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Mott MacDonald pair receive special awards for pandemic hospitals

19 August 2020
The Nightingale hospital at the Manchester Central Convetion Complex under construction

Two project managers from Mott MacDonald have won a special award from the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAENG) for their exceptional achievements in tackling covid-19 in the UK.

Martyn Frackelton and Ian Watkins have each received the award after volunteering their skills and expertise to complete Nightingale hospitals.

As technical lead for NHS Nightingale London, Watkins, who normally works in transportation, worked with NHS England and NHS Improvement to deliver the Britain’s first coronavirus response hospital. This focused around the non-clinical areas and supporting infrastructure including non-clinical flows, access, emergency vehicle movements, accommodation and other external and surrounding infrastructure.

Frackelton used his 20 years’ experience of project management in the education and health sector to manage the creation of NHS Nightingale Hospital North West. Working with Mott MacDonald colleagues, he coordinated the transformation of the Manchester Central Convention Complex from an exhibition centre to a healthcare facility with up to 630 beds.

A wider team of project managers, engineers and cost consultants from Mott MacDonald also supported delivery of The Dragon’s Heart hospital in Cardiff where the company was project manager, lead designer, cost consultant and employer agent for Cardiff and Vale University Health Board. In Scotland, Mott MacDonald provided project management services to the NHS for the NHS Louisa Jordan hospital in Glasgow.

Liz King, Mott MacDonald’s head of excellence said: “The work we have done on the covid-19 response hospitals reflects our resilience as a business to deliver an outstanding service in a short space of time. Our ability to adapt and deliver right first time to support the NHS in being the best it can be is something we are very proud of. Congratulations to Martyn and Ian on these awards and everyone else who has been involved in the delivery of these hospitals, showcasing excellence during these challenging times.”