A team of events professionals, led by Visions Group, the event production specialist, has created a staff village for the NHS.

Visions Group has built the village from scratch in the grounds of Reading School, providing temporary accommodation and operational support service to NHS staff.

The school’s grounds were gifted to Royal Berkshire Hospital so that welfare accommodation could be created for workers, who are either unable to go home or who otherwise would have faced a long and tiring journey home.

From an initial site visit last Thursday (March 26) at 3pm, the team responded quickly. Visions called on industry contacts to provide temporary accommodation, and local companies to provide catering, cleaning and linen supplies. Wi-Fi, power and lighting have also been installed.

Caboose and Co answered Visions’ call and provided 40 accommodation units, usually found on event and festival sites.

Operational for a minimum of six weeks, the temporary site will provide much-needed accommodation for NHS staff directly responding to the increased medical demand during the coronavirus outbreak. Rooms will be occupied for three-day shifts, whilst local businesses will provide room cleaning services between each stay. The staff village also features a pop-up supermarket providing convenience foods and key provisions required by NHS employees.

Steve McManus, chief executive officer of the Royal Berkshire Hospital, commented: “The team have done an amazing job with all 40 accommodation units now in place.”

Chris Norman, chief executive officer of Visions Group, explained: “Our depot is located less than one mile away from the hospital and Reading School. We are immensely proud to have been awarded this contract supporting local community key workers at this crucial time as they continue to work tirelessly helping people fighting against this virus.”

Tom Critchley, managing director of Caboose and Co, said: “We’re extremely pleased to be able to help our incredible NHS in a time of need never witnessed before. Despite lockdown challenges, our Caboose team and transportation partners responded and adapted quickly, ensuring that rooms were rapidly deployed and installed to help ease community pressures. We’re proud to play our part in these exceptional times and help provide a convenient, comfy place for staff to rest after a physically and emotionally demanding shift.”

Visions Group has in-depth experience of working within the emergency services and other authorities and has delivered bespoke contingency and resilience solutions to a number of events, including other NHS Trusts and organisations enabling them to withstand potentially adverse situations.