The Dragon’s Heart Hospital- Supporting emergency critical care in a global pandemic

Location
UK, Cardiff
Period
April 2020
The Dragon’s Heart Hospital- Supporting emergency critical care in a global pandemic
Overview
In early 2020, the Principality Stadium in Cardiff was preparing to host the Six Nations. An iconic sporting venue built to host the Rugby World Cup in 1999, the stadium is the home of Welsh rugby used to welcoming sports fans from across the globe but then COVID-19 changed everything.
Detailed Description

The Ysbyty Calon y Ddraig / The Dragon’s Heart Hospital is a temporary emergency critical care hospital created to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. The largest in Wales and the second largest such facility in the UK with an initial capacity of 300 beds when it opened in April 2020 before expanding to 2,000 beds. At Watts we responded quickly to supply safety critical frost sensors to the site for our customer H&C Contracts. These are deployed to monitor and manage the heating and air conditioning system at the temporary hospital. The air conditioning system checks the outside temperature via these controllers before setting a suitable indoor environment temperature.

James Turner, Regional Sales Manager for Watts explains: “The construction of the NHS Nightingale hospitals is undoubtedly one of the fastest and most important construction projects we have worked on this year. Designing and delivering effective air conditioning systems is challenging in a normal environment but delivering effective systems to these unique hospitals is an extra challenger.

Our air monitoring temperature range is tried and tested in a hospital environment and was ideal for deployment to the Ysbyty Calon y Ddraig / The Dragon’s Heart Hospital to support the delivery of a comfortable temporary hospital. We work with every customer to ensure our products are available quickly, an aspect that was particularly important to H&C Contracts given the emergency nature of this project.”

The 2,000-bed site is now in the process of being decommissioned and will be replaced by a smaller temporary hospital in October 2020.