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Kent & Canterbury Hospital, Modular Orthopaedic Theatres

Client: MTX Contracts

Completed: 2021

East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust needed to expand its operating services at the Kent and Canterbury Hospital site to cater for an increased patient intake. Working alongside MTX, we were appointed to provide the fully detailed MEP design to RIBA Stage 4 in Revit for four new state-of-the-art Orthopaedic operating theatres together with a new office block and waiting area.

The new theatres were constructed using off-site modular building systems and comprise a single-story facility that houses four orthopaedic operating theatres, a reception and waiting area, an 8-bed recovery bay, a theatre store and all necessary ancillaries. The new facility links directly into the hospital’s current ward department close to the refurbished day care surgery department.

As the construction of the new modular operating theatre block was sited adjacent to the 24/7 patient ward, our engineers needed to carry out detailed site surveys of the infrastructure to determine where the new modular building services could connect to without causing interruption to the existing services. A new dedicated top-floor plant room was provided to support the new scheme.

The design incorporated five new air handling units, one for each theatre and one for the recovery and ancillary area. The air handling units provide HTM03-01-compliant air change rates and pressure regimes required for operating theatre ventilation. Each theatre utilises 3m MAT ultra-clean canopies with integrated multi-movement pendants.