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34 PROJECT REPORT: RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS; APPOINTMENTS & COMPANY NEWS; STRUCTURAL ELEMENTS


Helping healthcare to heal G


EZE has launched ‘Helping Healthcare to Heal’ an initiative created to recognise that putting


patients at the centre of hospital, clinic and doctors’ surgery building design can help in the process of healing and recovery. Equipment and materials specified and installed within the building can actively contribute to and promote well-being. In creating the initiative GEZE looked at


addressing areas that encourage recovery and provide patient comfort: • Prevent environmental stresses such as noise from slamming doors or lack of privacy without creating barriers.


• Enable patients and residents to be as close to nature as possible through outdoor views, sufficient sunlight and fresh air.


• Give patients and residents a feeling of control by being offered opportunities to access outside spaces and move around safely and contact free, not feeling imprisoned but protected in the building.


There is more information available on the GEZE UK website or alternatively GEZE have produced a comprehensive brochure for the healthcare industry that looks at providing solutions for the hygiene, safety and well-being of not only patients but employees as well. It reviews each area of a healthcare building in detail identifying the issues of each, whether it is comfort, safety, hygiene, attractive design, sustainability, accessibility or fire safety and provides advice on overcoming them. It can be downloaded from the website or by contacting GEZE UK on marketing.uk@geze.com. Andy Howland, sales and marketing


director said “The Covid-19 pandemic has brought an intense focus on all aspects of


Going for gold with 220 lifts


The 200 m high, 58-storey Newfoundland apartment building, at the forefront of Canary Wharf, is the latest addition to the capital’s skyline, heralding the area’s move to the residential market. With prices starting at £1,928, a certain level of finish throughout the building is expected, and the lifts are no exception. Commercial decorating contractor E Poole wanted to create a gold effect on all 220 lifts, in keeping with the complex’s luxurious feel. To complete a project of such scale on a tight deadline, it was agreed to wrap the lifts with vinyl, with the work being awarded to Omnia Vinyl Ltd, a Swindon-based company specialising in lift car refurbishments. E Poole chose PA-046, from the 3M DI-NOC Architectural Finishes range, to create the desired effect, which was supplied by Architextural, part of the William Smith Group 1832, a leading supplier of self- adhesive films. The product’s ease of use and high-end feel meant the whole project was delivered two days ahead of the agreed 35-day accelerated programme, with a finish befitting such a prestigious address. Follow Architextural on Instagram at @_architextural


01833 690305 www.architextural.co.uk New 19mm collated flooring screw banishes squeaky floorboards for good!


Floor fitters and home owners alike will be all too familiar with the curse of squeaky floorboards. Time after time the culprit is the fasteners; nails working loose over time. While it’s well known that screws provide a tighter grip power by pulling the boards together, fitting 6mm plywood to underlay has long presented a dilemma. The conventional 25mm timber screws used to fasten flooring carry a risk of damaging underfloor electrical cables or puncturing water pipes. The alternative use of 19mm nails, however, can cause the plywood subfloor to lift from the floorboards. Construction products manufacturer Simpson Strong-Tie has developed an affordable solution: the groundbreaking new 19mm MTHZ19E collated underlayment screw. Designed for Quik Drive auto-feed screw system, the MTHZ19E allows fast and secure underlayment to subfloor installations, with a sharp point for fast start and a trim head for a neat finish. Fasteners Sales Manager Natalie Dixon explains: “This new shorter length alternative to traditional flooring screws prevents the tip from protruding through the floor boards when fixing 6mm plywood, making it a safer way to fix to subfloors.”


01827 255600 www.strongtie.co.uk


healthcare in the UK and as we look ahead it’s likely that its impact will continue for some sometime with long lasting changes to the building design of hospital and healthcare facilities. At GEZE we support clients and architects as they consider these design implications in new construction and refurbishments to existing buildings.”


01543 443000 www.geze.co.uk


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