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NHS Nightingale Hospital Manchester Finished Within Two Weeks

NHS Nightingale Hospital Manchester Finished Within Two Weeks
17 April 2020 | Updated 15 May 2020

As the new hospital officially opens, Integrated Health Projects (IHP) and its partners have revealed their role in the creation of the NHS Nightingale North West.

Based at the Manchester Central Convention Complex, it opened officially today (Friday 17 April 2020). 

IHP is a joint venture between VINCI Construction UK and Sir Robert McAlpine under the ProCure 22 Framework. Other companies involved include NG Bailey, Mott MacDonald, Archus, and BDP.


“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.”

–Professor Michael McCourt

Chief Executive, Nightingale 


Facility handed over after 13 days


Up to 1,000 people have worked 24-hours a day to complete the 750-bed hospital from scratch in a grade-2 listed building in less than two weeks.

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.

IHP was asked to proceed on Saturday, 28 March and within 12 hours, the team was up and running in liaison with the NHS and the army. The facility was handed over 13 days after construction began. 


Key figures


  • The 14,500m2 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 cables
  • 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.


Hospital will play a crucial role


Professor Michael McCourt, the Chief Executive of the 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.”


Collaboration in the construction world


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, Archus, BDP and NG Bailey.”

Paul Hamer, Chief Executive at Sir Robert McAlpine added:

“Being able to rally our team in support of the NHS Nightingale hospitals, including Manchester, has been momentous. This is a time to work collaboratively for the greater good and there is no better example of construction making a positive and lasting difference for society than the Integrated Health Project’s work on surge centres.

You can read more about the first NHS Nightingale build here

Picture: NHS Nightingale Hospital, Manchester

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 17 April 2020


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