Bristol conference centre to become NHS Nightingale hospital

NHS Nightingale hospital, Kier

Kier is to transform the conference centre at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) into the next NHS Nightingale hospital to fight COVID-19

This site in the south-west of England, will be a new NHS Nightingale hospital and form part of the NHS’ nationwide efforts to respond to the coronavirus pandemic.

By transforming the conference centre, Kier will provide North Bristol NHS Trust with additional beds and facilities, to cater for up to 1,000 patients.

Procured through the Department of Health and Social Care’s ProCure22 (P22) framework, Kier and its local supply chain are now on-site with works set to be complete and operational later this month.

Supporting the NHS

Anthony Irving, managing director for Kier Regional Building Western & Wales, states: “This temporary hospital at the conference centre at the University of the West of England is vital to help support the NHS efforts with the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We have been agile to respond to the needs of the NHS and I’d like to thank our supply chain partners, as well as Kier Professional Services who are providing us with engineering support.

“The teams are delivering this new medical facility with such skill, determination and commitment.”

NHS Nightingale hospitals

The Nightingale wards are, unfortunately, having to grow. Current ward locations include the ExCel London, Harrogate Convention Centre, Scottish Events Campus (SEC) in Glasgow and Bay Studios in Swansea.


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