My hat is well and truly tipped to Mace and others involved in accomplishing the unimaginable.
For many, only last month we were traipsing around the Excel Center at this years Futurebuild expo.
When this horrid virus first broke out in China I shared a video of a workforce building a temporary hospital inside a week. It was staggering to witness the ingenuity, co-ordination and determination of the project but lead to many commenting on why it could not be done in these shores (differences in the shear number of available skilled workers and clunky supply chain ranking highly).
Forward-wind three months and we've done it!
Two weeks in the making, Mace had 30 dedicated workers and enlisted the help of the military in its completion, with Mitie and ISS managing the facility management aspects.
Plans are moving at pace to emulate this in Harrogate, Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow, leading to a further 4,500 beds.
I have seen several comments about how human behaviours will change off the back of this pandemic. Appreciating various loop holes were invariably skipped and the fabric of the building was already in place, surely as an industry construction can reflect on ways of speeding up schemes in the future.
Well done everyone involved - hooray for the UK construction industry.
Mr Hepburn said the three main challenges were: Speed of the construction and what to build it out ofHaving a reliable electrical supply - for life-saving ventilators and equipmentAnd being able to get medical gases to each of the bedsExCeL's existing electrical infrastructure has been modified to ensure the power supply can cope with demand - and not cut out. Temporary generators and oxygen tanks, to supply the beds, have also been installed.