FIS members Kenmor Ceilings and Partitions and CCF teamed up to help create a new 460-bed temporary hospital to treat COVID-19 patients at Sunderland’s Nightingale Hospital.

The new facility needed to be built with quality building materials suitable for use in a medical facility, that could also offer ease of installation and quick construction to meet the project brief of a quick completion date.

Helping with the construction process, CCF was appointed by Kenmor Ceilings and Partitions due to having a complete range of flexible building products solutions and construction equipment for hire.

CCF advised that its Tradeline range of metal stud and track solutions would be the ideal solution for the quick, easy to fit together assembly of lightweight yet strong non-load-bearing partitions. For added flexibility, Tradeline’s metal sections are compatible with all major brands of wallboard and ceiling tiles. As a result, the new hospital frames could be quickly erected and installed with other systems to create a strong internal building structure for the 16 separate hospital wards inside the building.

To complete the interior fit-out, CCF delivered British Gypsum board and jointing materials, as well as plasterboard accessories from Expamet. Specialist Rockfon baffles, designed to be hygienic for hospital grade applications, were also supplied.

To provide further assistance, CCF offered a tool hire service to ensure that construction could be carried out with the right specialist safety equipment. The podiums and scissor lifts, provided by CCF, allowed the project to run more efficiently as equipment was quickly made readily available for use on-site. Everyone at CCF showed real commitment and dedication to enable the quick progress of the project. Collections were made throughout the day and during out of hours to ensure that the contractor leading the project had everything they required at each stage of the project.

Starting in March 2020, the building was transformed into a hospital in just four weeks. The hospital is now ready to be used should the NHS need support in the North East. While it is hoped that the facility will not be necessary, the hospital will prove vital should it be required.

Paul Devlin, Director at Kenmor Ceilings and Partitions, said: “This project could not have been completed without Rion and the team at CCF. The timely and professional manner of all CCF services including advice provided, product fulfilment, flexible deliveries and a direct line of communication, seven days a week, all went above and beyond our expectations.”

Rion Davison, Branch Manager at CCF Newcastle, commented: “When working on a construction project where timing is everything, it is so important that supplies are delivered quickly. To ensure this project could be run as efficiently as possible we reached out to our suppliers to deliver materials direct where possible. This collaborative relationship with our suppliers and the CCF team’s dedication, working out of hours where necessary, enabled us to deliver supplies promptly. It is wonderful to have been able to work together to help the progression of this key project