Wayfinding Strategies, External Signage, Internal SignageNHS Nightingale Hospitals


ExCel Centre, London
UWE Frenchay Campus, Bristol
Millbrook Playing Fields, Jersey

Project type - London

Wayfinding Strategy
External Signage


On March 24th Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced plans to create NHS Nightingale Hospital London within the ExCel Centre. Developed to support the NHS during the Covid crisis, the temporary hospital had an initial capacity for 500 patients, with the potential for 4000.

The first of a number of NHS Nightingale Hospitals throughout the UK, NHS Nightingale Hospital London was officially opened on 3rd April, only 10 days after its announcement.

This rapid timescale was made possible through a collaboration of military planners, NHS England, Architects BDP, logistics coordinator Wilson James, plus importantly, a host of commercial companies, like Best Wayfinding, providing core design, supply and implementation services.

NHS Nightingale Hospital London - Emergency Vehicle Bay Marking


The NHS Nightingale wayfinding strategy had two main objectives:

  • Get all users on-site and to their end-point quickly and safely
  • Get all users off-site safely, whilst minimising the risk of cross contamination

As wayfinding experts, Best Wayfinding know that an effective wayfinding strategy leads site users to an end point one step at a time.


  • Wayfinding Strategy
  • Signage to direct all users to the car park
  • Layout for car park zones
  • Line marking for parking spaces and walkways
  • Signage to direct users from the car park to the facility
  • External site/building signage, directing users into and around the facility

Project type - Bristol

Wayfinding Strategy
External Signage
Internal Signage


NHS Nightingale Hospital Bristol was announced on 3rd April and officially opened on 27th April. With the capacity for 60 patients (and the potential for 300), Bristol was a far smaller site than the ExCel facility. However, with similar logistic requirements, the reduced space on-site created some of its own issues.

NHS Nightingale Hospital Bristol - Entrance Signage


NHS Nightingale Hospital Jersey was a 180-bed facility, built on Millbrook playing fields. In addition to the challenge of a short build timescale, lockdown meant that the project’s construction was also limited to using services already on the island. Having already developed wayfinding strategies for London and Bristol, Best Wayfinding was a logical choice to work with the Jersey team.

Project type - Jersey

Wayfinding Strategy

NHS Nightingale Jersey - Wayfinding Strategybed-labelling

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