Kier to convert Bay Studios into field hospital in Swansea

WCN Editorial Team 8 Apr 2020 EUROPE BUILDINGS

Kier, a UK-based construction company, has been selected by Swansea Council to convert Bay Studios in Swansea into a field hospital with 850 beds for NHS to deal with COVID-19 pandemic in Wales.

By collaborating with Swansea Council, Kier will build a new structure to house the new field hospital within an existing 11,000m² single-tier building.

Existing infrastructure within the studio including heating, electricity and water supplies, will also be improved to effectively support NHS teams when the space becomes operational.

Kier Regional Building Western & Wales managing director Anthony Irving said: “Our aim is to help the NHS at this vital time and support its efforts in response to COVID-19.

“I am immensely proud of our teams who are working tirelessly to deliver the field hospital at Bay Studios in Swansea. Working alongside Swansea Council and with our local supply chain, this is a collaborative effort at a time when our communities need it most.”

Selected by Swansea Council on behalf of the Swansea Bay University Health Board, Kier is now working with its local supply chain along with local contractor TRJ, to build the field hospital within a month.

The new hospital will initially include 500 beds and the remaining 350 beds will be added in the following weeks, the company said.

Swansea Council leader Rob Stewart said: “The spread of Coronavirus has brought significant fresh challenges. The council, working with partners such as Kier, is doing everything it can to support our communities.

“We are transforming the Bay Studios into a surge hospital to help the NHS deal with the expected upsurge in the number of cases locally.

“This is a massive project because the building has been empty for years and it is a million miles away from what you would expect of a hospital.”

Swansea Bay University Health Board chief executive Tracy Myhill said: “I am grateful and extremely proud of the way we have come together as a region to meet the challenges of this pandemic. There is a real can-do attitude being demonstrated, and people are determined to do everything possible to safeguard our population.”

Last month, Kier was selected by the Scottish Government to convert the Scottish Event Campus (SEC) in Glasgow into a temporary hospital, to be known as the NHS Louisa Jordan.

The field hospital which will initially have 300 beds is expected to be operational by the middle of this month. Kier and its framework partners started working at the site from 30 March.

The work was procured through the Frameworks Scotland 2, in which Kier is one of four Principal Supply Chain Partners.

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Image: Kier to convert Welsh studio into field hospital. (Credit: Pixabay/Silas Camargo Silão.)

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