Blog: SECBE Awards 2021 finalist - Jersey General Hospital - Nightingale Wing

24 May 2021

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Jersey General Hospital - Nightingale Wing (submitted by Garenne Construction Group)

Integration & Collaborative Working SECBE Award 2021 Winner

April 2020 - with Guernsey already in lockdown and the first COVID-19 cases occurring in Jersey, the gravity of the impending public health crisis was becoming evident to Jersey’s Government (GoJ) and Health policymakers.

Sir Robert McAlpine, Garenne and FES are three family-owned business that have a longstanding working relationship in Jersey which has been strengthened with the formation of J3 Ltd, a joint venture put together to tender for healthcare projects but the Board of J3 instructed the bid team to refocus and support the GoJ in the rapid development of a Nightingale hospital.

3rd April – the team were briefed with GoJ Department representatives to oversee GoJ’s response to Covid-19. By the end of the call, they were invited to join the team with the overall aim of delivering a fully functioning 180 bed Nightingale Hospital by the 4th May 2020.

Unlike the UK, Jersey had no building with appropriate infrastructure that was suitable therefore a field hospital was chosen.

Between the 4-9 April the team worked on the designing and scope requirements, site selection, sourcing a temporary modular structure, project governance, design and technical specifications, budget, procurement and identifying the FF&E requirements.

The proposal was presented by Marc Burton (J3) to Competent Authorities Ministers and Emergency Council (equivalent to COBRA in the UK) and received unanimous support to proceed with a total budget of £13.2m including all FF&E, with a build programme of 25 days for completion on 4th May 2020.

They started at 7am on Good Friday, 10th April.  The following videos show the progress of the project:

During the build, they inducted 541 people on site. All but 20 were local Jersey residents, providing significant benefits to the economy and community during a lockdown, supported by an army of helpers providing food and beverages to the site, materials, procurement etc to allow the 24/7 operation to succeed. The most important community project ever seen in Jersey post war was successfully completed as planned in just 25 days on the 4th May 2020 with the unit officially opened by HRH Prince Edward on the 11th May 2020. Project Director, Marc Burton and Chief Nurse, Rose Naylor explain the story through their experiences here:

Many people worked for free, the community was fully engaged, and they were able to support several charities with financial contributions.

In this time the J3 team brought the best practice from its partner’s involvement in five quite different UK Nightingales, managed the complex procurement logistics of Jersey’s unique maritime context, delivered a ‘field’ hospital, and achieved a never seen before level of collaboration and co-operation between the islands skilled but small-scale supplier and subcontractor base, to ensure that Jersey’s Nightingale Wing was bespoke for the island’s needs, and delivered at pace for Jersey people by Jersey people.

Marc’s leadership of the project was recognised in the 2021 New Year’s Honours where he was awarded an MBE.

Key facts:

  • The Jersey General Hospital Nightingale Wing is Jersey’s most significant community project since the end of the 2nd World War Occupation in 1945 and by completing the project on time it provided Jersey with a vital asset in the Government of Jersey’s Island Strategy to fight Covid-19.
  • The project went from a field to a 180 bed fully functioning hospital in just 25 days with no pre-existing infrastructure in place. It was delivered on time, under budget and exceeded the client’s expectations.
  • 521 people out of a total of 541 people inducted onsite were local. The employment of local labour at a time when the local industry was in lockdown provided significant fiscal stimulus during a time of need. It also highlighted the talent that the Island had through the capability to deliver which enhanced respect and trust in the Industry.

  • Client: Government of Jersey
  • Project Partners: J3 Ltd – Garenne Construction Group, Sir Robert McAlpine and FES

About the Integration & Collaborative Working Award: 

Collaborative working is central to the core values of Constructing Excellence and its drive for positive change in construction.  It is most likely to manifest in the delivery of specific projects, however those who can demonstrate a culture across a series or programme of projects show leadership in a sustained approach.  Integration of the supply chain, the client and end users will normally lead to a better outcome satisfying all stakeholders. More info.

Find out who wins at the Constructing Excellence SECBE Awards 2021 Summit & Awards Ceremony on Thurs 1st July 2021. Free attendance.

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