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Soldiers from Queens Royal Ghurkas, 22 Signal Regiment as they unload copper piping ready to be used within the construction of NHS Nightingale.

As a part of the response to Covid-19 the NEC in Birmingham is being converted into NHS Nightingale. A team comprised of NHS workers, private contractors and British Army troops are working together to build bed spaces and intensive care facilities within the NEC.

RE and supported by personnel from 502 Specialist Team Royal Engineers (STRE) are supporting NHS staff and civilian contractors to design, plan and construct the new NHS Nightingale hospital located in the NEC, Birmingham.

Military personnel including 170 (Infrastructure Support) Engineer Group and staff from the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine have been assisting NHS staff, contractors and wider military units with the design and construction of the facility.

Major Laycock is the Officer Commanding 502 STRE, who are part of 66 Works Group; an element of 170 (Infrastructure Support) Engineer Group. 170 Engr Gp is a specialist unit which provides the professional engineering support to the Armed Forces. This includes infrastructure design, project management and complicated technical solution requirements for the wider Armed Forces and other government departments in support of operations across the world.

Major Laycock is the Officer Commanding 502 STRE


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