Specifier Review


Construction Specialties’ (C/S) advanced internal protection systems have been specified as part of the Barts and The London New Hospitals Redevelopment Scheme being undertaken by Skanska which is the UK’s largest and most complex hospital redevelopment programme to date. Once complete, the state-of-the-art healthcare facilities will be among the best and most prestigious in Europe, with first rate interior environments that reflect the quality of its clinical care.


Hospitals in the trust that will benefit from the redevelopment include St Bartholomew’s (Barts) and The Royal London. C/S and its in-house installation team, Conspec Contracts, have provided and installed a bespoke range of solutions in both hospitals to meet the highest hygienic, disability and sustainability criteria.

The New Hospitals project is being carried out in phases. At St Barts Phase 1, which is now complete, included the construction of the new Cancer Centre of Excellence. As part of phase two, the second half of the hospital is currently being developed and will accommodate the Cardiac Centre of Excellence.

Phase 1 works at The Royal London Hospital are still under way with Conspec Contracts due to complete the installation of C/S products on the project in June. The new hospital will house the HQ of the London Air Ambulance, one of the UK’s largest children’s hospitals and one of Europe’s largest Renal Units and will open in spring 2012. Global completion of Barts and The London is due in Spring 2016.

Ian Dodds, Project Director at Skanska explained: “We worked closely with architect HOK International to ensure that the project’s internal finishes would meet the highest possible standards in hygiene, as well as have a durable and sustainable finish that would stand up to the rigours of day-to-day life in different areas of the hospital. Having worked with C/S previously, we knew the company would supply us with a range of solutions that would more than deliver.

“C/S’s installation team, Conspec Contracts installed the interior solutions with speed and ease. It is a real benefit to be able to rely on a team that has an in-depth knowledge of the products and their performance capabilities.”

C/S products that have been specified for the whole PFI project include Acrovyn impact protection, Wallglaze hygienic coatings, Pedisystems entrance matting and Allway expansion joint covers.

From the Acrovyn range, a selection of profiles and sheeting has been used to meet the protection requirements of different hospital areas. Two rows of CR200 crashrails were installed in FM areas and disposal holds to protect the walls from the impact caused by heavily laden trolleys. Part M compliant HR6CS handrails and CR200 crashrails were used in the main circulation areas, while HR6CS handrails and TP200 rub rails where installed in reception areas. Patient bedrooms, recovery areas and pre-operational areas featured BL300M vertical bed locators while SM20 and SM20 135° corner guards and Acrovyn sheeting were used throughout the hospitals.

Wallflex hygienic coating from the Wallglaze range was applied in operating theatres and anaesthetic rooms because of its durability, ease of maintenance and anti-microbial properties, which remain effective for the whole life of the product.

Pedigrid entrance matting was specified for all hospital entrances to provide efficient dirt and moisture removal. In addition, at The Royal London Allway Wall Expansion Joint Covers were installed on either side of the link bridge joining the two main hospital towers.

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