Fit-out specialist fulfils vital healthcare projects

The Louisa Jordan Hospital in Glasgow. Image credit: Balfour Beatty

FURNITURE and fit-out specialist Deanestor has provided clinical equipment to three of the new NHS field hospitals across the UK.

The firm, which has a Scottish division in Dunfermline, worked at the Louisa Jordan Hospital in Glasgow with Balfour Beatty, Robertson, Graham and Kier, supplying a range of equipment including healthcare benching, drug cabinets, medi-rails and storage solutions.

Elsewhere, two projects were completed for BAM Construct UK and with architects BDP, supplying a total of 12 lorry loads of equipment to the Harrogate Convention Centre, which was converted into an NHS Nightingale Hospital. Clinical workbenches and modular storage units totalling 500 items were offloaded, unpacked and delivered just 48 hours after receiving each instruction. This project has delivered a 500-bed critical care facility for Covid-19 patients for the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

The Louisa Jordan Hospital in Glasgow. Image credit: Balfour Beatty

The NEC in Birmingham was also converted into a new Nightingale field hospital, designed by BDP to provide additional capacity for the NHS. Working with Interserve for University Hospitals Birmingham, Deanestor supplied equipment including workbenches and storage space, delivered to site within 24 hours.

William Tonkinson, MD of Deanestor said, “We were very pleased to be part of the fantastic work that has been underway across the UK to support our NHS. A huge thank you to our logistics, despatch and fit-out teams for making these projects happen in just a few days and in some cases working over weekends. The level of collaboration and speed of each project was incredible and is a credit to everyone involved and the UK construction industry.”

Deanestor revealed work has also been accelerating on other healthcare projects. At the £350 million Grange University Hospital in South Wales, Laing O’Rourke made 384 new inpatient beds available a year ahead of schedule. To help achieve this, Deanestor installed over 1,000 soap and towel dispensers and 263 PPE centres, and manufactured and fitted 48 HTM 71 pharmaceutical storage solutions.

Also for Laing O’Rourke, Deanestor’s furniture and fit-out services contributed to the early completion of 150 hospital beds at the Royal Liverpool Hospital project.