Friday 17th January 2020

 Modular & offsite solutions in healthcare


Geoff Fawkes - The McAvoy Group

James Almond - P+HS Architects

Victoria Philips - Portakabin

Venue: RICS, Great George Street, London, SW1P 3AD

Time; 7.45 - 10.15am

The use of modular buildings in healthcare facilities is nothing new. Yet their recent renaissance as interim or permanent solutions and the drive for utilising modern methods of construction has made many NHS Trusts relook at their use. Interim facilities will still need to meet much of the same criteria as permanent buildings, particularly when dealing with specialist medical units.


Come and join us as our expert panel discusses the context and appropriateness of the use of modular buildings within our healthcare estate:


  • How to optimise the benefits of advanced off-site solutions

  • What are the procurement and design considerations for interim and permanent buildings?

  • How to specify modular buildings – the architect’s perspective

  • When is hiring more appropriate than purchase – a Trust’s view

  • Minimising disruption to patients and staff

  • When does interim become permanent?


Geoff Fawkes
The McAvoy Group

Geoff Fawkes is Business Development Director of The McAvoy Group.  He has over 25 years’ experience in the construction sector. Prior to joining McAvoy, Geoff built an impressive career in the construction industry working for a number of leading businesses, including Tilcon, Tarmac and Lafarge Tarmac.


Geoff is a qualified Chartered Surveyor, a Member of the Chartered Institute of Management and a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. His extensive experience includes running multi-site operations, leading and managing commercial and business development teams, as well as the planning and legal aspects of property matters.

At McAvoy, Geoff is responsible for leading and directing business development and marketing activity for the Group’s offsite construction solutions and interim buildings.

James Almond
P+HS Architects

James is a Director at P+HS Architects and a highly experienced Project Manager.


Leading multi-disciplinary teams at home and abroad, James has successfully delivered projects for a range of sectors, always with the same commitment and client focus. He particularly enjoys the challenges of fast track delivery programmes and working with engaged project teams to exceed client expectations.


James managed the design team for the recently completed Ambulatory Care Scheme at Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital. (NSECH); a fast track development using offsite construction, working closely with the client in defining the project deliverables and timescales.  The new wing delivered 25% additional floor area and was completed within 13 months from start to finish.

Victoria Phillips

With over a decade of experience in the modular building industry, Victoria specialises in helping healthcare providers develop practical solutions to optimise their estates by showcasing how quality healthcare environments are intrinsically linked to the delivery of  exceptional care.

Victoria will share experiences from recent projects and demonstrate that even the quickest solution never compromises quality.

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