Contractors begin work on temporary NHS Louisa Jordan hospital

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Balfour Beatty, Kier, Graham and Robertson have begun work renovating Glasgow’s Scottish Events Campus into a new temporary 300-bed hospital to treat patients with coronavirus

Balfour Beatty has been appointed as principal contractor, along with Kier, Graham and Robertson, to transform Glasgow’s Scottish Events Campus (SEC) into the new temporary NHS Scotland Hospital, NHS Louisa Jordan, on behalf of the Scottish Government.

The hospital is being constructed as a precautionary measure to provide extra patient capacity and flexibility for NHS Scotland during the COVID-19 global pandemic.

If required, NHS Louisa Jordan will initially be used by patients who have been through hospital treatment and are recovering from their symptoms.

NHS Louisa Jordan plan

Works include laying 25,000m² of vinyl flooring, constructing sterile temporary wards, installing and commissioning life-saving oxygen and gas systems, as well as a range of other complex tasks required to repurpose a facility designed for leisure into one for treating patients.

In addition, Balfour Beatty Kilpatrick will deliver elements of the mechanical and electrical engineering for the project.

All works will be carried out strictly adhering to the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), to ensure the continued health, safety and wellbeing of all those who work with and for Balfour Beatty.

Hector MacAulay, Balfour Beatty’s regional managing director of its UK construction business in Scotland & Ireland, said: “In these unprecedented times, we are extremely proud to be playing our part in the response to COVID-19 pandemic, supporting the critical work that our NHS workers are doing on the frontline, ensuring that NHS Scotland has the capacity it needs as we pull through this crisis together.”

UK coronavirus cases

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the UK is on the rise, with nearly 48,000 people now testing positive across the country. A total of 4,934 people confirmed to have had the virus have died.

Around 148,000 people have been tested so far and found not to have the virus.

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