Product / system manufacture
Product / system supply
Brady and Gallagher
In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, a fast-build hospital was specified for Jersey and Prihoda were able to pull off a bespoke design for the ventilation system in the shortest of time frames.
The eye-watering timeline for this project ran from the decision to have a field hospital on 2 April, and saw the construction of an aluminium framed semi-rigid panelled building, (erected by a team from the Netherlands in 9 days), with the complete fit-out, through to the anticipated opening on 4 May.
This temporary hospital will provide 180 beds, based on the Nightingale layout of two rows of 15 beds in each ward. Once it is no longer needed, the site will be dismantled and the Millfield playing fields will be returned back to its normal state. Clearly, speed is of the essence in a project like this, and brings out the best in collaborative solutions.
With an air sock system working with the building's ventilation equipment which is well suited to an aluminium framed building, being lightweight, very fast and easy to install, and with our ability to deliver a bespoke system quickly, Prihoda was selected to be part of this effort for the people of Jersey.
The ventilation system & its bespoke manufacture
Once the electronic design reached the team at the factory at Prihoda HQ in Hlinsko in Czechia, on Friday 17th April, they were briefed on the urgency of the job. Michal, Head of Production, sourced the fabric from existing factory supplies and the perforation of the fabric was done by the laser machines over the weekend, so that the fabric ducts could be sewn together on the Monday. The ducts were checked by the output inspection department and packed into boxes ready for transportation to the UK. As explained by Zdenek Prihoda, CEO: ‘It is a chain of simple steps but not one element needs to go wrong’.
Once on site, the air socks are installed with a simple rail system and connected to the ventilation equipment by our customer, the Jersey based M&E contractors Brady and Gallagher. Zdenek added ‘It is our duty and I feel happy we had a great opportunity to help!’. Indeed, this collaboration shows how good communication in all elements of the supply chain have bought about a solution to just one small element of the fast-paced and huge effort needed to construct a Nightingale Hospital.