirements, each of the large 2.6m x 2.2m pods will easily accommodate a patient and a carer, and will have a wider pre-prepared aperture for two door leaves for easy access.

The units are being supplied without floors to allow for continuous level flooring throughout the wards and avoiding the need for thresholds to make the bathrooms fully accessible.

The wash basins, toilets and showers will be pre-installed in the Offsite Solutions’ factory in Somerset and easy-to-clean, hygienic walls will be finished in white with a feature wall from a range of colours.

The scheme has a complex phased construction to allow the continuation of clinical services in the existing hospital buildings on the site. As a result, the bathroom pods will be installed in batches.

The Customer Perspective

Paul Godwin, Design Manager, Morrison Construction:

“Having the bathrooms arrive on site as a finished product gives us the benefit of a significant programme saving and this use of offsite construction means we need less labour on site, which is safer and more efficient.”

David Small, Partnership Director:

“I am impressed with the way work on site is forging ahead. People in East Lothian will benefit from having this state-of-the art facility, which will help us to deliver more services much closer to home.”

Bathroom Pods for Healthcare Projects

Offsite Solutions offers a wide range of bathroom pod solutions for the healthcare sector. This includes easy-to-clean and low maintenance GRP pods for hospital environments; steel-framed pods for tiled finishes for care homes and supported living schemes; and options for floorless units to meet specific project requirements.

Anti-ligature fixtures and bathroom fittings can be supplied for enhanced safety for mental health facilities. All GRP pods in our extensive range can be provided in a demountable configuration for refurbishment projects and sites which do not have access for fully assembled pods, provided adequate access routes.


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