Sector: Health Care

Devon & Cornwall Nightingale Hybrid Facility, Exeter

Project Description

The NHS Nightingale Hospital Exeter, based at Moor Lane was built to provide care for patients suffering from symptoms of COVID-19 and subsequent recovery

The site, which was previously a warehouse, includes five fully integrated interim modular buildings. This doubled the size of the existing space to accommodate essential hospital facilities
including the pharmacy, staff welfare, catering, utility rooms, patient transfer and stores

The 116 bed, flexible clinical model will ensure all levels of need are catered for, including an Intensive Therapy Unit and in-patient care. It also provides extra capacity so that the existing five hospitals in the region can continue to operate other essential clinical services

Unlike it’s sister sites, which were constructed solely to treat COVID-19 patients, the Nightingale Hospital Exeter is a mini general hospital with near theatre-standard performance,
complete with scanners. It is currently being used as a diagnostics centre supporting a wide range of patients

Designed and built in less than 57 days, the hospital is a true testament of design and build collaboration between SDS, BAM Construction and the wider supply chain.

116 bed “Hybrid” NHS Nightingale Hospital, delivered in 57 days

Project Involvement

SDS worked with national and local NHS representatives, military and the construction teams to define a brief for the project

The infrastructure was a major element to this project providing resilience for the critical care nature of the project

We designed a full mechanical ventilation solution (there were no windows in the facility). The systems included infection control / HTM requirements to control the spread of COVID 19. As this was a hybrid facility we worked with infection control specialist, local trust and Authorising Engineer to provide an appropriate system with control measures

Our engineers were based on site, this allowed for direct communication with the design and construction teams. This was vital due to the speed and changing requirements of the project
allowing us to maintain our responsive approach support the wider team.

Project Benefits

The SDS team were site based, enabling them to be immediately available, proactive and flexible

Delivered the best staff and patient environment within the tight time constraints

Mobilised a large design team to deliver within a short timeframe

Our local supply chain knowledge meant that we were able to react quickly to issues such as limited plant equipment that was available in the period of UK wide lockdown

We were able to return to site, post completion with our 3D Data Capture Camera to scan and digitize the existing spaces and create a digital twin. These images will be used to collaborate, share, measure and inform the teams involved, and by having a complete digital twin of the existing building we can check spaces remotely, avoiding revisits and unnecessary risk to infection. This will also assist Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital as an asset management tool

The SDS team were joined by Major Jamie Brooks. A serving Royal Engineers Officer who was on secondment as part of our commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant. Jamie was a vital team member, regularly visiting site and liaising with his military colleagues