SJ8397 : Nightingale Hospital at Manchester Central

taken 18 days ago, near to Manchester, Great Britain

Nightingale Hospital at Manchester Central
Nightingale Hospital at Manchester Central
During the 2020 coronavirus pandemic LinkExternal link , NHS England established temporary field hospitals in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Harrogate to provide cover for the projected increase in patients and ease the anticipated strain on NHS services. These hospitals were named "NHS Nightingale" after the nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale.

The 1000-bed NHS Nightingale Hospital North West was the third of the temporary NHS Nightingale Hospitals, It has been constructed inside the Manchester Central Convention Complex and opened on 13 April 2020. Fortunately, patient numbers remained below capacity LinkExternal link and, by the time this photograph was taken in the third week of June the hospital had been placed on standby
Manchester Central

The Manchester Central complex was originally built as Manchester Central Station and opened officially in July 1880. It operated successfully for almost 90 years but was deemed surplus to requirements when the railway network was restructured following the Beeching report. Central Station closed in May 1969.

The building had been granted Grade l listed status in 1963 and this ensured that the shell would be preserved but it remained standing empty for several years. Greater Manchester County Council purchased the building in 1978, developjng the station into the G-Mex (the "Greater Manchester Exhibition Centre") which opened in 1986. Its listing was revised to Grade II status in 1994 (LinkExternal link for listing details).

In 2001 the Manchester International Convention Centre (MICC) was added to the complex and in January 2007 the venue was rebranded as Manchester Central, evoking the memory of the former Manchester Central railway station.

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Tuesday, 23 June, 2020   (more nearby)
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Saturday, 27 June, 2020
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Historic sites and artefacts  City, Town centre  Railways  Health and social services  People, Events 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 837 977 [100m precision]
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 837 978
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