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Louisa Jordan Hospital, SEC Glasgow Temporary Hospital

The NHS tasked the PSCP contractors on the HFS framework to build an emergency hospital at the Scottish Event Campus within a 3 week period. The project involved the complex design of an emergency hospital that delivered 1036 intensive care and high dependency beds and associated ancillary support areas.

Hulley & Kirkwood carried out a rapid and detailed evaluation of the existing mechanical services within the SEC to ascertain their working condition and suitability for use to serve the new clinical areas. Once this evaluation was complete, we utilised our extensive healthcare sector knowledge and experience to quickly strategize and deliver robust design solutions for the mechanical services within the SEC. 

A new ventilation pressure cascade regime was designed and implemented to ensure the correct direction of air flow from clean to dirty areas. This required extensive recommissioning and repurposing of the existing air handling units along with a comprehensive testing and validation process to prove the systems operated as designed. This work was carried out whilst significant new ventilation plant was introduced to supplement the existing systems. Upgrades and modifications were made to the BMS to ensure the systems operated safely. 

The existing water services were extensively modified to ensure that all new clinical outlets were served from tanked and boosted water supplies. This was to ensure the hospital had a continuity of supply in the event of mains water failure whilst offering back flow protection to the existing mains water infrastructure. Existing water services systems were modified and upgraded to ensure they were suitable for functioning within a hospital environment. 

In addition, Hulley & Kirkwood provided medical gases authorising engineer service under direct appointment to HFS which saw the facility include one of Scotland's largest VIE plant and a bespoke system to support over 1400 medical gas outlets.

Hulley & Kirkwood worked tirelessly with the contractors, project management team, infection control, Health Facilities Scotland, NHS, authorising engineers, other design consultants and project architects, Keppie Design, to ensure an integrated and coordinated design solution was achieved and installed that successfully satisfied the client's brief.


  • Emergency hospital design and fit out within 3 weeks.

  • Complex redesign and reconfiguration of existing systems.

Links to Social Media:

An inside tour of Glasgow's completed NHS Louisa Jordan Hospital | LBC - YouTube

Web 001 New Website - Louisa Jordan Fly Through


  • Go Awards 2020 - Excellence Award and Covid 19 Outstanding Response Award. 

  • Scottish Property Awards 2021 - Outstanding Achievement in Partnership Award.

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I want to offer my sincere gratitude and thanks to the designers, contractors and NHS Scotland staff who have come from across Scotland to work tirelessly to transform the SEC into the NHS Louisa Jordan. You are an inspiration to us all. The decision on patients being accepted at the NHS Louisa Jordan will be reviewed on a regular basis. I hope this facility will not be needed as, alongside the public’s continued efforts to stay at home, NHS Scotland has already taken steps to increase the number of NHS beds. The exceptional efforts of everyone involved in creating NHS Louisa Jordan during this unprecedented public health emergency will ensure this national facility will be able to treat patients from across Scotland, helping to save lives and protect our NHS.

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