Property & construction consultancy wins award for Bristol NHS Nightingale Hospital work

Ridge & Co Bristol Nightingale Hospital

The Bristol team of property and construction consultancy Ridge has won a CIBSE (Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers) COVID-19 Building Performance Award 2021.

Introduced this year, this award recognises the work that building services professionals, with their supply chain, have undertaken to contribute to the nation’s efforts to combat the effects of COVID-19. The company successfully delivered more than 300 intensive care unit (ICU) beds into the existing mothballed centre within four weeks.

Ridge was based on site for the duration of the project – 12 hours per day, seven days a week, to deliver the project.

The consultancy used its engineering skills to safeguard the delivery of the scheme with safety and efficiency for NHS staff and their delivery of care to vulnerable patients.

Tim Whittlestone, Chief Medical Officer at Bristol Nightingale Hospital, said: “I am simply blown away with the hospital that you have all built for us and our patients. I really did have tears in my eyes when I started to walk around the facility this morning – it is a first class intensive care unit.

“Three weeks ago I walked into that building with Ant Burn and we started to throw together some ideas for a field hospital. Your teams have actually done you all proud and built not just a field hospital but the UK’s newest and one of the smartest ICU’s. Please can you pass on our thanks. The doctors and nurses are fizzing with excitement to get into the building this afternoon and starting the next phase of preparedness.

“Many times we have said that we sincerely hope the unit never needs to be used although I don’t think we are any rush to dismantle it and I’m certain that it will serve an important role over the coming months.”