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Manchester NHS Nightingale Hospital North West


Client: Central Manchester University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

We converted the Manchester Central Convention Complex, formerly G-MEX, into a temporary hospital for COVID-19 patients using a 24-7 shift pattern. The 750-bed hospital was built from scratch in the Grade-II listed building in less than two weeks.

The creation of the hospital, which covers 17,000m2, has been an excellent example of collaboration across all construction disciplines, with local government, the military, the NHS and our supply chain. It was officially opened on 17 April 2020 by the Health Secretary Matt Hancock and the Duchess of Cornwall.

The vital facility releases crucial critical care beds in existing hospitals and is 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.

“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.”

Professor Michael McCourt, Chief Executive of the Nightingale

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