Field Hospital with hundreds of beds completed

The Fabian Way site will initially have 420 beds

Work to transform a former Swansea Bay motor factory into a high-tech hospital ready for hundreds of beds has been completed in just over a month.

The first two phases of the project have been handed over by Swansea Council to the Swansea Bay University Health Board (SBUHB) to help the NHS in its fight against coronavirus.

The Bay Field Hospital, just off Fabian Way will provide new capacity for the NHS to support that already at Morriston, Singleton, Neath Port Talbot hospitals as well as in the nearby Llandarcy Field Hospital.

Outpatient and other clinical sites have been redesigned to meet the challenges of the coronavirus outbreak.

The rapid transformation of the Bay Studios expansive 1950s industrial space, which saw much 24/7 working, was a joint effort between Swansea Council’s  building services team, SBUHB and contractors Kier and TRJ.

It will initially have 420 beds for those requiring a short stay, and a discharge lounge with 80 seats for people ready to go home, which can expand to respond to growing need. Work continues to that it will also have the capacity to provide a further 540 beds if required.

Swansea Council leader Rob Stewart said:

“Only four weeks ago Bay Studios looked like what it was, a linked series of huge drafty factory units dating back around 70 years.

“We were asked to build a hospital and, since then, we’ve created a building within that building – a high-tech setting fit for the best in modern healthcare.

“We’re all proud to have done our bit to deliver an exceptional new space for the NHS to support them in their efforts to save lives. This is partnership working at its very best.

“I thank all involved, including staff from the council, contractors, health board and Roy Thomas who owns the site and worked with us swiftly to agree a lease. I also thank Neath Port Talbot Council as this facility is just over our border on their patch.”

SBUHB chief executive Tracy Myhill said: 

“The transformation of a huge ex-factory unit, which was once home to both metalworking and motor industries, has been spectacular to see in just a few short weeks.

“The building is unrecognisable from its early roots, and now, as the Bay Field Hospital, is ready to join our other field hospital at Llandarcy to play its part in caring for patients during this pandemic. 

“I would like to thank Swansea Council and contractors Kier and TRJ for their amazing efforts, which have involved working around the clock to get this work done.” 

Bay Field Hospital will care for patients who need a less intensive level of support than Llandarcy.

They will not need to be in one of the main hospitals either, but will need additional support, including preparation for their discharge.

Martin Nicholls, Swansea Council’s director of place, said: “It’s the biggest project management job we’ve ever delivered as a council.

“Our construction management team on this project normally delivers construction projects such as a new school or new houses.

“The scale of this is way above that and we’ve shown that we have the expertise and the ability to deliver such projects.


The Bay Field Hospital in numbers

·If laid out on the road network the facility’s electric cabling would stretch from Swansea to Edinburgh – more than 700km.

·If laid out side by side the ceiling’s plywood panels would cover around four football pitches.

·The same goes for the chipboard flooring and vinyl floor covering.

·If laid out side by side, the structural board for the walls would cover around 10 football pitches.

·Likewise, the insulation sheets and rolls for floors and ceilings would cover around 12 football pitches.

·The total length of the planed, treated and shaped timber for frame construction, internal partitioning walls, interior framing and stud walling is around 20km – similar to the drive from Swansea to Kidwelly Castle.

·You could paint around nine football pitches with the paint used on jobs such as ceilings and walls.

·If you squeezed out the project’s silicone sealant it would take you from the bottom to top of Mount Everest. Three times. It’s used on jobs such as sink and shower units, glazing and panelling joints.

·If you laid out end to end the walls’ clinical covering it would stretch around the Silverstone race track. Three times.


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