Airedale Group has picked up a project to immediately fit out a temporary mortuary on behalf of Leeds City Council.
The city has suffered 59 deaths so far due to the coronavirus crisis and so is bracing for a further spike with the outfit of this new facility.
The emergency mortuary is expected to be housed in Waterside Industrial Park in Stourton, and is estimated to cost the authority around £800,000.
A document uploaded onto Leeds City Council’s website claimed the money would be used to manufacture, supply and install ‘bespoke equipment’ to form the temporary mortuary facility.
The council has bypassed its standard procedures for such big projects, including approval from senior councillors, due to the urgent need for the mortuary.
The website document stated: “Given the urgency of the nature of the works it was vital that Authority to Spend of £800,000 be approved so that an initial order (to the value of £306,000 rounded) could be placed with Airedale Catering Equipment, in order to secure the manufacture and installation of the equipment to allow delivery to site during week commencing 13 April 2020, so that the temporary facility is available to support existing mortuary facilities in the city as soon as possible.”
Airedale project sales and commercial director Paul Woodford told Catering Insight: “From the outset of this crisis, we made the conscious decision to keep all operations across the Airedale Group active to support our existing clients, as well as our supply chain.
“Leeds Council are a long-standing customer and through in house manufacturing we are were able to help out and support their requirements.”