First 800 beds at NEC site completed tomorrow

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Interserve is on track to complete the new Nightingale Hospital Birmingham tomorrow (Friday).

The initial phase of the development will have capacity to treat 800 coronavirus patients as of this weekend.

The site at the NEC will eventually accommodate up to another 4,000 patient beds.

More than 400 people have worked on the first phase of the covid-19 facility, working on site 24 hours a day for the past week.

The contractor said it was built in line with the social distancing guidelines set out by the UK government.

Interserve is being supported by 60 Gurkhas, who are providing essential labour and distribution delivery, as well as helping to put the beds in place.

Paul Gandy, managing director at Interserve, said: “The NHS Nightingale Birmingham has been built at a remarkable pace and with huge discipline. Our 400 employees and contractors have worked over 40,000 hours since Saturday to build this hospital, employing great logistics and project management skills.”

The project team includes CG Reynolds and Creative Events, who worked on partitions, flooring specialists Multifloor, Pinnacle, Gladston & Westcotes; as well as Martin Bull, Construction Services and Midland Medical.

The new hospital is the second of several under development in the UK to be completed - with the London Nightingale hospital at the ExCeL opening last Friday.

Bam is building a new hospital in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, while Balfour Beatty, Kier Robertson and Graham are working on one in Glasgow. Kier is also working on a coronavirus hospital in Swansea while Vinci and Sir Robert McAlpine are working on one at Manchester.

NHS Nightingale Hospital Birmingham in Numbers

  • 400 employees and contractors from Interserve
  • 64 miles of cable laid
  • 10 miles of copper piping
  • 15,000m2 of plywood
  • Vinyl flooring across the equivalent of 11.5 football pitches
  • 4,000 patient beds at completion
  • The metal used in the bed bays, laid end to end, would stretch over 22km