Drainage team says temporary hospital role was a ‘privilege’

LANES Group has revealed details of the role its drainage engineers played in the creation of the temporary NHS Louisa Jordan Hospital at Glasgow’s Scottish Events Campus (SEC), which was established to treat Covid-19 patients, if necessary, during the pandemic.

Lanes was commissioned by Graham, one of the principal contractors, to carry out CCTV drainage surveys and clean sewers around the site. Lanes delivered similar services to support the opening of the 250-bed Rainbow Hospital Deeside, an emergency hospital set up in on behalf of NHS Wales. 

Construction teams worked alongside more than 150 NHS Scotland clinical and operational staff to prepare the hospital. 

Lanes deployed a jet vac tanker and a CCTV drainage survey unit to the site for four days. Several hundred metres of pipework, ranging in diameter from 100mm to 250mm, were surveyed using pushrod and robotic crawler cameras. All the sewer pipes were also cleaned with water jets.

Lanes Glasgow regional manager Brian Kerrigan said, “It has been a privilege to have been asked to support such a critically important project. It’s a reflection on the professionalism and skill of the entire workforce that the hospital was created so quickly. We’re pleased Lanes can contribute as a company to the national response to the coronavirus pandemic and assist in giving front-line medical teams the resources they need to protect and save people affected by the virus.”

The Lanes team remained on site so it could be deployed when required to carry out site surveys as quickly as possible.

Brian Kerrigan added, “It was important to establish the condition and connectivity of the in-situ pipework to ensure the hospital’s drainage system had the capacity needed for the hundreds of new sinks being installed.”