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06 Apr 20201 minute read

Temporary UK hospitals built at record speed

ECAtoday
Temporary UK hospitals built at record speed

Emergency hospitals across the UK are being built in record time to accommodate an expected spike in numbers of coronavirus patients over the coming weeks.

The NHS Nightingale hospital in East London was opened on Friday 3 April with the first 500 beds available, after being built in a few short weeks. Eventually, the facility will comprise 4,000 beds. Hospitals are also reportedly being built in Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol and Harrogate.

The emergency hospital in Glasgow, named the NHS Louise Jordan, should be completed within the next two weeks. It should have a maximum capacity of 1,000 beds. The main contractors working to deliver the Glasgow project include Balfour Beatty, Graham, Kier and Robertson.

Robertson chief executive Elliot Robertson said to Construction News, “we are ensuring the safety of the workers on the project by implementing stringent health and safety procedures reflecting the additional social distancing requirements required in respect of COVID 19."

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