As the UK lockdown begins to ease, we are taking a look back to a few months ago when we were involved in the build of the NHS Louise Jordan Hospital at Glasgow’s Scottish Events Campus (SEC). We were proud to play a part in the important preparation of it to ensure our city was equipped for a worse-case scenario.
On 30th March, the First Minister announced that a new hospital, the NHS Louise Jordan, would be established at Glasgow’s SEC to help ensure NHS Scotland has extra capacity that could potentially be required due to the rising COVID-19 cases at the beginning of the outbreak.
On 6th April, we were appointed by Graham Construction Limited to assist with the design development, procurement, installation and commissioning of the Ambulance and Mortuary Facilities that supports the temporary hospital located within the main exhibition areas of the SEC. As a leading contractor within the mechanical and electrical construction industry, we are grateful to be in a position to support our country, and our NHS. We are pleased to have delivered the works efficiently and safely for the Ambulance service and Mortuary facilities.
With the support of and in conjunction with our Supply Chain Partners, our installation works commenced on 8th April 2020 and the hospital was declared open for patients, on 20th April 2020.
Our services included:
Electrical connection to back-up generation
Mortuary Mechanical, Electrical and Fire Detection systems
Ambulance Station Mechanical, Electrical and Fire Detection systems
The hospital was named after Glasgow born First World War Nurse Sister Louisa Jordan who died on active service in Serbia in 1915 as part of the Scottish Women’s Hospitals for Foreign Services. The people of Serbia gather every year to commemorate the bravery and sacrifice of Sister Jordan and her colleagues.
Given the circumstances, the project of course required us to efficiently plan, implement and quickly adapt to the changing situation. Works commenced onsite before the design stage was fully complete, meaning we had to remain flexible and pro-active in our approach on this challenging and vital project. During the prevailing Pandemic, it was paramount that we prioritised the health and safety of our workers on site and all of those involved in the work. As with all projects, our rigorous health and safety standards remained, as well as following the current Government advice with regards to reducing the spread of the virus.
The hospital has a capacity for over 1000 beds to cope with the potential demand.