Project: Dragon’s Heart Hospital Principality Stadium
Client: N G Bailey / Cardiff & Vale University Health Board
Timing: April 2020
Without oxygen the Dragon’s Heart Hospital, conceived as a response to the coronavirus pandemic, could not function. Demonstrating outstanding commitment, the Medical Gases’ team designed, delivered and installed a system serving 1586 beds at the Dragon’s Heart Hospital in the Principality Stadium in just four weeks.
In light of the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, and the rising number of confirmed cases testing positive for Covid-19, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board identified that additional bed space would be needed to accommodate patients in the area.
The Principality Stadium was identified as a suitable venue to accommodate the anticipated increase in demand, and Ysbyty Calon y Ddraig – the Dragon’s Heart Hospital was conceived.
It took Medical Gases just three weeks (9th – 30th April) to install the oxygen terminals essential to the scheme, leaving a week free for commissioning to successfully deliver the project by the 7th May deadline.
The main challenge in delivering oxygen to terminals for the planned 2000 headspaces at the Dragon’s Heart Hospital was time. The hospital needed to be operational within weeks rather than months. Typically, a project of this scales takes two to three years to deliver, Dragon’s Heart had to be delivered in four weeks, from Medical Gases receiving the order to the system being operational. Working within the guidance and restrictions imposed as a response to Covid-19 added an additional complication to a challenging timetable and this was compounded by the Managing Director (On site project managing) contracting Covid-19 in the second week of the contract, followed by the company’s Technical Director, a commissioning engineer, senior project engineer and several members of the workshop team.
Medical Gases did a considerable amount of organising so that on Thursday 20th February, when the order was received, the team were able to divert resources, including labour, plant, equipment and materials, from other projects immediately.
- Manpower – mobilised and prepared
Medical Gases’ forward planning meant that 40 members of the team were immediately on the project. To complete the project Medical Gases’ labour manager arranged over 50 operatives on site. A further five project managers, four supervisors, two directors, a labour manager, a logistics manager and a support team of people in the office, in the factory and making deliveries were involved.
The logistics involved in achieving this included ensuring those on site had to be put through the necessary induction sessions, provided with access passes and PPE, found accommodation etc. All this was achieved in just three weeks.
To ensure as few delays as possible in getting the people and resources required on site, everyone involved in the project was issued with a document to present to police etc. as required, identifying them as carrying out essential work.
The delivery of Dragon’s Heart Hospital highlighted the value of the excellent working relationships Medical Gases has worked hard to build and maintain during its Thirty Severn years in the business:
Predictably, securing the necessary supplies during the Covid-19 shutdown was challenging and Medical Gases’ relationships with suppliers were paramount. Medical equipment manufacturer Precision UK in Stockport, whilst working under extreme pressure supplying the majority of the coronavirus emergency hospitals, still managed to manufacture the necessary medical equipment and provide the pipework, without which Medical Gases would not have been able to complete the project.
In the same way that Medical Gases has invested in building relations with suppliers, it has worked hard at developing its relations and reputation with the companies it works for. Which is how main contractor, N G Bailey approached Medical Gases for Dragon’s Heart.
Appreciating the need to properly look after those working on site delivering the contract, N G Bailey organised the re-opening of hotels to accommodate workers, arranging a room only service to stay within the shutdown guidance. They also arranged a free of charge temporary kitchen and dining room open from 7am to 2am on site, providing food and drink for workers 19 hours per day.