ENGIE joins generous donors to celebrate construction progress on state-of-the-art Manchester Helipad

    Leading energy, services
    and regeneration specialist, ENGIE, recently joined partners and donors to
    celebrate the ‘ground-breaking’ of its Manchester Helipad project,
    demonstrating the progress of construction works at the site.

    Funding for the Helipad was
    raised by Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust’s (MFT) charity, Time Save
    Lives Appeal, which raised a phenomenal £3.9million in just 12 months, thanks
    to the dedication and generosity of its supporters.

    The new Helipad will be
    located on the roof of Grafton Street multi story car park and will include an
    adjoining high-level link bridge to the roof of Manchester Royal Infirmary
    (MRI). The helipad will also provide access to Royal Manchester Children’s
    Hospital, St Mary’s and the Royal Eye Hospital.

    Robert Bertram from the
    HELP Appeal charity, which is dedicated to funding hospital and air ambulance
    helipads across the country, and Stephen Lowe, representing The Stoller
    Charitable Trust joined MFT Chairman Kathy Cowell OBE DL, and Maurice Watkins
    OBE, Charitable Fundraising Board Chairman to see progress on the construction
    project, which is being led by ENGIE.

    Andrew McIntosh, Regional
    Managing Director at ENGIE said: “We’re delighted to be leading this pioneering
    project and making a real impact to the Manchester community, by providing real
    improvements to the transportation of thousands of patients.

    “Manchester has some of the
    world’s leading hospitals and this Helipad will provide a major boost to the
    region’s healthcare services. 

    “The recent ceremony and
    event was a chance to celebrate the hard work everyone has put into making this
    project a reality and our thanks must go out to all partners involved.”

    Manchester University NHS
    Foundation Trust Chairman, Kathy Cowell, said: “It was a pleasure to again meet
    representatives from these organisations, who have so generously funded our
    Helipad. I was delighted to show our guests construction progress so far on our
    Helipad, which will help so many of our patients in the future.

    “This is a very exciting
    time for MFT and the helipad is a fantastic project, which will help to save so
    many lives in Greater Manchester, the North West and beyond.”

    Alistair Rennie, Consultant
    in Emergency Medicine and Major Trauma at the MRI and Group Clinical Lead for
    Emergency Planning at MFT, said; “This Helipad means that Air Ambulances, which
    currently land on a nearby field, will be able to land directly at MFT. This is
    crucial, as the first 60 minutes following a major trauma injury is known as
    the ‘Golden Hour’, and treatment within the first hour can mean the difference
    between life and death.

    “The Helipad will ensure
    both adults and children with major trauma reach their respective major trauma
    receiving teams without delay. I was proud to show our guests what a difference
    their generous donations will make.”

    The helipad is set to be
    fully operational later this year.

    For further information on
    ENGIE, visit www.engie.co.uk/places