Dragon’s Heart Hospital YSBYTY CALON Y DDRAIG
ES Global Ltd
Principality Stadium, Cardiff
Modular Scaffold, Temporary Roof
As part of the rapid response to the United Kingdom’s Covid-19 pandemic, a temporary ‘Surge’ Hospital was created in Cardiff to service the Welsh population. Within 10 days the first 300 of a potential 2,000 beds were made available at the Dragon’s Heart Hospital located within the iconic Principality Stadium.
Upon completion the 2,000-bed capacity hospital included mobile x-ray units, CT scanners, a pharmacy, and an end-of-life pathway of care for people in the last weeks or days of their life. Adjacent in the Cardiff Blues Arms Park stadium, we formed a safe Staff Haven, rest area and a reception area for relatives.
As part of the Principal Contract Team, leading a distinguished number of companies to deliver the specialist build elements, the design and construction
of the hospital advanced in parallel with the setting of requirements and production of designs, all completed in less than one week on work that would normally take two to three years on a regular hospital build.
HUGE TENTED SPACE
Over 15,000m2 of tented, temperature air-conditioned hospital space was created in the main stadium bowl under the closed roof, including elevated wards on large raised modular scaffold platforms, built over the obstacles of incumbent seating stands. The field of play tent was one of the largest in Europe at 150(L) x50m(W) and was combined with four smaller tents at 150 (L) x24m (W).
We constructed an additional three tents built on scaffold 3.5m(H) around the perimeter of the stands measuring 100m (L) x10 (W) each. To put the size and scale into context, the main field tented structure was eight times the size of Glastonbury’s main stage! There was 11km of panels used for bed heads and screening, 150km of electrical cabling, 61km of IT cable, 44 new toilets, 300 additional sinks, 120 tonnes of oxygen supply, 55 Arctics of Scaffold and enough temporary power to run 11,000 homes.
One of the biggest build challenges involved installing the new required oxygen, water, sanitary, power and HVAC services into the playing pitch area. In particular heating and cooling was a mechanical and engineering challenge with very large, complex ventilation ducting networks designed within days.
Extensive rigging experience allowed for the hanging of the extremely large steel supply ducting from the stadium’s regular roof truss, all to free up valuable floor space, combined with running innovative fabric ducts at 2.5m x 2.5m, neatly threaded through the modular scaffold support grid.
We implemented Co-Vid working control measures, which followed the advice of the latest guidelines from NHS and Public Health England/Wales. From the outset, we created a proactive, yet protective stance including an online induction and medical questionnaire prior to site arrival. This was an industry first innovation and has now become common place across all industries.
By following the latest Government guidelines, whilst protecting workers, maintaining social distancing, minimising contact and washing/ sanitising hands regularly, we implemented the following measures to allow work to carry on efficiently yet safely. At the end of the 5 week build all PHD operatives were
tested again, and no one had contracted the virus.