Firm working for health department and Home Office
Interserve has been awarded a contract to convert three London hotels into covid-19 isolation centres to accommodate patients who are recovering from the disease.
The contractor has been appointed by the health department to convert the Holiday Inn Heathrow Ariel (pictured) hotel.
It has been block booked by the Department of Health for use as an isolation and quarantine facility should it be required.
It will be used for international visitors to the UK who develop coronavirus symptoms and for Britons who have returned home from countries that have had covid-19 cases.
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Interserve is also converting the Holiday Inn Brent Cross and the Crowne Plaza Stockley Hotel into isolation units on behalf of the Home Office. They will accommodate asylum seekers who exhibit symptoms associated with covid-19.
The firm has already converted two other facilities into isolation units on behalf of the NHS at Arrowe Park Hospital on the Wirral and at a hotel and conference centre at Kents Hill Park in Milton Keynes.
They were used to quarantine British citizens who were evacuated from Wuhan in February, the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak in China.
The work follows the firm’s recent delivery of the first phase of the new NHS Nightingale Hospital Birmingham at the National Exhibition Centre. The facility has 800 beds and will eventually accommodate up to 4,000 patients.