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COVID19 – Dragons Heart Hospital Cardiff

Another project for the history books – challenged by our long standing colleagues at ES Global and Mott McDonald to be the technical lead to design and build a 2000 bed hospital in record time, during the first few scary weeks of the pandemic lockdown, we had our work cut out… .


Within ten days of being on site we had the first 300 beds up and running. This was no field hospital. Unlike other such hospitals the Cardiff and Vale Health Board had set a high standard for ventilation, infection control and patient care, requiring compliance with Hospital Technical Memoranda for all mechanical, electrical and plumbing works. 

The Prince of Wales opens the Dragon’s Heart Hospital in Cardiff | The Royal Family

The remaining areas of the stadium were converted in the next three weeks to become a further 1400 beds, complete with piped Oxygen, hospital grade power and a highly engineered ventilation air flow designed to take covid particles away from the nursing staff. The adjacent Cardiff Blues pitch was used for medical and production staff welfare facilities and the production village. 

Production Science provided the technical solutions and power distribution and led the Mechanical , Electrical and Plumbing team from start to finish. Instrumental in the success of the MEP delivery was our portable BMS system, using nearly 100 of our Environmental Controllers networked across two stadia to control temperature and humidity and control teh Covid19 extract ventilation systems. 

We also provided the site wifi and data logging. 

Specialist M&E design was provided by Hoare Lee. 

Aggreko supported the project with generators, air handling units and how water boilers. 

MTD provided plumbing services. 

Project direction and Site Management was by 9 Yards Ltd.

The project ran for 9 months before being replaced by a longer term facility at the Heath hospital. 

2019 NATO Summit London

Another government project with a set of unique challenges….


… which we rose to.

Using all our contacts in BT to get gigabit lines installed in a tight schedule, commissioning multiple firewalls, dedicated links to the USA and London, from a location only really served by one Point of Presence was never going to be fun, but we received excellent support from everyone involved and had the connectivity up and running ahead of schedule.

We also provided the media centre wifi and broadcast connectivity, together with resilient broadcast power and resilience planning. 

Commonwealth Heads Of Government 2018

The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018, also known as CHOGM 2018, was the 25th meeting of the heads of government of the Commonwealth of Nations. It was held in the United Kingdom in a number of venues, including Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace, Lancaster and York Houses. 

This was a challenging project, requiring us to provide the highest standards of temporary networking, wi-fi and broadcast power. Just installing temporary cabling in the most famous of all listed buildings was a significant exercise. 

In addition to all the normal requirements for delegates, heads of state and FCDO staff we also provided resilient connectivity for broadcast and  wifi and wired network for  a 1500 seat media centre. 



Syria Summit

The Syria conference, on 4 February 2016, was co-hosted by the UK, Germany, Kuwait and the United Nations and saw world leaders challenged to agree a comprehensive new approach on how to respond to the world’s biggest humanitarian crisis. They were tasked with raising significant new funding to help millions of people whose lives have been torn apart by the devastating civil war.

The day opened with speeches by the co-hosts – who included David Cameron, UK Prime Minister and German Chancellor Angela Merkel – before plenary sessions were broken up with dynamic content in the form of films, video link-ups and speakers from NGOs and the private sector. A livestream enabled viewers to tune in to the conference online, in real-time, from anywhere in the world.

Themes covered humanitarian, economic opportunities and jobs, inside Syria, including protection of civilians from harm, and education.

Delegates in attendance included Nobel peace prize laureate Malala Yousafazai, Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan, Ertharin Cousin, head of the UN’s World Food Programme, China’s foreign minister Wang Yi, Iranian foreign minister Mohammed Javad Zarif, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and US Secretary of State John Kerry.

Security was of paramount importance at this third major international aid conference on Syria. It was the first conference to invite Syrian delegates to attend. The production team worked closely with the Met Police, government and other agencies ahead of the event.

The world’s media congregated at neighbouring Central Hall Westminster, to use the media filing facilities, with wifi, wired network , print services, IPTV and broadcast power all provided by Production Science.

