Facilities will be known as Rainbow Hospitals
Vinci has been appointed to build two temporary hospitals in north Wales to support the fight against coronavirus.
The contractor is leading Integrated Health Projects (IHP), its joint venture with Sir Robert McAlpine, to build temporary Rainbow Hospitals at Deeside Leisure Centre and Bangor University.
Kier is on site building an 850-bed coronavirus hospital in Swansea.
Renamed Ysbyty Enfys Glannau Dyfrdwy (Rainbow Hospital Deeside) and Ysbyty Enfys Bangor (Rainbow Hospital Bangor), they are part of Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board’s plan to provide a combined 1,000 additional beds.
A third 330-bed hospital at Llandudno on the coast is being built by Flintshire County Council.
The board is working in partnership with local authorities and military planners to establish the hospitals so they can begin providing care for patients by the end of this month.
Vinci is carrying out the work as part of IHP under the Welsh Health Framework.
The firm began work last weekend to demolish a 16,000ft2 indoor wooden skate park at Deeside Leisure Centre, which will be converted into the main ward space for the hospital. When completed Rainbow Hospital Deeside will have 430 beds and Rainbow Hospital Bangor 250.
Vinci has teams working across six hospitals in Wales and the northwest of England either to establish field hospitals from scratch, to refurbish existing units or create critical care wards ahead of schedule to provide the NHS with extra capacity.
IHP is also leading on the development of the Nightingale field hospital in Manchester.