Roles were reversed recently in Scotland following Graham’s completion of the NHS Louisa Jordan (named after a nurse who died in service during World War One) Nightingale Hospital in Glasgow. It’s become customary for us to step out of our front doors at 8pm each Thursday to applaud the courageous efforts of NHS staff. On this occasion, however, it was the nurses and doctors who lined up to clap their hands in a touching gesture of thanks as construction workers filed out for the final time.
The contribution made by Graham staff was not lost on Cabinet Secretary for Health & Sport, Jeane Freeman, who said: “I want to offer my sincere gratitude and thanks to the contractors who have come across to Scotland and worked tirelessly to transform the SEC into the NHS Louisa Jordan. You are an inspiration to us all.”
Another of Northern Ireland’s renowned construction and civil engineering contractors has also played its part in trying to manage the COVID-19 crisis. Farrans successfully handed over the North Wing Redevelopment at the Altnagelvin Hospital, Derry/ Londonderry. Originally scheduled for completion in June, the project was fast- tracked, together with three additional wards on the healthcare project.
“Particular thanks goes to Farrans, their sub-contractors and supply chain, for their support and commitment to delivering for the hospital in the face of extreme challenges to the construction sector,” said Dr Anne Kilgallen, Chief Executive of the Western Health & Social Care Trust. Farrans Regional Director, Glenn Gilmore, added his appreciation for the efforts of his company’s workers. “I also want to praise the commitment and dedication that went into the early delivery of this critical project, and to playing a key part in assisting our NHS frontline services in the fight against COVID-19. It’s a news story we are very proud of at Farrans.”