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Careers in Construction – Nightingale Hospital

The Nightingale Hospital in Exeter was built in just 57 days, to accommodate patients with COVID-19 during the global pandemic and is now being used as a diagnostic centre and support facility for the RD&E.

This short film has been created to showcase the variety of careers in the Nightingale Hospital’s construction and how different roles have been used to build a prominent structure in the local area.

The quick time to complete the build was possible due to the teamwork of all those involved and this short film includes three of the key companies involved in the design and build, BAM, SDS and TClarke.

Here are some amazing facts about the construction of the Nightingale Hospital.


It took 170,000 of construction to complete the build.

In normal times it would have taken in excess of 60 weeks to build.

Over 100,000 bottles of water were drunk during the build.

Over 130 scissor lifts were on the site at the peak of the build.

The amount of cabling used to complete the hospital would wrap around the world 11 times.