CoronaVirus update

The ExCeL Exhibition Centre in East London, known for its events such as Grand Designs and Britain’s Got Talent has undergone a major transformation from a world leading events venue into the NHS Nightingale hospital to help towards the fight of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As the incumbent Fire Safety Company of the ExCeL Centre for the last 10 years, we were asked to install additional fire alarm components to the existing fire 

PLP and ExCel

Over 10 years

system to cover the new 4000 bed project together with extinguishers and stands to cover the newly formed wards. 

The installation needed to be seamlessly integrated into the existing system and configuration updated to accommodate the requirements of the NHS and a completely different type of venue. This was an immense challenge with tight deadlines and a large installation programme.

Our director Rob Beeching led from the front as project manager and with his team of what can only be described as super stars set about the task to carry out these important and urgent works. 

From the start the team stood up to the plate and produced an unbelievable effort to ensure works were completed on time.

The effort and dedication the whole team put in was very humbling.

The whole team pulled together and delivered under very difficult conditions. I am so proud of the whole team, they all gave 110% dedication to the project, I cannot thank them enough for their commitment and hard work.

A special thank you to go to all of our suppliers Notifier, Edmundson’s, KGM, Jactone and QDOS who were unbelievable from start to finish, we had suppliers hand delivering parts, fast tracking orders and making themselves available 24/7 during the project, nothing was too much

I would also like to take this opportunity to say thank you to the NHS and all the Key Workers who are doing an amazing job up and down the country.

Lastly I would like to thank the Fire Industry Association and the SSAIB for their support.

Rob Beeching

Project Manager and Director, PLP Fire

Although this project has been hard work both mentally and physically the end result was a very rewarding one. Having already seen the great work the NHS has been doing up and down the country to be able to work alongside them to deliver this project was an honour.

We witnessed a truly unbelievable effort by all, everyone pulled together from the NHS, Army and Private Industry to ensure the Hospital was completed in time it was truly amazing to see a venue transform into a Hospital so quickly.

It was a very nice surprise to receive the following feedback from CFES ltd the company that ran the Nightingale project.

Read the full letter here

We would like to thank all your team at PLP for the support and works undertaken on the Nightingale London Excel project.

You reacted quickly and supported the aims of the project to “get the beds operational as quick as possible”. It was a pleasure to have PLP as part of the  team and we look forward to working with you further on other projects.

Rob Doubtfire

Managing Director, Cfes Ltd

The Hospital

The NHS Nightingale London first opened its doors on the 3rd April 2020 after being officially opened by the His Royal Highness Prince Charles via video link from Birkhall Scotland.

The Nightingale Hospitals are part of a countrywide initiative to help towards the care of patients during the Covid 19 Pandemic.


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