What a privilege to have been working on site at the new Bristol Nightingale - and what an experience it was.
I cannot comprehend the extra hours of work involved and the monumental effort needed to turn an exhibition space into a hospital in 17 days. What a testimony the handover was to everyone who worked so hard to make the Bristol Nightingale a success. On site for only 2 days, I was tasked to record a set of photographs showing the build, record a series of video interviews of the build team members about their experiences on site, and finally record videos and photos from my licensed drone.
I'd imagine most people on site would have had concerns about how much risk they face working at this time of UK lockdown, mainly in terms of mixing with lots of other site workers, but the constructors had the whole site working to government social distance rules, and wherever possible, everyone I saw was following it as best they could.
The main thing that kept being mentioned as I was interviewing the staff was just how great it was to see (and hear) everyone pulling together, and the successful teamwork is self-evident in the fact that a project that would normally take a year in the planning alone was completed - start to finish, in 17 days. Incredible. Well done everyone.
I will be visiting the Swansea Nightingale this week to capture the works being undertaken there to transform Swansea Bay Studios into a hospital.
Follow NHS Bristol Nightingale on Twitter.
BBC coverage of hospital opened on Monday 27/04/2020 by Prince Edward here.
Watch the Earl of Essex hospital opening message here.
You can read the Bristol Post's coverage here.
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