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Nightingale Hospital Jersey

Hulley & Kirkwood were a key design team member in the Jersey Nightingale Hospital, a temporary acute respiratory field hospital with the capacity to accommodate up to 180 Covid-19 positive patients requiring critical but not intensive care.

The 130 x 40m prefabricated building was built on the Millbrook playing fields, an area donated for the temporary use of the hospital.

Hulley & Kirkwood were responsible for the design of all mechanical, electrical and public health systems associated with the main ward accommodation, side wide infrastructure and remote staff accommodation.  The primary utility services liaison was undertaken in association with Sir Robert McAlpine to agree the feasible achievable methodology to support the site in the available timeframe.

Hulley & Kirkwood’s previous involvement in Nightingale hospitals across the UK assisted the design progression at pace, based on pre-selected proven solutions adjusted to take cognisance of system and materials availability on the Island and associated delivery times for non-island based suppliers.

Due to the programme requirements, the design and installation were almost simultaneous, requiring a “right first time” ethos and daily interaction between the design and construction groups.

The scheme demonstrated collaborative working across the design and contract teams could be achieved when aligning common goals and practices.  The design was delivered remotely by the Hulley & Kirkwood London team with the majority of meetings held by video conference.  Site visits being limited to completion and commissioning stage to ensure satisfactory operation.

The project build began on April 10th with the opening ceremony on 11th May 2020, completing the project in just four weeks.


  • Fast track project, delivered in 42 days from instruction.

  • Working under Covid restrictions.

  • Greenfield site.

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  • SCBE Regional Awards - Integration and Collaborative Working Category Winners.

  • Building Awards 2020 - 'Proud to Help' Category.

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