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Painting Against Covid-19 at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital

Bagnalls | 12 May

Dealing with increased healthcare demands

With the current COVID-19 crisis meaning NHS resources are now at a premium, the opening of the new Royal Liverpool University Hospital has been more important than ever in helping manage the virus and care for patients.

The new hospital, which has already experienced extensive delays to opening over the past few years, now has three wards which are open following the huge efforts of a team of specially selected contractors, including Bagnalls, managed by main contractor, Laing O’Rourke.

Bagnalls have been fully involved in this work, delivering their element of the project in just 3.5 weeks. Tasked with completing a major painting and decorating programme throughout the site, our team of 20 operatives have worked diligently to meet the tight deadline whilst following a rigorous safety regime because of the current unprecedented situation.

Balancing safe and effective work

The safety requirements whilst working in a hospital are naturally very strict, and we have measures and policies in place to make sure all our work is always completed to the high standards required in healthcare. However, this project’s unique requirements in respect of the pandemic meant that additional social distancing and safety procedures needed to be implemented in order to safeguard our own staff as well as other teams on site. By staggering break times and keeping to the 2-metre social distancing rule, we helped to maintain a safe site whilst still working productively to meet the project deadline.

Steve Bethell, North West Director, said “I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to our painters who have worked tremendously hard to decorate this new facility to the required standard”.

Working in such challenging and unusual conditions was difficult and draining, however we could not be prouder of the work our team has produced.


Bagnalls Supervisor Kevin Travers commented “our lads have worked day and night, evening and weekends to ensure that the wider local community of Liverpool have the opportunity to recover from their illness in a modern, state of the art facility.”

Delivering the programme of decorating works across the three wards, communal areas and undertaking external painting works required teams of decorators working simultaneously across different parts of the hospital, all led by an individual Team Leader.  It was due to the proactive planning of the Team Leaders who led, managed and worked alongside the same team of painters that resulted in this project meeting its painting goals.

Laing O’Rourke, the main contractor on the project added “Bagnalls dedication and commitment has contributed to the success of an incredibly challenging part of the new Royal Liverpool University Hospital project as part of the NHS National Response Plan to combat Covid-19.

“The team completed all works to an excellent standard in a very challenging timeframe, whilst maintaining stringent safe social distancing working practices throughout and are a great example and integral part of the collaborative team completing the new Royal.”

The collective effort of all the teams involved in the opening of these wards, in such a short timescale, will now allow for greater NHS capacity to care for patients affected by the virus within the local community.

We would like to extend our thanks and congratulations to each and every one of the Bagnalls team who worked on-site during this project; your efforts were remarkable.

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