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NHS Nightingale Northwest Manchester

19 Apr 2020

NHS Nightingale Northwest Manchester Building

Design: BDP

Location: Manchester, Northwest England, UK

Opening of NHS Nightingale Northwest Manchester

BDP and Integrated Health Projects (IHP) are proud to have been instrumental in the creation of the Manchester Nightingale Hospital at the Manchester Central Convention Complex that opened officially on Friday, 2pm, 17 April.

NHS Nightingale Northwest Manchester interior

Designed by BDP and delivered by IHP, the joint venture between VINCI Construction UK and Sir Robert McAlpine under the ProCure 22 Framework, have worked alongside NHS staff, the Army, Mott MacDonald, and NG Bailey to complete the 750 bed hospital from scratch in a grade-2 listed building in less than 2 weeks. It has taken up to 1,000 people working 24-hours a day to achieve.

Officially known as NHS Nightingale Hospital Northwest it is equipped to receive up to 750 coronavirus patients from across the region who do not need intensive care but still require treatment. The hospital has been functioning since 13 April. This releases crucial critical care beds in existing hospitals.

NHS Nightingale Northwest Manchester UK

The project has been an excellent example of collaboration across all construction disciplines, local government, the military and the NHS. IHP were asked to proceed on Saturday, 28 March and within 12 hours our team was up and running in liaison with the NHS and the Army and the facility was handed over 13 days after construction began. The 14,500m2 of flooring could cover Wembley twice over; there is 104km of data cable that is the same distance as a return journey from Manchester to Liverpool; there is 45km of power cable and the 3,400m of partitioning is 17 times the height of the local Deansgate Square tower.

It will be staffed by consultants, junior doctors, nurses, healthcare support workers, physiotherapists, pharmacists, occupational therapists, social workers, and a huge range of non-clinical support workers and administrators.

NHS Nightingale Northwest Manchester beds

Professor Michael McCourt, the chief executive of the Manchester Nightingale thanked all of the contractors and suppliers involved:
“It has been incredibly humbling to see all the hard work that has gone into building a hospital out of nothing and in such a short period of time. No matter what your role has been, without you, this wouldn’t have been possible. Teams have worked day and night, in a challenging environment to achieve this and you should be very proud of your contribution.

“This hospital will play a crucial role in caring for Covid-19 patients and supporting hospitals across the region. By providing care for patients who no longer need to be in a critical care environment we will be helping to make sure the highest-level critical care beds are available for those patients who need them. This hospital will help save lives. On behalf of the NHS, the patients this hospital will care for and their families I want to say thank you.”

BDP Architect Principal Ged Couser said: “Delivering emergency hospital facilities in conference and exhibition centres is unprecedented, so we have been drawing on our previous experience of designing large-scale healthcare facilities in hospitals like Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool.

“The biggest challenge on the project has been responding to an evolving brief while delivering the services at the same time, and all within two weeks, from the very start to the project handover.

“The scale of the task has been absolutely unprecedented, and it has taken an incredible collaborative team effort between the client, the design team, the contractor and the army.”

John Roberts, of IHP and Regional Managing Director of VINCI Construction UK, said:
“The commendation from Professor Michael McCourt sums up the enormous effort made by everyone across the project. The teamwork between contractors, the NHS staff and the army has been superb, and the project is an excellent demonstration of the partnership and commitment within the IHP team and our suppliers. Everyone has done a great job and on behalf of IHP I want to thank everyone involved particularly colleagues in VINCI Construction, Sir Robert McAlpine, Mott MacDonald, BDP and NG Bailey.”

NHS Nightingale Northwest Manchester England infographic

BDP is an international interdisciplinary practice of architects, designers, engineers and urbanists. We work closely with users, clients and the community to create special places for living, working, shopping, culture and learning across the world.

Founded in Preston, UK in 1961, we now have studios across the UK, Ireland, Netherlands, the MENA region, India, and China. BDP has a leading track record in all major sectors including health, education, workplace, retail, urbanism, heritage, housing, transport and leisure and has won over 750 awards for design quality.

In March 2016, BDP combined forces with Japan’s leading engineering practice Nippon Koei to form an integrated design group of genuine international reach. Sharing a philosophy which places an emphasis on design integration and community impact, the new group offers a unique combination of deep technical skills in engineering, architecture and the full range of design disciplines.


VINCI is a world leader in concessions and construction. The VINCI name symbolises the best in innovation, creativity and technological mastery, befitting for a Group that harnesses a culture of innovation to deliver technical expertise in tackling the most complex of projects. The combination of financial strength, market-leading positions and a commitment to sustainability give VINCI its competitive edge.

VINCI companies in the UK turn over in the region of £2 billion per annum and employ circa 9000 employees. This represents 6% of VINCI’s €38.7 billion turnover and 30% of VINCI’s European turnover outside France. VINCI employs around 185,000 people in 100 countries around the world.

VINCI Construction UK is a national construction and facilities company and is the largest British subsidiary of VINCI. VINCI Construction UK has strong relationships with other VINCI companies and subsidiaries and, as a result, can leverage ideas, skills and entrepreneurial flair to deliver top-quality work in all sectors.


NHS Nightingale Northwest Manchester building

About Sir Robert McAlpine

Sir Robert McAlpine is a family-owned building and civil engineering company operating across the UK. In 2019, we celebrated our 150th anniversary. We are honoured to have worked on some of Britain’s most iconic buildings and projects. The values at the heart of our operations include a commitment to the highest standards of safety, quality, engineering excellence, sustainability, and an unswerving focus on the needs and aspirations of our clients.
Our aim is to make a positive impact on the communities and the environment in which we operate. We boldly aspire to become the best place to work, welcoming a diversity of talent to our inclusive family culture, as we proudly build Britain’s future heritage.

NHS Nightingale Northwest Manchester Building images / information received 170420


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