Royal Shrewsbury Hospital - Catfoss

Case Study - Royal Shrewsbury Hospital

Royal Shrewsbury Hospital

Shrewsbury & Telford Hospitals NHS Trust (SaTH) needed to relieve pressure on the existing Accident and Emergency department at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital by introducing a Same Day Emergency Care (SDEC) facility.

Having previously delivered the Midwife Lead Unit at the Trusts other hospital, the Princess Royal Hospital Telford Catfoss were approached to develop a modular solution to answer this requirement and also design bespoke office and seminar space in the administration area.

Project Size: 520 sqm, Two Storey


The key challenges Catfoss had to address in the building design and delivery were:

  • Meet exacting programme deadlines that had already precluded a traditional build based on speed of delivery
  • Design a layout that incorporated all required clinical/ non-clinical areas in a limited building footprint that allowed easy access to ‘Majors’ & ‘Minors’ units
  • Allow normal operation of the wider site during works without causing any restriction to the movements of staff, patients or visitors
  • Complete delivery while ensuring work could be carried out properly and professionally in the timescales, without compromising on quality or design
  • Achieve a high specification fully HTM/ HBN compliant building in line with budget expectation

Shrewsbury & Telford Hospitals NHS Trust (SaTH) needed to relieve pressure on the existing Accident and Emergency department at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital by introducing a Same Day Emergency Care (SDEC) facility.

Having previously delivered the Midwife Lead Unit at the Trusts other hospital, the Princess Royal Hospital Telford Catfoss were approached to develop a modular solution to answer this requirement and also design bespoke office and seminar space in the administration area.

The 520Sqm 2 storey HTM/HBN compliant bespoke modular design to deliver this facility incorporates the following:

Ground Floor SDEC centre:

  • Dedicated reception & waiting area
  • Staff & Visitor toilet facilities
  • Dirty Utility & Supplies store
  • Doctors Office
  • Nurse/ Staff base
  • 6no. bed assessment bays
  • 4no. reclining chair assessment bays
  • Beverage Point
  • Exit lobby to stairwell & lift lobby

First Floor Office & Seminar Facilities:

  • Stairwell & Lift lobby
  • 3no. Unisex toilets
  • 1no. Disabled WC
  • Staff lockers & change area
    Cleaners Store
  • Staff restroom with kitchen facilities
  • Seminar room with seating for a minimum
    of 20
  • 9no. 2person office suites

An offsite modular construction from Catfoss was selected as this building method would:

  • Provide all these areas in one regulatory compliant facility with a minimum lifespan of 60years adjacent to the existing A&E
  • Complete the development in just 4months
  • Provide a modern permanent building that would match the existing estate aesthetic
  • Allow existing facilities to remain open during works
  • Meet budget & all regulatory requirements
  • Simplify the process with a ‘turnkey solution’ from one contractor

While the 14 module 520sqm building was being manufactured in the factory, Catfoss undertook site investigations to identify ground conditions followed by installation of building foundations capable of supporting a two-storey build. In tandem with these works, the required planning permissions were also secured after which delivery of the building commenced. From point of order to handover of an HTM/ HBN compliant building took just 4 months.

As a family-owned business with a proud heritage across four generations, we put consultation and customer service at the centre of everything we do. We look to partner with businesses for mutual benefit, as we have with the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital. If you have challenges around availability of space, think Catfoss and get in touch today