AFTER more than 86,000 construction hours were completed, Interserve has handed over the new NHS Nightingale Hospital Birmingham to the NHS to treat Covid-19 patients.
The new hospital at the National Exhibition Centre, which will initially provide 800 patient beds equipped with ventilators, was officially opened by His Royal Highness the Duke of Cambridge and health minister Matt Hancock via a video link.
As principal contractor, Interserve delivered the first phase of the hospital on behalf of the NHS and the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust. More than 400 employees and contractors and 60 Gurkhas from the British Army worked on the project.
Interserve explained this was all achieved in line with social distancing rules set out by the UK Government and following the guidance issued by the Construction Leadership Council.
Interserve is continuing its work at the hospital, increasing patient bed capacity up to 4,000 beds.
Paul Gandy, MD of Interserve Construction said, “Interserve Construction and Interserve Engineering Services together with all our contractors can be proud of what has been achieved delivering the new Nightingale Birmingham Hospital on time.
“Drawing upon our considerable experience delivering construction projects for the NHS, we have worked 24 hours a day to build this hospital. Despite the major logistical challenges, it shows what can be achieved when people come together from across the construction sector. I would like to thank all our everyone involved for their phenomenal efforts in delivering this critical project.”