High performance showers’anti-ligature features

Horne Engineering’s ‘Care’ shower panels are specifically designed for hospitals, mental healthcare facilities, elderly, extra, and dementia care settings, and for disability access and Changing Places facilities.

A high-performance, healthcare-rated, thermostatic shower valve is integrated into the robust aluminium panel. Horne says ‘high quality components and mechanical design ensure easy operation of the riser mechanism and controls – even for users with limited hand mobility’. The riser mechanism bears a black dot for contrast and to aid visibility, while the riser rail can double as a supportive grab-bar. A bimodal option, pictured, available with BS 8300-compliant levers, or with tapered ligature-resistant controls, caters for users with varying assistance or supervision needs. Able-bodied users and those not requiring supervision can operate the shower in Mode A, where warm water is delivered via the fixed, ligature-resistant showerhead at the top of the panel. For Mode B, a hose and handset can be temporarily connected to the secondary outlet at the side; the water flow automatically diverts to the handset for assisted showering. Building Regulations Doc M compliance can be fully achieved by pairing the bimodal lever shower with a wall-mounted riser rail.

Bespoke windows, doors, and curtain walling

Polar has designed, fabricated, and installed specialist and bepsoke healthcare windows, doors, and curtain walling products, for Atherleigh Park, a new £40 m inpatient mental healthcare facility in Leigh, Lancashire for adults suffering with mental health, dementia, and memory conditions.

The company installed over 100 of its ‘Humber Secure’ healthcare windows across the site. It said: “These ‘reduced ligature’ windows provide high levels of safety and security, allow for comparatively high levels of natural light and air flow, and can allow complete patient functionality.” The facility’s courtyards are accessible to service-users, but posed potential ligature risks, meaning that ‘unique design’ solutions were required. Various ‘anti-climb’ options were offered, and samples which included the

following features issued for approval: l Anti-climb frames needed to be fully openable for maintenance of the window behind.

l The system needed to be fully flush to the external wall finish, so the position of the frames in the reveal was considered.

l External curtain wall face caps were sloped, and intermediate transoms removed where possible, to eliminate the climb risk.

Additionally, trickle ventilation was integrated into the Polar Secure windows (and indeed is now a feature of these ranges) to allow night- time airflow into bedrooms; a specific requirement of the Trust and hospital, which Polar has now used at various other sites across the country.

Bigger blast protection for people and property

With terrorist threats ever-present and increasing, the JLC Group has developed its own-design and manufactured ‘blast enhanced’ sliding door systems, which it says ‘are 30% larger than other comparable systems, for higher traffic levels’. The company said: “The new JLC doors

provide at least the same level of protection as smaller door systems. The competence- tested and certified doors combine the convenience and functionality of fully automated, glazed sliding doors, with fully tested blast-proofing.” The ‘smart, safe, and secure’ JLC blast- enhanced doors are designed to be resistant to both intentional and accidental blasts, reducing the significant hazards of shattered glass and other debris that can pose a risk to life. They comply with, and have been comprehensively tested to, the ISO 16933:2007 EXV25 standard, which

‘Magic table’ available in the UK

Tovertafel (meaning ‘Magic Table’ in Dutch), a system that projects interactive light animations onto any table to create games for people with moderate to severe dementia and adults with severe learning disabilities, ‘to encourage them to instinctively participate to stimulate both physical and social activity’, is now available in the UK.

It was developed by Utrecht-based games designer for people living in residential care, Active Cues, working closely with dementia care facilities, based on a concept from Dutch PhD

researcher, Hester Le Riche. The system was brought to the UK by John Ramsay, a former corporate lawyer at Linklaters, who, having cared for his father whose own dementia journey started when John was just 12, co-founded socially responsible company, Shift 8, ‘to improve the lives of those living with dementia’, with friend, Mehdi Bedioui. Active Cues describes the Tovertafel as ‘a little box that can be mounted on the ceiling, for instance, above the dining room table of a care institute’. Inside is a projector, infrared sensors,

a speaker, and a processor, that work together to project the games onto the table. Active Cues said: “Because the colourful

objects respond to hand and arm movements, residents get to play with the light itself.”


‘provides a structured procedure to determine the blast resistance of glazing, and sets forth the required apparatus, procedures, specimens, requirements, and guidelines, for conducting arena blast tests’. For operational efficiency, the sliding doors meet all other relevant safety requirements, including BS EN 16005. Automatic sensors instantly detect any obstruction to immediately stop and reverse the doors and meet DDA requirements.

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