A range of remedies for hospitals, surgeries and care homes, including hygienic vinyl flooring, ‘waveform’ curtain walling and modular building systems for straitened public sector budgets

PVC-free impact protection solutions

Specifier products

Construction Specialties has supplied and installed a full range of internal protection products manufactured in its Acrovyn 4000 material at Stepping Hill hospital’s maternity ward in Stockport, Greater Manchester. Acrovyn 4000 is free from potentially harmful chemicals such as persistent bioaccumulative toxins and bisphenol A, and the product is 100% recyclable. The firm says Acrovyn 4000 was chosen for its durability and ability to withstand impact. It adds that the shallow grain texture of the Acrovyn 4000 makes it easy to clean.

Construction Specialties

Modular hospital buildings

Portakabin, a modular building specialist, has launched WardSpace, a range of options for standardised hospital buildings that are intended to help healthcare providers expand facilities to reduce patient waiting times. WardSpace provides ready-to-use, fully equipped buildings for interim or permanent use, which the firm says can be delivered quickly. The buildings are constructed to the latest healthcare standards, including Health Technical Memoranda, Health Buildings Notes, Scottish Health Technical Memoranda and the Healthcare Associated Infection System for Controlling Risk in the Built Environment. WardSpace features a central core that accommodates a nurses’ station, dirty and clean utilities, reception, waiting area, toilets and showers, and other essential facilities.


High-quality finish coatings

Various Dulux Trade coatings have been used in the decoration of the Shenley Wood Village in Milton Keynes, a new development of apartments offering health and leisure facilities for people aged 55 and over. The products specified include Dulux Trade Diamond Matt, Vinyl Matt, Ecosure Gloss and Metalshield. The company says Diamond Matt was chosen for the indoor communal areas as they would require a coating that would be hardwearing in a busy, high-traffic environment. The firm adds that the emulsion can also be easily wiped clean, reducing decoration costs.

Dulux Trade

Reversible water chillers

CIATCooler is the new range from CIAT of air/water reversible water chillers for indoor installation. It is available in 10 models, covering net cooling capacities from 18 to 75kW and net heating capacities from 22 to 85kW. Available in standard or high energy-efficiency versions, the range is intended for both new-build
and renovation projects. It is available in four versions to cover the needs of various sectors, including offices, hospitals and retail. The firm says the refrigerating system uses the environmentally friendly R410A refrigerant and a new brazed-plate heat exchanger, which reduces the refrigerant needed.


Doors specified for care home

Vicaima’s Classic Oak doors and Just White plywood flush doors have been used throughout St Catherine’s View, a Colten Care dementia care home in Winchester. The company says the design of the home reflects the latest thinking in dementia care, and the right blend of calm and stimulation had to be provided for the residents. The firm claims its doors were specified mainly due to their quality and finish.


Thin Joint system

H+H’s Thin Joint system of large-format aircrete blocks and Celfix mortar was used by Highwood Group for the construction of a specialist 80-bedroom care home and six assisted-living bungalows. Thin Joint blocks were used to construct the inner skin of the load-bearing external cavity walls. The firm says the 610mm-long, 210mm-high, 140mm-wide Jumbo Plus blocks helped speed up construction, enabling the care home to meet a tight construction programme.


Commercial vinyl flooring

Specifier products

Polyflor, manufacturer of commercial and residential vinyl flooring, has supplied about 10,000m2 of its flooring for the new Women and Children’s Unit at the Royal Oldham hospital. The Pearlazzo PUR range was specified in a variety of colours. Pearlazzo PUR achieves a BRE A+ rating in major use areas such as healthcare and education. The company says the flooring was chosen as it can be welded at the seams and to coved skirtings to create continuous, impermeable surfaces that offer no sanctuary to dirt and bacteria. The firm adds that it is simple to clean.


Doors for new hospital

Specifier products

Curtain walling, windows and doors from architectural aluminium systems supplier Kawneer were specified for the new Victoria hospital in Kirkcaldy, Fife. The new wing features Kawneer’s AA110 dry-jointed curtain walling with 65mm sightlines on the “waveform” concave and convex main west elevation and on the courtyards. The courtyards also include Kawneer’s AA601 top-hung vents within the curtain walling and AA605 low/medium-duty swing doors. Kawneer’s AA602 horizontal pivot windows with trickle-vent latch facilities feature on all elevations, complemented by series 190 heavy-duty commercial entrance doors at several of the ground-floor entrances. The company says its products were chosen as they met all of the requirements of the performance specification and are aesthetically of a high standard.


Movers & makers

  • Alumasc has reduced delivery times across its range of rainwater products, which can be specified for projects in many sectors including healthcare. Standard “made to order” items such as Skyline flashings and copings with simple design requirements are now available within 10 working days rather than the previous 25. The firm says that more complex designs requiring special manufacture can also be turned around quickly, for which Alumasc’s technical department will confirm lead times on request.
  • Abloy UK has announced its Abloy Academy dates for 2013, with nine courses scheduled. The Academy is held at Abloy’s Willenhall factory in the West Midlands and the events are aimed at installers, security managers, specifiers and end-users. Courses range from hands-on training in electric and mechanical locks to specification seminars on security solutions for health and education facilities. For more information, visit www.abloy.co.uk/academy.
  • TE Connectivity, manufacturer of electronic connections for industries including automotive, energy and healthcare, has launched a regional website. Visitors can find TE Enterprise Networks’ products and solutions, and can download information such as brochures, specification sheets, case studies and videos from the knowledge centre. Visit the website here: www.te.com/enterprise-eu.
  • Lintel manufacturer Catnic has invested in a product development programme for its wide cavity lintel range, as well as thermal modelling software, training and improvements to its manufacturing facilities. The company says the thermally modelled wide cavity lintels will make it easy and cost-effective to design buildings to comply with Part L1A of the Building Regulations 2013.