180-bed facility due to open next month

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Sir Robert McAlpine has been appointed to build a temporary Nightingale Hospital as part of Jersey’s response to covid-19.

The Jersey Nightingale Hospital will create an additional 180 beds for coronavirus patients. It will not provide invasive ventilation.

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McAlpine is working on the Channel Islands project (pictured) alongside joint venture partners, Guernsey-based Garenne and Scottish M&E contractor FES.

The hospital is under construction on Millbrook Playing Field and will be operational in the first week of May, less than a month after the decision was taken to build it.

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Work on site is under way with assembly of the aluminium frame and semi-rigid panels used to create the temporary building.

The 150m by 30m building will include enough space for six 30-bed wards and areas to admit and discharge patients, as well as staff rest and changing facilities, x-rays, equipment storage, laundry and a morgue.

McAlpine is working on the NHS Nightingale Hospital North West in Manchester, which it has been building with joint venture partner Vinci and which formally opened on Friday, while FES worked on the Glasgow SEC Nightingale Hospital.

McAlpine is also working on temporary covid-19 hospitals at Bangor in North Wales and Preston, Lancashire.