NATO Summit 2014

Production Science are proud to have been involved with the NATO 2014 Summit in Newport, South Wales. We were responsible for Network and IT services and Power provision across the main site at Celtic Manor and satellite venues at Cardiff Castle, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and Royal Navy type 45 Destroyer HMS Duncan, servicing delegations from 70 countries, including world leaders such as President Obama and David Cameron.

Leaders hold a meeting on Afghanistan during the NATO 2014 summit at the Celtic Manor Hotel in Newport, South Wales, on September 4, 2014. The NATO summit billed as the most important since the Cold War got underway with calls to stand up to Russia over Ukraine and confront Islamic State extremists. AFP PHOTO/SAUL LOEB

The network on a project of this scale was particularly challenging, with an extensive 10Gbps backbone being deployed on a site stretching over several miles with fully redundant Fibre Optic links to all areas of the network. A multiple security layer model was provided, with on and off site firewalls and data cleansing centres.

Wired, Wireless and Print services were provided in a large double deck Temporary Media Centre and 10 Media Conference venues, to service the requirement for 2500 journalists, photographers and broadcasters from the world’s media. Production Science consulted extensively in the design and provision of the internet services and firewalls for the event, working closely with BT and the UK Foreign And Commonwealth Office to provide the services on time and in a fully redundant design. The event had 3 x 1Gbps connections to the main site and 3x 100Mbps connections to the satellite sites, with ADSL backup.

We also provided temporary power to areas including media centre, broadcast facilities, press conference and the main meeting rooms. Celtic Manor Resorts power supply was deemed to be unsuitable for a high profile event of this nature as there would have been a delay in changeover in the event of a mains failure. We teamed up with Aggreko and installed 14 generators and over 15KM of temporary cabling across the event including installation on board HMS Duncan. All temporary electrical systems were designed with 100% redundancy via synchronised generators.

FCO Sexual Violence In Conflict

The UK Foreign and Commonwealth office hosted a summit on sexual violence in conflict at the ExCel centre , London.


This project required us to install an overlay IP wired and wireless network to provide connectivity to 1700 delegates and 123 country delegations, as well as 79 Ministers.

IPTV was also provided for show relay and host broadcast feed around the venue


More on the event:



When Skype had a need for a rock solid connection and Audio Visual support in The Roof Gardens for a very important call, we were pleased to be able to help them.

Qasr-Al_Hosn Festival

The Qasr-Al_Hosn cultural festival in Abu Dhabi had specific technical requirements for the delivery of their story to visitors. Guests used a mobile application on their phone to scan QR codes located on a trail of culturally significant objects in the grounds of the fort in Abu Dhabi. The QR codes were produced by unusual means such as wood carving and weaving the codes into traditional carpets. Production Science devised a content delivery system that served the content without reliance on the site internet connection, whilst allowing users to click through to social networks to discuss the significance of the objects and promote the exhibition.  This system worked for 3G and wifi users, as well as being available on the internet for off-site  browsing.

COP 18

The 18th Council Of Parties in Doha was a world class event requiring our full attention. We were pleased to supply technical services and equipment to both the President’s and GCC pavilions. Our scope included lighting, Audio Visual, show relay, IPTV and power distribution as well as meeting room support technicians. This event was serviced entirely from our Doha depot.

London 2012

Production Science were heavily involved in the London 2012 Olympics from the initial market feasibility studies in 2009 right through to sponsorship support, test event delivery, media centre provision and Games time structures power distribution and structure and site lighting.

We were contracted both to LOCOG and their suppliers and we were active at Olympic Park and all the main sites in London, Weymouth and Eton as well as non competition venues and the IOC Hotel.

Further details:

UPS in comms rooms and OVRs

Horseguards Parade – structures power and lighting, site and emergency lighting

The Mall – structures power and lighting, site and emergency lighting

Horseguards/The Mall OVR and Timing room technical construction

ExCel – site and broadcast compound lighting

Media Centres – interior fitout and bandwidth