Merit is the UK’s leading industrialised construction and digital manufacturing specialist and prides itself on its ability to design and deliver technically complex, high-quality buildings for the healthcare, biotech and pharmaceutical sectors.

Placing speed, cost, high-quality and sustainable-centric design at the heart of its offering, Merit’s product-based solutions deliver next generation facilities with 75-95% Pre-Manufactured Value (PMV), in a third of the compared to traditional methods of construction.

In 2020, Merit delivered a new build sterilisation services and decontamination supercentre for Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. Merit is currently delivering a portfolio of healthcare projects, including Berwick’s new £35m Community Hospital and a state-of-the-art Elective Hub (Operating Theatre Block) for Solihull Hospital.

Your Company’s Approach to Healthcare:

Merit seeks to continually optimise its way of working to better serve and meets its client requirements. Innovation in its product development and design ensures project flexibility to suit a variety of client requirements; from decontamination suites to mobile hospital wards to diagnostic hubs and full scale hospitals incorporating ATMP hubs.

From concept design and planning to commissioning and validation, everything is handled in-house by Merit’s expert team. The team is dedicated to providing superior solutions to its clients and can guarantee regulatory approval first time for HTM / HBN compliant facilities.

Designing with sustainability in mind, Merit has clear net zero targets in place. Through intelligent use of new technologies, renewables, heat pumps and heat recovery systems, Merit provides healthcare facilities that are zero Scope 1 carbon in operation enabled. Furthermore, its offsite manufactured products have been assessed by an independent BREEAM advisor and achieve BREEAM Excellent as a minimum.

Impact of Your Products/​Services on Healthcare:

Merit believes that the ‘job to be done’, is that the healthcare industry requires projects delivered faster than ever before, that work with perfect certainty and at an affordable price. The team is focused on providing high-quality facilities at pace and scale and with lower build and maintenance costs.

Merit has approached increasing industry demand from a new perspective, as the business looks to fix the construction industry’s well recognised productivity stagnation through industrialisation and digital manufacturing. What makes Merit’s product-based approach so unique is that the team can deliver both on site and offsite works in parallel, which significantly reduces project lead times, ultimately ensuring that new healthcare facilities are in operation faster. Furthermore, everything is handled in-house by Merit’s expert team. Clients can choose any layout they like, to suit their requirements in a quick, efficient and cost effective way.

Innovation in Your Business:

Merit spends around 6% of current GDP on research and development and innovation to develop definitive high-quality solutions for the healthcare sector.

Most recently, the business launched its latest UltraPOD® SFS Variant, as an extension to the already effective UltraPOD®, which has been successfully deployed to other healthcare facilities across the UK.

The new UltraPOD® SFS variant, utilises Merit’s latest roll former, panel line production system to enhance project affordability and accessibility through a significantly reduced programme. The V6 platform comes as standard, rated BREEAM Excellent as a minimum, EPC-A, and energy consumption is 69% lower than current CIBSE hospital benchmarks.

Future Direction:

Merit provides superior solutions for healthcare projects that cannot be matched elsewhere. Since 2015, the business has drastically steered away from traditional methods of construction and has committed solely to its tier 1 factory manufactured platform design. Placing innovation and technology adoption at its core, Merit will continue to develop and integrate its automation strategy across the business in 2024.

Net zero also remains a key driver for Merit and its clients. Through intelligent use of new technologies, renewables, heat pumps and heat recovery systems, Merit is able to design and deliver Zero Scope 1 Carbon in operation enabled buildings. Merit’s approach goes one step further into the analysis of embodied carbon as well. Through advanced offsite manufacturing methods, Merit’s expert team is able to minimise the carbon footprint associated with travel and material logistics, and in 2024 the business is aiming to lower these emissions even further.

In line with its impressive growth plans, Merit is currently delivering multiple healthcare projects in parallel, including Berwick’s new £35m Community Hospital and a state-of-the-art new Elective Hub (Operating Theatre Block) for Solihull Hospital. Merit also kick-started 2024 with another NHS contract win, having been appointed by Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust to design and deliver a new therapy-led unit on site at Norwich Community Hospital.