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Nightingale Hospital Exeter


Modular buildings were required to double the size of a repurposed retail unit to accommodate essential healthcare facilities for the Nightingale Hospital Exeter – a new hospital built to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic.


Working as a partner to BAM and to a significantly reduced build programme, Premier designed, reconfigured and installed five single-storey modular buildings comprising 57 steel-framed modules. The scale of this project would typically have taken around four months from receipt of order to handover.

Completed in just four weeks, the integrated buildings were supplied site-ready to accommodate facilities including pharmacy, staff welfare, catering, utility rooms, patient transfer and stores.


This was a challenging project which involved unprecedented collaboration at every level throughout.

The temporary buildings were provided to an ambitious programme ready for fitting out by the BAM supply chain.

The Premier teams across the business – design, production, logistics and on site – pulled out all the stops to reduce the modular build programme from four months to just four weeks to help create the new hospital to support the South West.


The 116-bed hospital is designed to provide high quality specialist care for seriously ill coronavirus patients in Devon, Cornwall and the wider South West region. It will also provide additional capacity by delivering safe and fast access to diagnostic testing.

You can view a video of the new Nightingale Hospital and its construction here.


“The new hospital is a fantastic facility for the South West and was a tremendous effort by the whole construction team. There was an impressive collective desire and positivity throughout to make this happen and in only 57 days.

Premier Modular rose to the challenge and were responsive to our requirements to help us extend the existing building to deliver this emergency healthcare project to a radically reduced programme. They were able to accommodate the client’s design changes and their site team worked well with our project managers so we could co-ordinate M&E installation and fit out with our supply chain.”

Graham Kingdon, Construction Director, BAM

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