Refurbishment of existing modules to provide new Resource Centre at Fulbourn Hospital

Constructing Excellence

Morgan Sindall supported Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Foundation NHS Trust to meet their sustainability targets utilising an innovative approach to modular construction. The Trust’s Action 50 Green Plan sees them aiming to halve their carbon emissions by 2032 (from a 2019 baseline) and achieve net-zero by 2045.

A team from Morgan Sindall’s Cambridge office transformed a disused modular structure into a new state of the art resource centre at Fulbourn Hospital for Cambridge & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT). The units were previously used as the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) building at another healthcare facility and replaces the old resource centre at the hospital which was no longer fit for purpose.

Fulbourn Hospital is a mental health facility, due to the nature of the live site the works were carried out with minimal disruption. Following delivery to the Fulbourn site, the modular units were made watertight to enable the interior works to commence just four days after delivery.

By recycling the modular units, the Morgan Sindall team were able to utilise the current steel structure of the building, cutting build time significantly. This method also diverted a significant amount of waste from landfill and cut CO2 emissions, making it a more sustainable alternative to manufacturing a new structure.

The new Resource Centre co-locates teams from existing departments such as physiotherapy, art and music therapy, the pharmacy team and a gym for service-users who are being cared for at the Trust’s mental health wards for adults and older people at the hospital with physio and occupational therapy areas, office accommodation and meeting rooms. A new branch of The EDGE Café will shortly open at the centre. The new facility will deliver a long list of benefits for the local community.


Three Winning Facts:
  1. Circular economy and a unique approach to modular construction  were combined to enable the customer to decarbonise their hospital estate by 144 tonnes.
  2. The team worked with specialist modular consultants and innovative supply chain at an early stage to problem solve a unique project.
  3. Over 50 stakeholders were engaged with throughout the project, to ensure, upon handover, they could hit the ground running in this important mental health facility.