Design in Mental Health 2018 event preview

Specialist glazing expertise

Crittall Fendor will showcase ‘Europe’s largest range of specialist mental health fenestration for high, medium, and low-security projects’, including its most popular sliding window, the CleanVent.

Based on the original Crittall Fendor

SlideVent external sliding window system – designed to provide maximum natural light and ventilation – the CleanVent incorporates glazing that can be cleaned quickly and easily behind the security mesh. It can be inward or outward- opening, affording the benefit of an external opening vent on ground floor windows, which enables cleaning without disturbing the service-

user. When used at higher floor levels an internal opening vent provides ease of access. The flush frame offers no ligature points, and is supplied with anti-ligature hardware as standard, while an additional feature – the Slipper Clutch – is an anti-ligature dial-shaped handle designed to withstand both misuse and normal wear and tear. When the opening vent is at its fullest extent it cannot be deliberately forced open further. The mechanism is engineered to ‘slip’ repeatedly no matter how often it is turned, and will only re-engage and operate normally if turned back in the opposite direction.

Another ‘year of innovation’ in prospect

Britplas says 2018 looks set to be ‘another year of innovation’ for it, with its latest window model, the Safevent Access, now available in uPVC.

Originally developed in aluminium, uPVC

prototypes were developed and tested throughout 2017, and the new window is now in production. The company said: “Working with our profile supplier, Eurocell, new dies have been cast to ensure that production capacity can match demand for the new Safevent Access. The product is already proving of interest to several of our mental health sector clients. The Access offers a high degree of flexibility for maintenance and ease of access, while

Protecting staff and service-users

A manufacturer and supplier of high quality alarm systems for over 35 years, Specialist Alarm Services (SAS) has ‘extensive experience in providing protection and safety for staff and service-users’. Its systems are widely uses throughout the

UK and across Europe in secure units and psychiatric homes, acute hospitals, CAMHS units, children’s homes, care and residential homes, and health centres.

SAS said: “Our Red-Alert II staff attack system and Network II nurse call system provide a reliable and effective way for staff to easily protect themselves in the event of an emergency, or for service-users to call for assistance. Staff attack alarm system users can summon assistance by activating a personal alarm transmitter. The alarm’s exact location is then immediately displayed on LCD indicator panels in key positions throughout the building, and/or portable devices such a pagers or smartphones.”

The ‘upgraded’ Red-Alert II staff alarm

platform offers ‘a variety of integration options’ into third-party safety systems such as CCTV and doortop alarms, plus ‘enhanced interfacing’ to alarm communication devices, including alarm messaging to smartphones over 4G or Wi-Fi.

Anti-vandal, anti-ligature nurse and patient call points, meanwhile, are available in wired or wireless options. SAS equipment offers connection onto the IP network for web-based alarm data logging, and connectivity for remote access. The company’s latest personal alarm devices will operate for over a year on a single battery charge, and automatically inform staff leaving a building without returning their device.


retaining industry-leading levels of robustness and natural ventilation.” Since its inception in 2006, Britplas has supplied and fitted over 40,000 Safevent windows to facilities worldwide.

CleanVent windows are available in steel and aluminium, have been tested by the NHS for medium and high security use, and can be supplied in single, double, triple, and acoustic- glazed versions.

Compact two-seater extends range

Pineapple Contracts says that, following the ‘tremendous success’ of its Skye tub chair, it has added a new model to the range.

It explained: “The two-seater Skye

offers the same contemporary design, bringing a smart, tailored appearance to enhance any challenging environment, with a relentless commitment to safety and durability. The angular shape lends a refined look, while the flat sides allow several pieces to be lined up without loss of space. The tapered base, ergonomically designed to help users stand by positioning their feet under their centre of gravity, is further enhanced via comfortable, tactile sloping arms. With fixed seat and back cushioning, the Skye is designed to minimise stashing opportunities, while its solid build down to the floor reduces the likelihood of weaponisation.

“With its compact design, it has a smaller overall footprint than an average two-seater. The plywood frame carries a reinforced seat platform as standard, with the heavyweight Skye Plus model offering full reinforcement throughout for more challenging environments.”

Incorporating a fire-retardant CMHR foam, the Skye two-seater is strength and stability tested for severe contract use to BS EN 16139:2013 level 2.

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