Lancashire racing team on the frontline of COVID-19 response

24 April 2020 | adminleveridge

RLR MSport has been on the frontline of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, having played a key role in constructing the Deeside Nightingale Hospital Project in North Wales.

The Lancastrian racing team has a strong reputation thanks to its long-established and successful European Le Mans Series (ELMS) and Michelin Le Mans Cup campaigns, which have yielded plenty of race wins, championship titles and coveted entries to the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Much of its success can be attributed to its diverse engineering and manufacturing capabilities and a highly skilled workforce that hold Mechanical Engineering degrees from some of the most esteemed universities and colleges in the North of England and Wales.

It was for those reasons that RLR MSport was enlisted for the Deeside Nightingale Hospital Project by global specialist in healthcare engineering and construction, MIG, which has been working in partnership with local authorities and military planners to rapidly establish the field hospital by the end of April.

Work on the newly-named Rainbow Deeside Hospital commenced at the start of the month, with the 1452 square metre skate park and adjoining ice-rink dismantled and cleared before teams of contractors began fitting out the emergency hospital.

Since then, RLR MSport has manufactured steel supports, brackets and storage units at its Darwen headquarters, and fitted 1600 metres of copper piping and built hangars to hold large oxygen cylinders and manifolds at the Deeside facility.

Construction of the Rainbow Deeside Hospital is expected to be completed this weekend, and RLR MSport Director of Motorsport Operations, Nick Reynolds, said: “I can’t thank our mechanics and engineers enough. The scale of the Deeside Nightingale Hospital Project is mind blowing and I’m humbled by our guys’ work ethic and their willingness to get stuck into a wide range of tasks, wherever they were needed most.

“They had to call upon all the skills and efficiency they’ve honed at the racetrack, working 12-hour shifts and making the 90-minute journey to Deeside every day without complaining, with the full support of our families.”

Reynolds continued: “I must thank MIG for inviting us onto the job and providing an opportunity to contribute to the frontline effort against COVID-19. Our thoughts are with all those who have been affected or have lost loved ones to the virus, as well as the incredibly brave and selfless health professionals working within the NHS and our social care system.”