Princess Alexandra Hospital – Adult Assessment Unit

Actiform handled all planning applications and Building Control throughout and the new building was delivered in accordance with HTM/HBN guidelines.


Adult Assessment Unit


Princess Alexandra Hospital


Adult Assessment Unit

Site Programme

12 weeks / 16 weeks

We were first appointed to deliver an Adult Assessment Unit, a two storey modular building which connected into the existing hospital.

The ground floor consisted of the main entrance, consulting rooms, procedure and ultrasound rooms and a large open plan assessment ward.

The 1st floor included 6 x 4 bed wards and 4 x single bedrooms, all with en-suite facilities. Both floors required large nurse stations.

This project included plant rooms on each floor so sound attenuating measures were designed into the structure and the air handling systems.

Working on live sites and stakeholder engagement

One of the key challenges with all these projects was ensuring hospital staff, patients, members of the public and other individuals could maintain access to the nearby buildings at all times; and there was no disruption to the operations of the hospital.

We were able to do this through the development of clear access plans, logistics plans, and delivery programmes which considered other hospital users and their needs
at the offset. All decisions taken by Actiform throughout the design and delivery of the project required approval from the Trust before implementation.

Our comprehensive stakeholder engagement during the initial stages of the project was an essential process for us to identify specific access requirements, considerations and related challenges that we may not have thought of, and consequently included them in plans.

This project was ongoing throughout the COVID 19 pandemic when all hospitals were at maximum capacity and needed extra ward space quickly. Due to this we managed to have the 1st floor and the link ready to accept COVID patients, ahead of schedule, despite having our own COVID outbreak at headquarters resulting in a 2-week shut down of our factory. This is an example of where we have effectively utilised our Business Continuity Plan.

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