Lighting firms join effort to create Nightingale Hospital

A row of empty beds awaiting patients at the ExCeL exhibition centre in London
At peak, the Nightingale is expected to have around 4,000 beds, 2,700 more than the largest hospital in the UK, St George’s in Tooting, south London.

LIGHTING manufacturers, building services consultants, designers and architects have mobilised to help the National Health Service create the new Nightingale Hospital in London’s Docklands.

Marlow Integrated Designs is supplying 4,000 linear LED bedhead luminaires to each of the bed cubicles in the facility, which is being built at breakneck speed inside the ExCeL Exhibition Centre.

Some 500 of the vapour-proof IP65 fittings have already been installed and a further 3,500 are arriving this week and next.

‘We got the order on the Monday and made the delivery of the first batch on Wednesday,’ said MID general manager John Moul. ‘We’re really proud to be able to support this project.’

Moul says the company have been given official key worker status so drivers and technicians can move freely between the factory and the hospital.

Other lighting industry suppliers sending equipment include Emergency Lighting Products and Jordan Reflectors. BELL Lighting is supplying a batch of its Illumina Slim high bays.

Specialist facility management companies Mitie and Iss, as well as architects BDP, are also contributing to the effort to create the hospital, the single biggest installation of its type created in peacetime. 

The 1-kilometre long building – more familiar to those in the industry for the hosting of the annual LuxLive exhibition every November – is being turned into a specialist high dependency hospital for those suffering with respiratory complications from the covid-19 condition caused by the coronavirus. 

At peak, the Nightingale is expected to have around 4,000 beds, 2,700 more than the largest hospital in the UK, St George’s in Tooting, south London.

Two further Nightingale Hospitals are being built at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham and at the Central Conference Centre in Manchester, formerly the GMEX Centre.

The Nightingale at the NEC has a capacity of 5,000 beds while the facility in Manchester will have 1,000 beds. 

Yesss Electrical in Birmingham says it has delivered 100,000 metres of cable to help power the new hospital at the NEC.

The Institution of Lighting Engineers says that it has been approached by the Royal Academy of Engineering, on behalf of NHS England, to ask if it as a professional engineering body could support the NHS in providing technical expertise over the coming weeks.

‘Of course, we do not wish any of our members to place themselves in harm’s way,’ the institution said in a statement, ‘but we also recognise as engineers we have a duty of care to society which we are proud to uphold’.

But it warned applicants: ‘This is not a decision to take lightly. You will be in close proximity to populations of infection and you may see upsetting scenes.

‘We therefore ask that you consider this request very carefully; discuss it with your family and consider your own health’.

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