ADAPTS IN REPSONSE TO COVID A manufacturer of garden buildings has pivoted its product offering to meet the needs of COVID-19-restricted care homes during the pandemic.

As a result, the company has secured a contract to supply and install visitor pods at over 45 care homes across the


Nordic Garden Buildings manufacture and supply a range of garden rooms, summer houses and orangeries. During the first lockdown, they realised that their range could be adapted to allow safe visiting in care homes.

The PVC-u and glass pods allow for separate entrances for visitors and residents and are fitted with the necessary screening and a speaker system to allow families to communicate without the risk of virus transmission.


Door furniture manufacturer P-Wave provides antimicrobial and anti-bacterial door handle solutions, effective against bacteria and viruses.

One of the biggest challenges in any building is keeping regularly- touched surfaces, or

‘hotspots’ clean and free from bacteria and viruses. Door furniture is among the ‘most-touched’ of all hotspots in business premises, and is one of the fastest ways for infections and viruses to spread. The typical handle in a public toilet is home to up to 40,000 germs per square inch, and standard handles are without doubt the largest carrier of healthcare associated infections.

Keeping surfaces clean can only ever be a temporary measure as each person who touches a door handle transfers new bacteria, which multiplies and spreads to other users. Traditional stainless steel or painted handles increase the spread of infections by providing an area for transmission to occur, creating more carriers.

P-Wave’s Steri-Core antimicrobial silver ion technology door furniture helps to reduce the spread of bacteria and viruses. Tested and proven effective against MRSA, E-Coli, Salmonella and Norovirus, the products feature a high concentration of antimicrobial, which is blended with the polymer during the manufacturing process and forms part of the molecular structure of the product. This ensures that the silver Ion technology is active all the way through to the core of the

The company has secured a contract with a national care home group to supply 45 pods, as well as numerous orders from individual care homes.

Speaking about the contracts, Director of Nordic Garden Buildings, Justin Williams, said: “Our business is all about providing flexible living spaces, most typically in peoples’ gardens.

“We had seen an increase in demand for home offices as a result of people being urged to work from home. And, when we started reading about the impact the pandemic was having on care home visiting, we had that lightbulb moment and realised that this was something we could play a positive role in.

“Being able to visit loved ones in a safe space is providing a huge boost to care home residents and brings peace of mind to family members. It’s a win-win and we are delighted to be playing a part in this, especially as many will be wanting to visit their loved ones in care homes this Christmas.”

An added benefit for the care home sector of using the garden pods for visiting is that visitors are able to access the pod without having to walk through any communal areas in the home.

handles. So, unlike coated products or films, even if they become scratched or damaged, Steri-Core handles will continue to kill pathogens effectively for the life of the product, and each handle has a 10-year manufacturer guarantee.

To withstand heavy usage, the handles are one-piece injection- moulded from strong polymer material with rounded edges and no joints or joins. 100% recyclable and scratch and water resistant, the unique material will not rust, unlike standard metal handles. Available in two widths (75mm or 100mm), in blue, black or grey/silver, the handles are fire rated and UV and fade resistant, making them perfect for indoor and outdoor use.

The non-porous polypropylene material stops dirt embedding and staining the surface, making the removal of dirt and bacteria easier compared with traditional materials. The material used in the Steri-Core products enables quick, effective all-over cleaning using detergents, steam cleaning, and chlorine disinfectants (BS EN 12720:2009).

Patents have been granted for the range and independent tests prove that P-Wave’s Steri-Core products are made from the world’s only material clinically proven to kill the non-enveloped EPA FCA Strain F9 of Human Norovirus (ISO 22196:2011). P-Wave is currently awaiting results of tests to prove that its Steri-Core products are also effective against Coronavirus, which – according to the American Chemistry Council – is an enveloped virus and easier to kill than non- enveloped viruses.

Mark Wintle, Sales and Marketing Manager at P-Wave, said: “P-Wave’s P-Hold Steri-Core, P-Plate Steri-Core and P-Lever Steri-Core not only provide a high level of protection against virus transmission, but also save money over many alternatives.

“This solution avoids the regular and costly replacement of antibacterial covers or films as well as their ongoing maintenance. We are delighted to be making a positive, and affordable, contribution to keeping people safe.” - 9 -

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