August 10, 2020

Sir Robert McAlpine helping construct Nightingale hospital in Jersey

Sir Robert McAlpine is helping to deliver a temporary Nightingale hospital as part of Jersey’s response to Covid-19.

The Jersey Nightingale Hospital will create an additional 180 beds for coronavirus patients, who will be provided with acute, enhanced and ongoing levels of medical care, including oxygen provision but not invasive ventilation.

Sir Robert McAlpine is working on the project alongside its J3 Ltd joint venture partners Garenne and FES.

The hospital is under construction on Millbrook Playing Field and will be operational in the first week of May, less than a month after the decision was taken to build it.

The Jersey Nightingale Hospital will provide the extra in-patient care capacity expected to be required on the island as the number of Islanders needing medical support in hospital increases.

Sir Robert McAlpine brings to the project its experience working on the NHS Nightingale Hospital North West in Manchester, while the company’s J3 partner FES worked on the Glasgow SEC Nightingale Hospital.

Paul Hamer, Chief Executive Sir Robert McAlpine, said: “We continue to be encouraged by how we and the wider construction industry can apply our knowledge and expertise to support the nation’s fight against COVID-19. We have an established connection with the island of Jersey and operating with our partners as J3, we are pleased that we can work together to support the Islanders at this challenging time.”

Design work has been progressing around the clock to allow for the necessary sign-offs and procurement of key elements of the building to deliver the hospital on time.

Work on site is well under way with assembly of the aluminium frame and semi-rigid panels used to create the temporary building ongoing.

The 150 metres by 30 metres building is designed to allow medical teams to work as efficiently as possible. There will be enough space for six 30-bed wards and areas to admit and discharge patients, as well as staff rest and changing facilities, X-rays, equipment storage, laundry and a morgue.

The Nightingale Hospital Project Team includes representatives from Health and Community Services, Growth, Housing and Environment, and the military, who will help with the hospital construction.

In addition to Sir Robert McAlpine’s work on the Nightingale hospitals in Jersey and Manchester, the company’s involvement in the establishment of temporary hospitals across the country currently also includes operations in Preston and Bangor.

Sir Robert McAlpine Healthcare lead Stuart McArthur said: “Whilst the rapid progress on site is evident, the invisible round-the-clock efforts of the whole project partnership is just as impressive. We’re very proud to have been selected as a key partner for the Island in such times of need.”