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Specialist fenestration solution for new mental health centre


Kingsley Green is a new £42 million, 86 bed mental health and learning disabilities centre in Radlett, Hertfordshire, commissioned by Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.


The facility, which includes one vulnerable adult ward, one learning disability ward and three acute wards, reflects international best- practice and was designed with the input of service users and carers to provide a supportive and recovery focused environment. It has lounges and quiet spaces where service users can relax, make themselves snacks and drinks, and meet visitors. The project required fenestration


solutions which would enhance the therapeutic environment within the building and also provide anti-ligature features and a good level of security to all areas without aesthetic distractions, whilst allowing for optimum ‘safe’ natural ventilation. Britplas was appointed as fenestration


supplier to the project due to its specialist product range and extensive experience in the mental health sector. The company’s Safevent window is widely specified in UK mental health facilities due to its unique characteristics of safety, ease of use and ability to provide good levels of natural ventilation


and fulfil aesthetic requirements and it was this window type which made up the majority of those installed at Kingsley Green. The Safevent is available in a wide variety


of types and finishes, including horizontal and vertical sliders and an electric version. The Kingsley Green project employed a combination of uPVC and aluminium varieties. Britplas also installed panoramic windows and glazed doors to the project, and even devised a bespoke anti-ligature pelmet for the windows. “Britplas demonstrated an excellent track


record in the mental health sector and were highly proactive in providing innovative and high quality solutions to the fenestration requirements of the Kingsley Green project,” commented Mike Trigg, Senior Project


About the project…


Project: Kingsley Green Adult Mental Health Unit.


Client: Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.


Main contractor: Geoffrey Osborne Limited and Medicinq Limited.


Location: Harper Lane, Shenley, Hertfordshire. Contract value: Approx £450k.


Products: uPVC and aluminium Safevent windows and door systems.


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Manager from main contractor Osborne. “Natural light and ventilation are vitally


important in therapeutic environments and can have a significant impact on a patient’s experience of care, as of course are safety considerations. Choosing the right fenestration partner is therefore crucial for projects such as the new Kingsley Green facility,” explained Neil Guest, Britplas Sales Manager. “Working closely many NHS Trusts and


private healthcare providers over the years has provided us with a good understanding of the requirements of the sector and the needs of service users and we continue to work closely with clients to find the optimum solutions for their projects.” The installation of the Kingsley Green


windows was completed in several phases by Britplas’ own teams of installers and started during summer 2013. Having been appointed as sole fenestration supplier in April 2013, the contract was completed in January 2014 with the new facility now in use.


Britplas


Unit 18 Kingsland Grange, Woolston, Warrington WA1 4RW, UK Tel: +44 (0) 1925 824317 Email: sales@britplas.com Web: www.britplas.com


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Photos courtesy of David Churchill


Photo courtesy of David Churchill


Photo courtesy of David Churchill


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