Client: Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB)
We transformed Deeside Leisure Centre into a field hospital, providing additional beds to help meet demand during the pandemic. It was handed over to Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board in under three weeks.
A four-bay squash court block was converted into a physio rehabilitation with storage area and a former creche into a six-bed palliative care ward. The previous function room became a fully furnished administration office with new electrical and data provision. Each ward has its own pharmacy, toilets and shower blocks, clean and dirty utility rooms and numerous ancillary stores for linen and medical equipment. The facility also provided the infrastructure for oxygen and specialist medical gases to all beds and wards.
“I was pleasantly surprised when the Health Board made the call to ask us to help deliver Deeside and Bangor schemes. We established a collaborative working environment with the Health Board staff, users, local building control and their advisors very quickly and we are delighted to have transformed these projects into hospitals in less than three weeks!”
John Roberts, VINCI Regional Managing Director
The 223-bed field hospital used modular construction techniques to convert Bangor University’s Sports Centre into a fully functioning coronavirus hospital in just 16 days.
The new facility has converted four squash courts, two sports halls, a gymnastics hall, a gym floor area and one meeting room into hospital wards to care for patients recovering from COVID-19.
16 external modular buildings were installed to provide additional functionality including a kitchen, ambulance decontamination unit, mortuary, toilets, clean and dirty utility areas. The modular facilities are accessed through a clinical hospital corridor that was constructed to connect the existing structure to the modular village.
“Over recent weeks, the NHS has been tested like never before. It is testament to the commitment and teamwork shown by partners like you that we have managed as well as we have. It has not been easy and we would like to thank you and pay tribute to everyone who has worked so hard to support the North Wales response to COVID-19.
“It has truly been a herculean effort from all involved. Much work has gone into planning and developing new ways of working during the pandemic - including the rapid establishment of three temporary hospitals - so that we continue to provide key services for patients that need them.
“We have never been more proud of the excellent partnership work happening right across the region. A huge well done and heartfelt thank you to you and your team and company for your involvement, professionalism and commitment during this time.”
Simon Dean, Interim Chief Executive & Mark Polin, Chairman, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board