Princess Alexandra Hospital – Alex Lounge Wellbeing and Office space

We were asked to design, manufacture, and install a 2-storey modular building.


Alex Lounge Wellbeing and Office space


Princess Alexandra Hospital


Alex Lounge Wellbeing and Office space

Site Programme

14 weeks


The requirement was for the ground floor to be an area centred around staff welfare consisting of dining facilities, a yoga room, and bright, relaxing breakout areas. The 1st floor was agile office space with meeting and training rooms.

As with most modular projects, the key to the success was down to the programme. The client had stated they wanted the facility completed and occupied within 5 months.

The programme was carefully planned with both Actiform Project team and the client project team.

As with all our projects, we commenced a series of meetings with all stakeholders which were held weekly from award through to completion to ensure all roles and responsibilities were defined and that we could effectively manage client expectations.


The location of the new building was in the centre of the site, surrounded by multiple operational departments which had to remain open and accessible. One of these departments was the Prenatal ward which cared for very premature babies. We were conscious of the impact of our work on this department in particular and as such we chose to involve the prenatal management staff in some of our meetings. We felt this was the right thing to do to gain understanding of what their busiest times were, times we should be avoiding for noisy or disruptive works and what we could do to minimise the impact on their department.

Due to the vulnerability of the babies, we could not move them and decant the ward. Our original lift plan was changed to accommodate this ward and resulted in us craning over the existing hospital.

Prior to commencing the enabling works, we were made aware of a tree that sat in the middle of the site. It was clear, this tree would need removing for us to carry out the works. However it came to our attention that it was originally planted in memory of a member of staff who sadly lost her life.

We didn’t want to dispose of the tree and agreed a suitable location on the site with the Trust, where we replanted it.

As the primary use of the new building was for the staff at the hospital to relax in, we wanted to make the space as comfortable and relaxing as possible. This included bespoke imagery on the walls on the ground floor.

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