NHS Nightingale hospitals - COVID-19

In the fight against the coronavirus pandemic we have seen the construction industry unite like never before. As the NHS faced a hospital bed shortage, new facilities were urgently needed to make sure every COVID-19 patient could be cared for if the cases continued to rise.

In response, our Building Services colleagues, working with Integrated Healthcare Partnership, were called upon to support the fight and deliver 553 beds in Preston and Deeside.

Key details

Surge hospitals

  • Preston, Lancashire
  • Deeside, North Wales

Number of beds provided

553

Client

IHP (JV between VINCI Construction UK and Sir Robert McAlpine)

 

Services provided

  • Technical building services advice and design
  • Medical gas design and Authorised Person (AP) 

Solution

The ability to mobilise at speed has been crucial in these projects. The day after receiving the call we were on site at Manchester Nightingale for a de-brief. By day two – in a team made up of the Army, the NHS, the contractor and consultants - we were visiting sites across Lancashire to assess the most suitable to convert. Later on that same day we were called about the second site – already identified in North Wales.

Both sites were existing leisure centre facilities – requiring conversion of the main sports hall at both plus a defrosted ice rink and skate park for the North Wales surge hospital. Our team provided technical building services advice and design as well as specialist medical gas design and Authorised Person (AP) across both sites. The conversion required navigating a number of complex challenges – with changes happening by the hour. Co-located on site, we were able to work together with the full delivery team to provide the design solution within that same hour. A collaborative approach and knowledge sharing across the industry has been crucial to fast track the schemes.

Partway through the conversion in North Wales, due to our deep expertise in medical gas systems we were asked to design and act as the medical gas Authorised Person (AP) at a third hospital in Bangor.

Result

Both sites have been successfully converted within the allocated timescale (two weeks for Preston and three for Deeside), providing 553 beds to house COVID-19 patients and ease the pressure on the NHS hospitals.

 

Supporting the NHS... A video diary

Steve Ogden, Senior Director, recorded his experience as he shared his insight and expertise to deliver two surge hospitals in three weeks. 

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We say we are stronger together. And we are.

We’re proud to have worked in collaboration with the Army, the NHS, consultancies and contractors to deliver these urgently needed hospital facilities. These schemes would usually take a minimum of six months; together we achieved it in less than three weeks. Sharing of knowledge has been first class and it has enabled truly great things.

Steve Ogden , Senior Director

Nightingale Hospital Project Manager

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Take a look

  • Temporary hospital at UCLan's Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre

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  • Temporary hospital at UCLan's Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre

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  • Temporary hospital at UCLan's Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre

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  • Temporary hospital at UCLan's Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre

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  • Temporary hospital at UCLan's Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre

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Project statistics

553
beds
3
weeks
2
locations
1
multi-disciplinary team

Project timeline

  • Day 1

    Call received

  • Day 2

    Team debrief at Manchester Nightingale

  • Days 3-6

    Site visits across Lancashire. Call received about project in North Wales (Deeside)

  • Days 6-27

    Deeside site project delivery

  • Day 9

    Lancashire site identified (Preston)

  • Day 14 - 25

    Preston site project delivery

  • Day 25

    Preston surge hospital live

  • Day 27

    Deeside surge hospital live

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Day 1

Call received

Day 2

Team debrief at Manchester Nightingale

Days 3-6

Site visits across Lancashire. Call received about project in North Wales (Deeside)

Days 6-27

Deeside site project delivery

Day 9

Lancashire site identified (Preston)

Day 14 - 25

Preston site project delivery

Day 25

Preston surge hospital live

Day 27

Deeside surge hospital live

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