Communities and healthcare systems worldwide strive to keep up with the spread of COVID-19. In response, some buildings and facilities are volunteering their space to support patient care. That includes two CBRE clients in Spain and the U.K.
In Spain, Hotel Barcelona Princess—a long-time client of SADES, a recently acquired company within CBRE’s Global Workplace Solutions business—has been converted into an extension of the Hospital del Mar. The 363-room field hospital opened on April 1 and accommodates COVID-19 patients and their healthcare professionals. Currently, the facility serves more than 200 patients.
CBRE’s on-site technicians provide essential maintenance and installation services that keep the field hospital running. The team received the necessary training and guidance for working in this new environment from Hospital del Mar.
In the U.K., CBRE is supporting another long-time client, the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), with the implementation of its Birmingham Nightingale field hospital for COVID-19 patients. The first phase of the hospital opened on April 16 and is equipped with more than 800 beds. It has the capacity to increase to 4,500, if needed.
CBRE’s NEC account team delivered essential mechanical and engineering, fabric and temporary electrical/power supplies during the build and continues the ongoing maintenance of the hospital. This facility joins the network of field hospitals CBRE is helping to assemble with the U.K.’s National Health Service.