Laing O’Rourke and Mace help collect 1m PPE items

Aaron Morby 4 years ago
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Laing O’Rourke and Mace are among 40 construction groups that have managed to round-up one million items of PPE for hospital staff.

Stockpiles of PPE donated to NHS staff fighting coronavirus
Stockpiles of PPE donated to NHS staff fighting coronavirus

Arcadis coordinated the industry-wide campaign, which also included Network Rail, CBRE and Kellys, to find PPE for use in the NHS during the covid-19 pandemic.

Together, the organisations quadrupled NHS London’s request, locating over a million items ready for collection or drop off including 150,000 gowns/coveralls, 650,000 masks and 420,000 gloves.

A large amount of the PPE went to North London hospitals.

Edel Christie, managing director – Buildings, Arcadis said: “There has been an exceptional response from across the industry which we are proud to be part of.

“We’re now in the process of identifying potential new industrial supply chains capable of supplying thousands more items of PPE for our NHS heroes.”

John O’Connor, group commercial director – Laing O’Rourke said: “Our project teams across the UK feel humbled that they have been able to support the national effort by sourcing more than 20,000 items of personal protective equipment from the stores on our sites for use by health workers across the country.”

Mark Reynolds, Mace group chief executive, said: “It’s a vital contribution from our sector, and a clear demonstration of what we can do when we all work together.

“Construction has a key role to play in our response to this crisis, from sharing equipment to delivering much-needed emergency new healthcare facilities across the UK.

“I’m very proud that we and our supply chain were able to contribute to this fantastic effort.”

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