Offsite construction specialist Premier Modular has secured a £9.8m contract to construct a new unit at St Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey.

Under the contract, the company will be responsible for the construction of a 62-bed Priority Assessment Unit for the Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Premier, as main contractor for the project, will be supported by strategic delivery partner Claritas Group.

The new two-storey facility will house 62 patient bays, nurse stations, staff rooms, seminar rooms, laundry, clean utilities, and kitchenettes.

The Priority Assessment Unit will be connected to the Emergency Department and will be equipped with medical gases, datacomms, security systems, CCTVs, nurse call systems, and fully integrated with the main hospital.

Premier Modular director Dan Allison said: “This scheme is ideally suited to offsite construction. It allows the Trust to meet an urgent need to expand capacity for emergency care and the development of a very constrained site.

“The new building will be located in a courtyard and close to the Emergency Department which will require careful logistical planning.”

Designed by BDP and delivery architects P+HS, the facility is expected to be completed this summer.

Additionally, Premier Modular is maximising the construction and fitout work offsite, which will enable early occupation to support the growing demand for emergency care.

Property and Capital Development assistant director Andrew Grimes said: “The Premier solution met the technical constraints of this site, particularly to provide seamless connections at two levels to maintain patient flows between the existing Emergency Department.

“Premier has demonstrated the flexibility and design capabilities to engineer a bespoke solution for this challenging site, with all the speed, quality and value benefits of offsite construction.”