5 May 2020

Architecture Graduate works on NHS Nightingale Hospital project

Sheffield University School of Architecture graduate, Ben Warren, has been working with BDP on their project which repurposed London’s ExCel exhibition centre into the NHS Nightingale Hospital, in order to treat and support thousands more patients.

Ariel view of NHS Nightingale ward

Ben Warren graduated from Sheffield University School of Architecture in June 2019 and went on to begin his RIBA Part 1 training at BDP where he has been working with the design team responsible for the NHS Nightingale Hospital conversion of the ExCel exhibition centre in London.

Ben was principally involved with drawing the NHS Nightingale Instruction Manual, which was designed to illustrate how the complex kit of parts is assembled on site.

Ben said of the project:  

“I was asked to work with Dan Walder and Paul Bailey on the design of the NHS Nightingale Hospital Instruction Manual which was to be shared publically as a resource for all designers who were facing the same challenges. 

We began working on the drawings a few days before the hospital was due to open with its first 500 beds.  Dan visited site to talk through the design of the manual with James Hepburn (brains of the operation) who was coordinating our team’s involvement in the project with NHS Staff, the British Army and contractors.

My job was to help Paul with the drawings which involved being sent images of equipment from James on site, and then drawing them up into IKEA Style Diagrams to show how it worked.  The most interesting part was seeing the technical side of how it all fitted together and how it was achieved in such a short space of time. It was exciting to know that our drawings were going to be distributed to help others do the same. My favourite is the Power drawing which I produced - the most complex Mechanical & Electrical drawing you will ever see.”

Find out more and watch a timelapse of the project. 

Vertical view of NHS Nightingale ward

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