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King’s College Hospital Project Nears Completion

11 September 2013

Howorth Air Technology’s role in a £10m modular Design and Build project at Kings College Hospital is nearing completion.  Kings is an acute care facility in the London Borough of Southwark, and is also a major teaching hospital.  Howorth worked closely throughout the project with its modular building partner, Elliott Off-Site Building Solutions.

Kings college hospital

Kings college hospital nears completion

The Infill 4 project started as a single modular theatre, but Trust requirements changed and the scheme grew considerably.  The finished building contains four storeys and incorporates two specialist liver theatres and first stage recovery (all with concrete floors), isolation rooms, single bed occupancy rooms and general ward areas for some 50 patients. All plant is housed externally on the roof behind plant screens or in rooftop plantrooms. Approximately 80% of the building services installation into the modules took place off-site at Elliott’s Yorkshire factory.


With approximately 140 pre-serviced modules  to deliver and erect on a very constrained site (the site is almost completely enclosed, with minimal space for contractors’ site set up), and hospital access required 24hrs a day, the project was a significant challenge. A  design and construction programme of just 24 weeks, ensured that critical operational dates were met and disruption to the hospital kept to a minimum.


Howorth and Elliott provided a full turnkey solution and worked closely with project architects, Architon.  The scheme complies with all current HBN and HTM regulations and, with  the inclusion of solar energy generation, energy efficient heating, lighting and air conditioning installations, combined with a high quality building structure, very efficient building insulation and structural air tightness, will achieve the highest possible BREEAM rating for a building of this type.


Howorth was selected for the project due to its track record of providing fast track, high quality and cost effective specialist modular facilities, specifically operating theatres. Howorth’s introduction of Elliott to the project, as one of the only high volume specialist healthcare modular contractors able to facilitate the complexities and timescales involved, created a team that the Trust considered would deliver a successful new facility for the hospital.

Watch the digital walk through of the facility here

kings college movie

kings college modular construction walk-through