Merit outlines new Norfolk healthcare unit approach


Offsite specialist Merit has been appointed to deliver a new multi-million-pound healthcare facility in Norfolk.   

Credit: Merit.

Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust (NCH&C) hired the business to deliver its new Willow Therapy Unit, a 48-bed modular facility on the Norwich Community Hospital site. 

The trust was one of 30 NHS organisations awarded funding last year to increase capacity to relieve hospital pressures and cut waiting lists. 

Northumberland-headquartered Merit has given itself five months to design and deliver the scheme for the Norfolk and Waveney area, which will improve the transition of patients from hospital care to the community. 

Willow Therapy Unit will include single and four-bed bays, treatment areas, assessment kitchen, self-service café, staff amenities and reception area. 

Merit will be delivering the facility using advanced 4D BIM modelling technology and its new V6 UltraPOD® SFS variant. 

“We’re delighted to be working collaboratively with Norfolk Community Health & Care NHS Trust to deliver this new facility, which will bring improved healthcare services to the local community,” said Merit CEO, Tony Wells“Merit’s new UltraPOD® SFS variant is ideal for this project, bringing enormous advantages in terms of speed, quality, a sustainable centric design, enhanced infection control and affordability. 

“At Merit, we’re continually looking for new ways in which to innovate and optimise our product offering, so that we can provide the go-to choice for swift and efficient project delivery. The traditional construction business model struggles with quality, affordability and accessibility, we believe our new UltraPOD® SFS variant will solve a range of customer problems, whilst simultaneously increasing overall UK healthcare building capability through our automated industry 4.0 factory solution to provide healthcare facilities of the future.” 

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