Ceiling products installed as part of £150m revamp
Lister Hospital, Stevenage, has undergone a £150m major redevelopment of its entire site including building extensions and the refurbishment of many of its existing facilities.
Lead healthcare director at AD Architects, Jim Haigh, selected Knauf AMF Ceilings to help deliver on cleanliness, hygiene, aesthetics and acoustics.
Haigh explains the vision for the project was ‘to externally produce a family of individual buildings with common features such as materials, textures, colours and proportions’. He added: “Internally we wanted buildings that provide the highest standards of care available on the NHS.”
Thermatex Alpha and Thermatex Aquatec ceilings were fitted in most of the new buildings including the ward block, emergency department, fracture clinic, and other service areas. The Knauf AMF ceilings comply with the Government’s Health Technical Memorandum (HTM) , which provides best practice guidance on the design and planning of new healthcare buildings and the extension of existing facilities.
Thermatex Alpha ceilings are installed throughout the two-storey ward block. The high sound-absorbing properties of the ceilings improve the acoustics in the wards by reducing the noise of voices, footsteps and trolleys moving on the hard floors, coming in from adjacent corridors and rooms. By keeping the ward areas quiet, Thermatex Alpha ceilings play a critical role in creating a calm atmosphere, which aids the speedy recuperation of patients.
Spaces with lots of natural light and low glare are known to help convalescence. The new wards are designed to be light and airy with plenty of space for staff, visitors and patients. The Thermatex Alpha ceilings improve these good lighting conditions. The tiles’ white surface has a high light reflectance of up to 88% which reflects the natural daylight into the rooms, reducing the need for artificial light. The smooth and elegant finish of the tiles creates an attractive look throughout the building.
Thermatex Aquatec ceilings were specified for the areas of the hospital requiring moisture control to prevent the growth of fungi and bacteria. Thermatex Aquatec offers moisture resistance of up to 100% RH which means that, even in areas with permanently high humidity and temperatures up to 40˚C, the tiles remain stable. The ceilings are easy to wipe clean, requiring just water. Aquatec tiles are available with Hygena anti-microbial surface treatment to meet the strict hygiene requirements of health care and kitchen environments.
The Aquatec ceilings were fitted with a Ventatec grid system. This simple-to-install system makes it easy to remove and reinstate the tiles when access is required to the services above.