Kolkata, July 1, 2020: The COVID-19 pandemic has necessitated a ramp up of our country’s healthcare infrastructure. To aid rontline healthcare professionals in their efforts, Tata Group companies – Tata Projects, Tata Consulting Engineers and Tata Steel – showed both agility and collaborative spirit by working together on a 500-bed greenfield hospital project being developed over a 5-acre site in Kasargod in Kerala. With design specifications and inputs from Tata Projects and Tata Consulting Engineers, Tata Steel is supplying a range of modular pre-fabricated Completely Built Units (CBUs) to be used primarily as quarantine and isolation cabins, restrooms, canteens and other service units within the hospital. Besides steel, Tata Steel is using Fibre Reinforced Polymer (FRP) to manufacture quarantine units for the first time in India. Dr Debashish Bhattacharjee, Vice President, Technology & New Materials Business, said, “While our Nest-In business had experience of manufacturing modular steel enclosures, we innovatively made use of FRP material in this project. FRP sandwich sheets were used for the walls and roof. The doors were also made of FRP, which is a more durable material than traditional options. The design was optimised to keep the price point similar to that of an all steel unit.” Each 400m2 quarantine unit can accommodate five beds and one washroom.

The FRP units are made using Tata Structura hollow sections with FRP walls and roof panels. They come with factory-fitted electrical and plumbing systems as well. The FRP units offer several benefits such as being lightweight, a high strength to weight ratio and being easier and cheaper to transport.

“While our Nest-In business had experience of manufacturing modular steel enclosures, we innovatively made use of FRP material in this project. The design was optimised to keep the price point similar to that of an all-steel unit. “