Kier, a construction and infrastructure services provider, is converting Bay Studios in Swansea into a field hospital to aid the National Health Service (NHS) in its Covid-19 response in Wales, the UK.
The film studios and factory will be converted into a hospital environment that will offer a total of 850 beds.
Kier will collaborate with Swansea Council to create a new structure to accommodate the new field hospital within the existing 11,000m² single-tier building.
The firm will also improve existing infrastructure within the studio, including heating, electricity and water supplies. These facilities are expected to effectively support NHS teams once the space becomes operational.
Procured through Swansea Council on behalf of the Swansea Bay University Health Board, Kier is currently working with its local supply chain as well as local contractor TRJ for the delivery of the field hospital within the month.
Initially, the Swansea facility will provide 500 beds for Covid-19 patients, and an additional 350 in the following weeks.
Kier Regional Building Western & Wales managing director Anthony Irving said: “Our aim is to help the NHS at this vital time and support its efforts in response to Covid-19.
“I am immensely proud of our teams who are working tirelessly to deliver the field hospital at Bay Studios in Swansea. Working alongside Swansea Council and with our local supply chain, this is a collaborative effort at a time when our communities need it most.”
Swansea Council leader Rob Stewart said: “The spread of coronavirus has brought significant fresh challenges. The council, working with partners such as Kier, is doing everything it can to support our communities.
“We are transforming the Bay Studios into a surge hospital to help the NHS deal with the expected upsurge in the number of cases locally.
“This is a massive project because the building has been empty for years and it is a million miles away from what you would expect of a hospital.”