Norwich-based Future50 firm Eco-Classrooms targets healthcare markets

Lucy McKay, business development officer at Eco-Classrooms

Lucy McKay, business development officer at Eco-Classrooms - Credit: Archant

A Norwich-based Future50 firm is forging ahead with a new venture to work with the NHS after launching a new range of sustainable healthcare buildings.

Eco-Classrooms has launched a sister company and website platform, after generating significant business last year from Norfolk and Waveney Primary Care Trust.

Formed in 2010 to offer low-cost solutions to schools looking to meet the government's 2016 target to achieve sustainable schools, the firm specialises in producing modular designs aimed at cutting energy and carbon usage.

Lucy McKay, right, business development manager at Eco-Classrooms, said the firm pursued the new venture after realising that its unique structures could also compliment the ever changing needs of the NHS. She said: 'With the newly appointed clinical commissioning groups (CCG's) set up in April giving GP Practises greater responsibility, it's vital that the estates management with the NHS isn't the stumbling block in meeting patient and staff changing needs.

'The company has recently adapted its standard eco-classroomTM to re-locatable units in four modular bays over two sites in Lowestoft. Constructed completely off site the unit was delivered from the factory and craned over existing healthcare buildings into position in just 12 hours.

'It was ready to receive the first patients just five days later. This scheme provided a conference room and a separate treatment room for a site in Lowestoft.

She added: 'It was installed as a temporary solution whilst a permanent facility is constructed, but this four bay modular unit could be relocated in the future to provide additional accommodation elsewhere. Another similar building is awaiting transportation this month.'

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Meanwhile on the education side, she said a first London based classroom is under construction in Enfield.

The double classroom extension with an adapted pitched roof will be completed in just 10 weeks.

The firm's growing portfolio boasts a diversity of structures including a dance studio, a café and study centre blending with the outside area, and a specialist educational centre comprising of an array of small meeting rooms and classrooms, a conference room and offices and various individually designed classroom structures for all age groups.

It has recently worked on a double classroom extension at Parkside School in Norwich overcoming the challenges of difficult site access and a modified lower height to accommodate existing floor and roof levels in the existing building.