COVID-19 Healthcare & nursing pods with rapid prefabricated construction

COVID-19: Healthcare and nursing pods with rapid prefab construction

Introducing a prefabricated healthcare pod solution that can be deployed rapidly and at scale in the UK in response to Covid-19.

This advanced modular system available in the UK from Architectural Wallsz is purpose-designed to convert existing hospital rooms and buildings as well as to create entirely new healthcare facilities in open spaces to meet emergency requirements.

Crucially, our installations allow for the highest standards of infection control and cleanliness.

Solutions range from a single acute medical care pod to large-scale healthcare and nursing pod installations.


ready-to-ship healthcare rooms to any site in the UK within 30 days

We can manufacture, ship and install up to 500 healthcare rooms to any site in the UK in 30 days.

Rapidly deployable healthcare pod solutions

We’ve designed 3.6M X 3M acute care rooms that can be deployed almost anywhere. Our healthcare pod solutions are ready to go in the UK to get prefabricated alternate care sites in place fast.

How our technology can help ease the strain

Below are some examples of how DIRTT modular technology can be deployed to adapt existing healthcare interiors, convert non-medical spaces for healthcare or to fit-out temporary structures such as mobile buildings.


Convert lower acuity units to high acuity units

Repurpose administration spaces to triage or overflow areas

Adapt cold shell spaces to isolation rooms, triage or overflow areas

Convert non-medical spaces such as gymnasiums and exhibition halls into treatment centres

Interior Construction

Turn new or existing temporary buildings into

Triage, treatment and administration spaces

Drive-through testing and labs stations

Isolation rooms

Your partner in the UK

Work with Architectural Wallsz in the UK to plan, design and build the right temporary healthcare interiors for your requirements.

We will tailor a solution that is specific to your needs and the conditions at your site. We then use our advanced technology to build it quickly.

    Advanced Technology

    This is a purpose-designed prefabricated solution for healthcare interiors, a building process that utilises advanced technology and manufacturing. Working with you, we can rapidly design healthcare pods to your specification, including walls, doors, power and medical gas systems.

    Built with extreme precision in our own controlled factories in just a few days, components for the healthcare rooms are then shipped to site for a clean, fast and seamless install.

    Our ability to deliver with extraordinary speed allows healthcare facilities to get up and running faster so that they can be providing a service to patients.

    Our healthcare and nursing pod systems are designed for disassembly, ensuring quicker maintenance and easy adjustments as conditions change. Although they can function as permanent interiors, our solutions can also be repurposed. This secures your investment long-term by giving you the ability to adapt to changing needs.

    As well as providing acute care capacity, our healthcare pods can be designed for a variety of uses.

    Exam rooms

    Triage rooms

    Patient rooms

    Isolation rooms (positive and negative pressure)

    Diagnostic labs

    Administration spaces

    Drive-through testing and lab stations

    We also provide headwall systems.

    Building healthy spaces

    We are specialists in creating healthy spaces for patients, front-line care workers, families and communities. In the context of the novel coronavirus outbreak, our services will help you to accommodate the increased needs for medical facilities, quickly and with minimum disruption.

    Fast and on time

    Working with us, you can deliver care ahead of schedule, opening your doors weeks ahead of what would be possible with conventional construction. Manufactured off-site in days, we install on site in a fraction of the time that ordinary construction requires.

    Easy-to-clean spaces

    We design for better infection prevention and control by installing technology in the walls behind cleanable surfaces. We reduce touchpoints with our design elements, and our hospital-grade finishes help lower infection transfer. Meanwhile, our flexible hanging options move technology and accessories off the floor.


    Acute care room Template specifications

    3.6M X 3M rooms

    Option 1

    3.6M X 3M rooms without power

    Convert lower acuity units to high acuity units

    Repurpose administration spaces to triage or overflow areas

    Adapt cold shell spaces to isolation rooms, triage or overflow areas

    Convert non-medical spaces such as gymnasiums and exhibition halls into treatment centres

    Option 2

    3.6M X 3M rooms with power

    Turn new or existing temporary buildings into

    Triage, treatment and administration spaces

    Drive-through testing and labs stations

    Isolation rooms

    Five-room isolation pod solution

    Scalable and reconfigurable to suit your needs

    Modules are shipped within days of your order*

    Under negative air pressure via a fan and HEPA filter

    Other materials and customisations may affect lead times.

    What’s included in the five-room option

    Factory assembled walls

    Factory assembled walls

    For five isolation rooms

    Three sides consisting of centre-mounted low-pressure laminate panels and a single standard 1.2M headwall

    Entry side includes centre mounted monolithic glass modules (glass front) with a 1.5M aluminium framed sliding glass door

    Structural frames and glass fronts are non-combustible. Solid partitions and headwall finish panels have been tested to European spread of flame standards (EN 13501)

    Medical Gas (optional add-on for five rooms)

    Factory-assembled flexible hose medical gas distribution system in walls (DIRTT Flex Gas)

    UL/CUL listed

    Two oxygen and one medical air outlet in each room connected to copper risers via DISS hoses

    Note: Ventilators (provided by others) requiring medical air and oxygen can also be fed via the flexible medical gas system, dramatically reducing oxygen canisters required on site

    Electrical (optional add-on for five rooms)


    Healthcare-grade, modular quick connect, daisy chain power

    One quad outlet per room, additional outlets optional

    Includes all components to gang five rooms together

    Enables a single point of connection to base building or generator via one three-circuit power input cable


    Six hours with a crew of four per high acuity isolation five pack or ten crew hours for a ten-pack (back-to-back five-pack)

    Installed on site by certified DIRTT technicians working with local teams

    This concept supports highly functional, rapid deployment with materials that support faster production, minimise cost, maximise our supply chain, maximise durability and enable easy tear down and redeployment so that the installation can be moved and repurposed.


    Large scale deployment

    Up to 500 rooms can be delivered in the UK in a matter of days. As with all our installations, rooms are designed to your specification. You will also benefit from economies of scale as contracts are priced on a sliding scale per unit depending on quantity.

    What’s included in our service

    Wall frames in a range of finishes are installed above the floor. They can be freestanding, connect to the underside of a ceiling or support a ceiling.

    Minimum height 1.2M, maximum height 3M • Infection-control gaskets

    1.2M swing doors and ironmongery – 1.1M clear opening

    Factory installed utilities and/or rough-in for electric, network, low voltage, plumbing, medical gasses and other trades as required.

    What’s not included

    Building or temporary structure, ceiling and floor

    MEP (mechanical and electrical,) utility engineering and infrastructure

    Connection of factory-installed components to building utilities


    Pop-up and mobile clinics

    Our technology was used to install a three-room clinic in a shipping container to provide quality healthcare in remote locations.

    Arizona State University researchers and our construction partner in Phoenix, US, digg, collaborated on creating this mini medical clinic to help make healthcare more accessible in northern Uganda.

    The project, funded by the Office of Naval Research, used DIRTT solutions to transform a 40-foot shipping container into a fully functional, self-powered mini healthcare facility complete with a water purification system and solar power. This self-sustaining clinic will service a camp of over 12,000 people.

    Currently, the Ayilo II Refugee Settlement in Uganda faced major barriers when providing reliable care related to public health, disaster relief, humanitarian aid, and military operations.

    This is largely in part to having no direct supply to clean water and unreliable power sources. This clinic will greatly increase the region’s capacity to provide proper care to those in need. Medical Teams International will be providing the medical services, equipment and supplies, which were shipped to site in the container prior to its refit.