BDP and Integrated Health Projects (IHP) are proud to have been instrumental in the creation of the Manchester Nightingale Hospital at the Manchester Central Convention Complex that opened officially today (Friday, 2pm, 17 April).
Designed by BDP and delivered by IHP, the joint venture between VINCI Construction UK and Sir Robert McAlpine under the ProCure 22 Framework, have worked alongside NHS staff, the Army, Mott MacDonald, and NG Bailey to complete the 750 bed hospital from scratch in a Grade II* listed building in less than 2 weeks. It has taken up to 1,000 people working 24-hours a day to achieve.
Officially known as NHS Nightingale Hospital North West it is equipped to receive up to 750 coronavirus patients from across the region who do not need intensive care but still require treatment. The hospital has been functioning since 13 April. This releases crucial critical care beds in existing hospitals.
The project has been an excellent example of collaboration across all construction disciplines, local government, the military and the NHS. IHP were asked to proceed on Saturday 28 March and within 12 hours our team was up and running in liaison with the NHS and the Army and the facility was handed over 13 days after construction began. The 14,500 sqm of flooring could cover Wembley twice over; there is 104km of data cable that is the same distance as a return journey from Manchester to Liverpool; there is 45km of power cable and the 3,400m of partitioning is 17 times the height of the local Deansgate Square tower.
It will be staffed by consultants, junior doctors, nurses, healthcare support workers, physiotherapists, pharmacists, occupational therapists, social workers, and a huge range of non-clinical support workers and administrators.
Professor Michael McCourt, the chief executive of the Manchester Nightingale thanked all of the contractors and suppliers involved: “It has been incredibly humbling to see all the hard work that has gone into building a hospital out of nothing and in such a short period of time. No matter what your role has been, without you, this wouldn’t have been possible. Teams have worked day and night, in a challenging environment to achieve this and you should be very proud of your contribution.
“This hospital will play a crucial role in caring for Covid-19 patients and supporting hospitals across the region. By providing care for patients who no longer need to be in a critical care environment we will be helping to make sure the highest-level critical care beds are available for those patients who need them. This hospital will help save lives. On behalf of the NHS, the patients this hospital will care for and their families I want to say thank you.”
Principal Ged Couser said: “Delivering emergency hospital facilities in conference and exhibition centres is unprecedented, so we have been drawing on our previous experience of designing large-scale healthcare facilities in hospitals like Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool.
The biggest challenge on the project has been responding to an evolving brief while delivering the services at the same time, and all within two weeks, from the very start to the project handover.
The scale of the task has been absolutely unprecedented, and it has taken an incredible collaborative team effort between the client, the design team, the contractor and the army.”
John Roberts, of IHP and Regional Managing Director of VINCI Construction UK, said: “The commendation from Professor Michael McCourt sums up the enormous effort made by everyone across the project. The teamwork between contractors, the NHS staff and the army has been superb, and the project is an excellent demonstration of the partnership and commitment within the IHP team and our suppliers. Everyone has done a great job and on behalf of IHP I want to thank everyone involved particularly colleagues in VINCI Construction, Sir Robert McAlpine, Mott MacDonald, BDP and NG Bailey.”