String of temporary facilities built by industry

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The industry has been enlisted to build temporary hospitals across the country as part of the UK’s fight against the covid-19 pandemic.

Hospitals in London, Manchester and Birmingham have already been completed, while work on several others is well underway.

Contractors working on the projects include Sir Robert McAlpine, Kier and Balfour Beatty.

Here, we list the firms who have been helping build the hospitals. The project teams will be updated as more details are made available.

NHS Nightingale Hospital London

Coordinating deliveries at NHS Nightingale

Project team

Design and management

  • Royal Free London Property Services
  • KPMG - project management team
  • BDP - space planning and architecture leads.
  • The Richard Stephens Partnership - M&E
  • Mott MacDonald - externals and landscape
  • Eta Projects - utilities lead
  • DP9 - town and country planning advice
  • Mitie - hard FM
  • Hoare Lea - commissioning and witnessing
  • ISS - soft FM
  • NHS - clinical lead
  • Mace - project management
  • The British Army


  • CFES - main contractor
  • GES - floors, bed heads and electrical
  • Alpine Works - medical gas, plumbing and electrical installations
  • D&L Medical - medical gas lead
  • ExCeL Centre
  • Wilson James - logistics
  • The British Army

Location: ExCel London
Beds: 4,000
Stage: Complete


NHS Nightingale Hospital North West


Project team

  • International Health Partners (Vinci/Sir Robert McAlpine JV) - main contractor
  • BDP - lead architect
  • Mott MacDonald and Archus - project management, cost consultancy and technical advisory services
  • NG Bailey - M&E contractor 
  • The British Army

Location: Manchester Central Conference Centre
Beds: 36 available initially, up to 750
Stage: Complete


NHS Nightingale Hospital Birmingham

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Project team

  • Interserve - main contractor
  • BDP -  lead architect
  • Hoare Lea
  • WSP
  • J&P Carpentry & Joinery 
  • 60 Gurkhas from the British Army

Location: NEC
Beds: 800 initially, up to 2,000
Stage: Stage 1 complete and operational


NHS Nightingale Hospital Bristol

UWE Hospital 3

Source: BPD

Project team

  • Kier - main contractor
  • Integral UK - M&E
  • BDP -  lead architect
  • Faithful + Gould - cost management

Location: Exhibition and Conference Centre on UWE Bristol’s Frenchay campus
Beds: Up to 1,000
Stage: Under construction


NHS Nightingale Hospital Harrogate

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Project team

  • Bam - main contractor
  • BDP -  lead architect
  • Silcock Leedham - services engineer
  • Bam Design - structural engineer
  • Arcadis - project and cost management services
  • NG Bailey - M&E contractor

Location: Harrogate Convention Centre
Beds: 500
Stage: Complete


NHS Louisa Jordan hospital in Glasgow


Project team

  • Balfour Beatty, Kier, Graham and Robertson - main contractors
  • Aecom - project and cost management, electrical, civil and structural engineering, IT design and health and safety advice
  • Keppie - architect
  • FES - M&E contractor
  • Mott MacDonald - project management

Location: Scottish Events Campus
Beds: 300
Stage: Complete


NHS Nightingale Hospital Swansea


Project team

  • Kier - main contractor  
  • Andrew Scott - contractor
  • TRJ - civil engineering and demolition
  • IBI Group - architect

Location: Bay Studio
Beds: 500 initially, 850 in total
Stage: Under construction


Rainbow Hospital Bangor

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Project team

  • IHP (Vinci/Sir Robert McAlpine JV) - main contractor  
  • Gleeds - project and cost management
  • HE SIMM - M&E
  • TACP - architect

Location: Bangor University
Beds: 430
Stage: Under construction


Rainbow Hospital Deeside

Rainbow Hospital Deeside 3

Project team

  • IHP (Vinci/Sir Robert McAlpine JV) - main contractor  
  • Gleeds - project and cost management
  • HE SIMM - M&E
  • TACP - architect

Location: Deeside Leisure Centre
Beds: 250
Stage: Under construction


Rainbow Hospital Llandudno

Venue Cymru


Project team

  • Pen Y Bryn Joinery and JRS Mechanical - contractors
  • Gleeds - project and cost management

Location: Venue Cymru
Beds: 320
Stage: Under construction


Jersey Nightingale Hospital

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 Project team

  • J3 joint venture (Sir Robert McAlpine, Garenne and FES) - contractors

Location: Venue Cymru
Beds: 180
Stage: Under construction


Dragon’s Heart hospital, Cardiff

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Project team

  • Mott MacDonald - project manager, lead designer, cost consultant and employer agent
  • Archus - healthcare planning support
  • ESG Global - construction coordinator and overlay design
  • BDP - architect
  • Hoare Lea - building services engineer

Location: Principality Stadium
Beds: 300 initially, up to 2,000 available
Stage: Operational

Last updated: 22 April

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