Kier is proud to have been part of the team that has successfully converted the conference centre at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) in to NHS Nightingale Bristol and support the NHS in its response to COVID-19. The hospital was officially opened today (Monday, 27 April) via a video link by the Earl of Wessex and Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, Secretary of State for Health & Social Care.

Working collaboratively with NHS England and NHS Improvement, including its medical and estates team, the Army, UWE Bristol, BDP, Faithful+Gould and others, Kier and its local supply chain helped to construct the field hospital that provides beds and facilities for up to 300 patients, if required, in the South West.

The agile response from all involved– with teams working 12 hours a day - was central to the construction project being complete in just 20 days. Kier delivered its works under the ProCure 22 Framework and at the peak of construction, there was over 280 people working together on site, with teams laying over 10,400m2 of flooring – that’s the equivalent size of nearly 40 tennis courts, installing 25 miles of data cables – which is over the length of the whole Jubilee London underground line and fitting 5,656 double plug sockets.

NHS Nightingale Bristol will be formally hosted by North Bristol NHS Trust for the South West region, with nurses, doctors, managers and other staff from across the area coming together to care for patients at the hospital.

Anthony Irving, managing director of Kier Regional Building Western & Wales, states: “Collaboration has been key to the construction of NHS Nightingale Bristol and in just 20 days, teams from across the NHS, the Army and the construction industry, have united and worked together, safely, swiftly and with absolute skill and dedication.

“In the fight against COVID-19, our communities need us, and together we have shown what collaboration and partnership can achieve. We are proud to have been a part of the team that has helped support the NHS at this time and delivered NHS Nightingale Bristol.”

Brian Johnson, Director of Estates, NHS Nightingale Hospital Bristol, said: “It is a phenomenal achievement to have designed, built and prepared a hospital for use in such a short timescale and this has been a real team effort. Together with doctors, nurses, paramedics, the military and many many others, the work of Kier’s construction engineers means that we are ready to care for patients with compassion, should the need arise. I am extremely proud to have worked with the whole team in the delivery of this project.”