• 22 April 2020

Waterman team pull out all the stops in rapid delivery of Jersey Nightingale Hospital

Waterman is proud to be involved in the emergency construction of Nightingale, a new temporary hospital being built on Millbrook Playing Field in Jersey, Channel Islands.

As part of Jersey’s response to Covid-19, the £14.4-million hospital will make space for 180 beds for Coronavirus patients, who have access to acute, enhanced and ongoing levels of medical care, including oxygen provision.

Site preparation commenced Friday 10 April. Waterman’s team led by Structures Director Richard Whitehead received the first sketches the night before and the agreed layouts on the same day at 6:50am. They have since been working flat out through the Easter holidays and the following weeks to ensure the hospital is up and running by the first week of May – less than a month after the project was given the go-ahead.

The hospital, which will be 130 metres by 40 metres, will provide enough space for six wards, each with 30 beds, as well as areas for patient admissions and discharge, staff changing and rest, X-ray, equipment storage, laundry and a morgue.

Richard Whitehead summarises Waterman’s involvement from inception; “We quickly mobilised a team of people to advise on the structure, geotechnics, foundations and to design the foul drainage for the temporary hospital. It is a fantastic team effort by all involved. NBBJ architects worked through Thursday night to finalise the layouts and we turned around the drainage layouts on Good Friday. Meanwhile, J3 Ltd (a joint venture between local company Garenne, Sir Robert McAlpine and FES) started preparing the site at 7:00am on Friday morning. The aluminium frame and semi-rigid panels were shipped to Jersey and erected on Sunday/Monday. The modular flooring was laid overnight on Monday, and by Tuesday dawn, over 7,000m2 of formation had been laid with all drains under the hospital footprint installed and tested.”

The Nightingale Hospital Project team includes local representatives from Health and Community Services, Growth, Housing and Environment, and the military, who are on site helping with the hospital construction. With the exception of specialist contractor Neptunus who erected the building, all other construction work is being completed by local companies.

“This is a great example of what we can achieve as a team when everyone steps up”, Richard adds. “It’s been an intensive few weeks but there is a really positive spirit. Everyone’s attitude has been all about getting the hospital ready so people’s lives can be saved.”

The Government of Jersey has released a video on YouTube (click here) of the rapid day by day progress of the hospital construction.

A huge thank you to all involved for their incredible efforts and fantastic teamwork delivering a much-needed temporary hospital in record time.

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