MTX leads £7.5 million expansion project at Pinderfields Hospital

New MMC decant ward progressing in Wakefield, Yorkshire, with limited disruption to site

Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) healthcare specialist, MTX, is making great progress with its latest project at West Yorkshire’s Pinderfields Hospital. The £7.5 million MMC project will provide Pinderfields Hospital with a brand-new decant ward to relocate patients while essential remodelling and refurbishment work on main healthcare facilities take place.


Current NHS goals are to deliver approximately nine million more tests and checks by 2025. Decant wards are crucial to achieving these targets, as they increase capacity to undertake procedures and scans.

Pinderfields Hospital’s new decant ward will enable flexible operation, allowing for the renovation of state-of-the-art units. These are designed to deliver more modern healthcare and will provide vital upgrades to services, ultimately improving the patient experience whilst also increasing capacity and reducing backlog pressures on the NHS.


The first phase of the project is well underway, with the onsite groundworks and foundation stages of the Critical Care Unit decant ward nearing completion. When complete, this will include a re-provided room, donning and doffing areas for hospital staff, and a bariatric care unit. Off-site, the main building modules are under construction and are due to be installed from the end of September 2022.

The second phase of the project is due to commence 15 months after the completion of phase one. This phase involves converting the open critical care ward into four-bed wards and the donning and doffing areas into single bedrooms to increase capacity across the ward.


Thanks to the combined experience and hard work of the MTX team and external design consultants, together they have already overcome a multitude of challenges – mainly owing to the brownfield nature of the site. The team responded to the changing ground conditions by evolving the foundation design of the project, with minimal impact or disruption to the site.

The fully compliant MMC build is reducing construction times by up to 50 per cent and wastage by up to 60 per cent, whilst still delivering high standards. The project will support the Trust’s requirements for limited disruption and speed of delivery and allow the hospital to continue its operations throughout the works.


Jonathan Leech, Project Lead at MTX, commented: “We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Pinderfields Hospital, to showcase our flexible and multifunctional MMC solutions. The decant ward will assist in both developing and renovating new hospital wards. Additionally, this will relieve pressure on existing facilities to help increase capacity, ease the backlogs, and shorten delays for operations, treatments and screenings. We could not do this without the support of everyone involved in the project and their continuing hard work’’.


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