Portable Buildings: A Cost-Effective Solution for the UK Healthcare Sector

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There has never been more pressure on our healthcare system than in the past few years up to present times. As we are all well aware, during the pandemic demand spiked for hospital wards and vaccination centres. As part of the UK’s solution, temporary healthcare spaces were created, and extensive use was made of portable buildings.

As the healthcare system works hard to catch up with the backlog of demand that built up over the pandemic, the pressure for expanded facilities continues. In response, the NHS  has set up almost 100 community diagnostic centres across England. These are designed to be ‘one stop shops’ that can offer tests, checks and scans in convenient locations.

Many of these centres have been created through the installation of a portable building. Here are the main reasons why modular buildings are ideal for healthcare purposes.

Speed of installation

One of the main advantages is that a portable building can be assembled within a day. The manufacturing of the building takes place off-site, and once sourced and delivered, the new facility can be up and running within a few days. This is a huge benefit in the time-critical healthcare sector, as the pandemic demonstrated.

Minimal disruption

Portable buildings can be installed near healthcare facilities or other public spaces with minimal disruption to the public or transport systems. This is particularly important as the facilities naturally need to be in highly populated areas that are easily accessible to patients and staff.

Traditional construction methods can take months or even years to plan, design, and complete. During this time, the site will be a source of extra congestion and noise and air pollution, which is particularly disruptive near hospitals and clinics.

Cost effective

The NHS budget has never been under greater strain, as it battles with an ever increasing demand for services and staff wage rises. During the years of austerity following the financial crisis of 2008/9, many hospitals and other NHS services experienced significant underinvestment, leaving them still struggling to catch up.

All this means that few healthcare establishments have the resources to invest in new permanent buildings. Portable buildings can be supplied at a fraction of the cost of traditional construction methods, providing an ideal alternative choice to create extra space.


Modular buildings can easily be moved, adapted, extended, or repurposed as demand changes, unlike traditional buildings. This is especially useful in the healthcare sector, where demand can fluctuate seasonally or due to outbreak of a novel virus such as Covid-19.

Portable buildings are not only ideal to provide patient services, but can be used for many other purposes including store rooms, staff rooms, training centres, toilets, relative rooms, and all the other myriad needs that hospitals and surgeries bring.


Last but not least, portable buildings are often constructed from sustainable materials with embodied carbon, and produce far less carbon dioxide emissions and waste than traditional on-site construction methods.

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