Papworth Hospital

This project was developed with three major parties involved, The hospital Trust, Interserve Construction and Actiform.


Extension to the Varrier Jones ward


Papworth Hospital




To extend the private patient Varrier Jones ward to supply 12 extra beds and ancillary areas at first floor level, and an OPD at GF level.

Site Programme

24 weeks

Management Team

Stefan Dransfield – Managing Director
Gavin Brooksbank – Contract Manager
Andrew Blackmore – Project Manager
Paul Blackmore – Site Foreman

Papworth Hospital
Papworth Hospital
Papworth Hospital
Papworth Hospital
Papworth Hospital

Design Team Meetings involving all stakeholders and their consultant teams were attended over a 6 month period to develop the project. During this process the brief changed quite considerably, the OPD was no longer required but the area below the ward was now earmarked for storage and car parking.

Due to the change in scope the project posed many unusual design and structural challenges. The nature of the site meant that parts of the structure had to be cantilevered over service ducts and the necessity to match existing adjacent floor levels required careful design of the structural steel and the manufacture of different height units. Additionally, the ground floor had to be smaller than the first floor to accommodate a car parking area under the overhang.

Under the P21+ scheme a GMP bid and final figure has to be submitted to the client for approval, but before this DTM process began we had already given Interserve a budget figure for the client and Interserve’s comfort. The budget and the scope was fulfilled 100%, the programme was achieved without delay, even though the Trust placed over £70k of additional work orders which increased the scope by nearly 4%.

During the DTM process many financial and H&S risks were discussed and designed out within the building, alternative M&E installations were discussed, including the introduction CHP’s, different AC specifications, PIR sensitive lights. Many of these options were thrown up when completing the BREAMM pre-assessment which achieved an ‘Excellent’ certification, the BREAMM process was not taken any further as the Trust decided that the money within the scheme would be better served within the fabric of the build.

One Design Risk Assessment that had to be left within the scheme was cleaning the windows at first floor level, this has to be done with the use of a MEWP due to access restraints.

Once we were given the order to commence manufacture, Interserve commenced the formation of the foundations ready to receive our Steel Frame which carried the first floor modules to sail over the car park area. Construction and fit out were completed within 24 weeks, on time even though the actual works package was increased by the trust requesting additional works around the site, the works programme was manged on site on a day by day basis with the project manager and the trade supervisors as well as during the site progress meetings.

At handover the H&S file was presented to the client along with a snag free building, all snagging commissioning and client instruction was completed within the construction programme.

The ward is compliant with relevant HTMs and meets the new L2 2014 standards Actiform were responsible for the design and fit out of all services and the structural design of the £1.6m scheme.

The building is subject to a 24 months defect period under P21+.

We have a great relationship with the trust and have used this scheme to showcase our expertise in the market place, the ward has also featured on the ITN news when the inside was used for a news article on the NHS.

Working closely with estates and clinical leads, Actiform supported the design development for the transformation of our clinical emergency care services for the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow. This involved a complete design and build modular construction to complement the creation of a state-of-the-art emergency care service.

Actiform helped us to embrace the opportunities presented by a new modular build clinical space with appropriate technology to create and support a new model of service that responds to changing clinical needs, meets the trust’s corporate objectives, and complies with sector building performance targets that we will need to meet.

The Actiform team mapped out the route to move away from the traditional siloed traditional structures, facilitating the opportunity to adopt a more flexible and adaptable approach to support services that will be complimented by technology, and support our digital clinical strategy development.

The Actiform project team worked ‘hand in hand’ with their design team to create a future focused build that rethinks the way a NHS trust delivers modular construction within a conventional ageing and varied built environment, and that is integrated into the core operation of the hospital. The completed build environment was an integral part of the overall strategy for the new emergency care services.

Pasqualino Risi, Associate director of Estates and Facilities, Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust

The whole team at Actiform provide an outstanding level of customer service. Their knowledge of modular building and taking our design thoughts and turning these working collaboratively into completed projects makes working with the team very enjoyable.

Actiform have a very good network of dependable third-party trades which complement the experience and push the art of the possible in terms of innovation.

Not really sure what you could do better as when we raise issues they are dealt with in a timely manner, and you have good processes to ensure we never experience the same issue twice.

Steve Wilcock, Chief Operating Officer, TAC Healthcare

The service we received from Actiform in acquiring additional modular office space was exceptional. From the initial flexibility around design to meet our needs, through to achieving delivery and install on time was first class. Nothing was too much trouble and the communication throughout the process was excellent, whilst providing a value for money solution.

Steve Preston, Operations Manager, Leeds Federated Housing Association

Having used Actiform to supply a large compound set up on a Smart Motorway project, the service received was second to none. From the initial enquiry to the final installation, all aspects of the project went to plan. The cabin design and layout was revised on numerous occasions and no request or alteration seemed to be too much trouble. All communication, planning and installation was very collaborative and all key dates and deadlines were actually completed ahead of programme.

Corin Feltham in particular offered his wealth of knowledge and experience throughout the process along with introducing some excellent ideas to save both time and money. All in all a good experience working with Actiform and I wouldn’t hesitate to use them again on other schemes.

Dave Wright, Site Agent, Kier Highways

Back in the autumn of 2015 we had a requirement to procure offices and welfare facilities of 3,000m2 plus over 3 floors for our Tideway-East project in Bermondsey, London.

We went out to tender and Actiform provided a construction package that we eventually purchased. Right from the start – sales , tender, design, manufacture, installation and aftercare support, Actiform have been very professional, proactive and suggested cost saving solutions without compromising our facilities. Their site installation team had all the correct RAMS and certification to carry out our installation in a planned and well organised time scale.

From the beginning both parties, CVB JV and Actiform, have worked openly and honestly together and we have an excellent working relationship. I cannot praise Actiform enough and would certainly recommend them to any prospective client.

Gordon Alexander, CVB JV