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51 Portakabin produces short film

Portakabin has produced a short film about how a highly complex, 4,200sqm ward and theatre building was constructed at Royal Stoke University Hospital in less than four months to help meet the increasing demand for orthopaedic services. The video is a fly through the £13.5 million building showing the clean

air theatres for all orthopaedic procedures, recovery room, ward bays and single en-suite rooms. It features interviews with a director of University of North Midlands NHS Trust. Robert Snook, director and general manager of Portakabin Hire Division, said: “We believe this project will really change perceptions about just what can be achieved with modular construction – in an extremely short timescale and on a highly constrained hospital site.”

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7 of the hospital as part of a £2.2 million ward improvement scheme. Forest fx PUR vinyl flooring range is a proven performer in busy healthcare environments as it is designed cope with the practical demands of wards with high levels of foot traffic. The collection features 14 realistic wood effect designs in a sheet format which can be welded at the seams to provide an impervious, hygienic surface.

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Wood effect flooring from Polyflor’s Forest fx PUR range was used to create an interior inspired by nature for the recently refurbished Ward 7 Greenlea Oncology Unit at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary. The Rustic Oak design from Polyflor’s Forest fx PUR range was fitted through- out the Chemotherapy and Oncology unit based in Ward 

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Abet Ltd is delighted to announce the arrival of Polaris, a new collection launched in the UK at the Architect@Work Show. Polaris is a revolutionary new product with a smooth and velvety touch which is highly resistant to shock, scratches, heat and fingerprints as well

as being anti-bacterial. The curious combination of durability and texture stem- ming from Abet Laminati’s stylistic and technical research gives Polaris a futuristic appeal. It leads the category of latest generation products by the company, serving as a sophisticated and durable reference point for inquisitive designers who seek unusual results. Polaris is the ideal choice for ultra-contemporary projects, delighting the senses with a pleasant and unique effect.

Pressalit Care’s rigorous weight testing regime

Pressalit Care’s washroom and sanitary ware is specifically designed to improve bathroom use for those with limited mobility. Its products, many of which can be adjusted vertically or horizontally for greatest flexibility, include shower seats, washbasins, arm rests

and handrails, with each put through the most rigorous testing procedures. The tests include three important elements as appropriate– dynamic, static and lateral. The Pressalit Care range complies with the requirements of DS/EN 12182:2012 and meets the demands for Part M packs where weight loadings are specified on standard components. The testing regime covers all potential points where users may rely on the products for full weight-bearing support. CMS Window Systems appointed on new £270 million Dumfries Hospital development     

CMS Window Systems has won a comprehensive building envelope contract valued circa £5 million to manufacture and install Kawneer curtain walling for the prestigious new 350-bed Dumfries & Galloway Hospital. CMS will manufacture Kawneer AA100 curtain walling for the main hospital building plus its three annexes, incorporating Kawneer AA720 system doors and a mix of pivot and casement windows. High performance sealed units manufactured by GLASSOLUTIONS will combine with the Kawneer aluminium systems to blend superb aesthetics with thermal and acoustic insulation, plus reliable solar control. Key to achieving this is the specification of COOL-LITE SKN 165 by Saint-Gobain Glass. CMS will also install around 500 sealed units featuring integral blinds, which represent an ideal solution for privacy in hospitals where cleanliness is vital but long term maintenance is a key consideration. The company has partnered with integral blinds specialist Morley Glass & Glazing who will supply the sealed units complete with Pellini interstitial blinds. Wards will be created on a 28 single room model, all of which will have en-suite facilities. This will provide improved privacy, dignity and confidentiality for patients, while reducing the risk of cross infection.

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This 194 patient psychiatric hospital in Slagelse, Denmark is characterised by innovation and a desire to construct a first class complex which supports patient care and recovery. Some of the most influential elements in any hospital are obviously the ceilings because so many bed-ridden people spend so much time looking at them. Consequently, Troldtekt ceiling panels in natural wood colour, with integral LED light fittings, have been used throughout, reducing noise and ensuring pleasant acoustics as well as a healthy indoor climate. Simplicity pervades the new complex, coupled with the recognition that good social architecture is based on classic ingredients such as light and shade, materials, colours and green landscape elements. For example and particularly dramatic is the central core with its large spiral staircases and the very large skylight which plunges daylight from the fourth floor to the ground. Danish manufactured Troldtekt acoustic tiles are specified throughout the UK and Europe and can be delivered as either FSC or PEFC certified panels. They are manufactured using 100 per cent natural wood fibres and their benefits are high sound absorption, high durability, natural breathability, low cost life cycle performance and sustainability. They are used to improve acoustics in many different projects, such as schools, leisure centres, pools, commercial and public buildings.

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