The goal behind the Cura concept is to create quick-to-build and energy efficient multi-purpose health facilities to meet the needs of local healthcare.
According to Willmott Dixon, the NHS is under pressure to regenerate its ageing estate but budgets are stretched. This is where its pre-fab healthcare facilities could be of use.
The Cura is built using a pre-cast concrete frame structure manufactured off-site with standard sized multi-use rooms that are suitable for dental, general practices, diagnostics, and mental health requirements.
The structures can range in size from 1,500m² to 5,000m² and take about 40 weeks to build, depending on the size of the hub required.
Willmott Dixon has previously brought the pre-designed custodial facilities called CODE to market. It has £200m in orders for these and the CODE and is currently being used by police forces in Humberside.
"Cura will give NHS Trusts, councils, and their partners the benefit of quicker delivery for much needed facilities with the added bonus of cost, programme, and quality certainty, which is a key issue with the budget restraints in place," says Anastasia Chrysafi, Willmott Dixon’s Cura lead.
"Importantly, we configure the internal layout to suit local needs, with the pre-cast element also providing high levels of thermal mass, which moderates the internal temperature and makes the building as energy-efficient as possible."