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COVID-19: Concrete solution for new Nightingale hospital


Hanson supply ready-mixed concrete, drainage and kerbing for construction of new hospital in Exeter

HANSON’s South West team has supplied the concrete foundation pads for the construction of a new NHS Nightingale Hospital which is under way in Exeter.

The site of a former DIY store is being transformed into a 120-bed hospital, set to open later this month (June), to take COVID-19 patients from Devon, Cornwall and neighbouring counties to support the existing hospital network, should it be needed.

The concrete supplied to GWorks Ltd has been used to create the foundation pads for the modular units which form the extensions to the existing building as well as bases for various mechanical and electrical plant, medical gas storage and scanning facilities.

New drainage and kerbing have also been supplied by Hanson, who are providing a prioritized ordering service, which is critical due to the nature of the design release and extremely tight programme.

Matt Coffey, contracts manager at GWorks, said: ‘Hanson have been our preferred supplier of concrete in the Exeter area for many years, so were the obvious choice when we were approached by BAM to work with them on the Nightingale Hospital.

‘We have an excellent relationship with the Hanson team in the area and the service we have had, and continue to receive, in supplying the hospital has been incredible.

‘The scheme design is very fluid, which has resulted in short notice for some sizable pours. Hanson have given us a great supply throughout and gone over and above what is expected. Without their support, we certainly would not have been able to achieve the progress made so far.’

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