Arcadis and BDP also working on project

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The project team chosen to build the emergency Nightingale Hospital in Harrogate has been announced.

The new 500-bed facility, part of the government’s response to the covid-19 pandemic, involves converting the Harrogate Convention Centre in North Yorkshire to accommodate the level three critical care beds for the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

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Bam Construction has been appointed design and build contractor under the government’s ProCure 22 framework, while Bam Design is carrying out structural engineering.

BDP, which worked on the emergency facility at the ExCel in east London, is the lead architect while Silcock Leedham will provide services engineering. Arcadis is providing project management and quantity surveying services.

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Paul Cleminson, pre-construction director for Bam Construction in the North-east, said: “We have mobilised immediately with a team which is working 24 hours in shifts around the clock, following government guidance about safe working and delivering these emergency facilities to assist the effort to support our NHS.”

The project will convert eight halls, normally used for exhibitions and events, into the temporary hospital.

The team is working in shift patterns and working closely with medical staff and the Army. Following the completion of works, Bam’s facilities management business will help to maintain the facility.

The hospital is expected to be available for use by next weekend. All construction will have taken no longer than 14 days.

Bam said it was close to starting work on two further emergency Nightingale hospitals.