The clinical facility was constructed to provide extra capacity should NHS Scotland require additional flexibility during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The scale and speed of the build was astonishing, with the conversion of 24,000m² of the SEC into a space providing 1,036 patient beds and 90 high dependency units. All of this was achieved in just 18 days from standing start to handover.
Construction works included the building of sterile temporary wards, installing and commissioning life-saving oxygen and gas systems, as well as laying 23,000m² of vinyl flooring. Balfour Beatty Kilpatrick supported the delivery of the mechanical and electrical engineering works, which included the installation of 220,000 metres of fiberoptic and structured cabling, 35,000 metres of network cabling for the nurse call system, 2,200 patient call devices, and 1,144 oxygen outlet points.
All works were carried out in accordance with the Site Operating Procedures, which ensured the health, safety and wellbeing of all those who work with and for Balfour Beatty.
It has taken just over two weeks to design, construct and mobilise NHS Louisa Jordan. This has only been possible thanks to all of our contractors working around the clock to make sure we are ready to support the NHS in Scotland ... because of the efforts of Balfour Beatty and others, we now have a safe, effective and high quality environment which stands ready for patients, if required.
Jill Young, Chief Executive, NHS Louisa Jordan