In an effort to support the government’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, Metsä Wood UK has produced over 43,000 linear metres of Finnjoist I-beams to be used as part of the structure for a new NHS Nightingale hospital in Swansea Bay, Wales.
The Swansea Bay Nightingale Hospital is a new NHS field hospital which is being built specifically to provide beds and specialist healthcare for patients suffering from symptoms of Covid-19.
26 tonnes of I-beams left Metsä Wood’s site in King’s Lynn – which is home to timber I-beam manufacturing facilities and a timber treatment tank. Within four days, T Richard Jones Ltd (TRJ) had already delivered the I-beams to site in Swansea and begun construction on the structure, which is being built inside an existing 11,000 m2 building.
Finnjoist I-beams are produced with Kerto LVL (laminated veneer lumber) flanges and a high quality oriented strand board (OSB3) web. Typically used in floor construction, Finnjoist I-beams are lightweight yet strong, resulting in quick and reliable installation.
Metsä Wood is one of the leading European producers of engineered wood products.