Emergency A&E Waiting Area

Temporary A&E Waiting Area

When Addenbrooke’s Hospital, part of Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, came to us requesting an urgent temporary A&E waiting area to provide extra space, we reacted quickly to understand the requirement and limited space which we had to work in.

Addenbrooke’s provides emergency, surgical and medical care for people in the Cambridge area and is also a regional centre of excellence for specialist services such as organ transplantation, neurosciences, paediatrics and genetics.

The Fews Solution

After surveying the site, it was immediately clear to our project team that many stakeholders would need to be involved, and that careful planning was going to be crucial.  The only space available for the temporary building was on main road next to the A&E department which meant a series of permissions would need to be obtained and logistical issues overcome.

We built a 5m x 10m structure on a 3m leg, secured by weighted blocks to avoid any damage to the surface.  A bespoke ramp with handrails provided easy access for patients, leading to lockable double doors.  Non-slip vinyl flooring offered a safe surface, with overhead infra-red heating and lighting ensured a comfortable space to wait.

Even including the extra planning required due to the various permissions needed to build the structure, we managed to complete the project quickly ensuring the hospital had the additional waiting area exactly when they needed it.

Here’s a report on BBC News about the structure:




  • 5m x 10m Clearspan Premium Structure with Apex PVC Roof on 3m Leg
  • Wind Load: 102 km/h, to DIN EN 13782 (when fully enclosed)
  • 2.5m Glass Double Door with Emergency Exit Bar (c/w Door Key)
  • White PVC
  • Cassette Ring Beam Floor System
  • 500kg Concrete Weight(s) for Premium Structure


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Emergency A&E Marquee
Double door access with emergency exit push bar
Emergency A&E Marquee
Ramp access
Emergency A&E Marquee
Emergency waiting structure
Structure placed next to hospital building
Structure placed next to hospital building
Temporary structure with ramp access
Emergency A&E Marquee
Double access door with emergency exit push bar
Emergency A&E Marquee
Interior of emergency structure
Heating system
Emergency A&E Marquee
Ramp access
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