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Oldham Gets Lifted With Carea

Leader in cladding systems, Carea, has helped to provide a striking façade to the £20million flagship Integrated Care Centre (ICC) in Oldham by providing its ever popular and highly attractive Acantha cladding panels.

Designed by Dane Ashworth Cottam Architects, the building has been created for Oldham PCT (Primary Care Trust) under the NHS LIFT (Local Improvement and Finance Trust) initiative. Established by the Department of Health in 2001, NHS LIFT is designed to stimulate investment in modern integrated primary and other community based services.

The building has been built by main contractor Carillion, experts in healthcare and one of the largest delivery partners for the NHS LIFT scheme. At 115 feet tall, the 10 storey building is a focal point on Oldham’s skyline. In keeping with this, it features Carea cladding in combination with other renders and textures to create a unique exterior fitting for such a prominent civic building.

As a public building, it was necessary that not only did the building exemplify the best in design, but that it offer low maintenance and was highly sustainable – to the extent of holding a BREEAM Excellent rating. Carea cladding offers high insulation performance, helping the building to reach the standard of thermal efficiency expected of it. Also, as the cladding panels – made from cutting edge composite developed over thirty years by Carea’s expert technicians – consist of around 95% minerals, they are a highly sustainable material and can be recycled at the end of their useful life.

Once installed, Carea’s high performance panels offer a range of benefits. Crucially for a healthcare building, they hold superb acoustic insulation. This ensures tranquillity within the Oldham centre.

Available in a range of sizes, colours and textures, Carea cladding offers superb economy to users. Easily and quickly installed, minimising labour costs, they are also especially low maintenance and can be easily cleaned. Due to their non-porous composition, they are highly resistant to the climate and graffiti.

Vertical cladding supports from Eurofox Engineering were specified to hold the cladding panels in place. Made from aluminium – enhancing sustainability – these supports were complemented by insulation, ensuring an effective hung ventilated façade.

Carea panels are supplied with their own specially designed horizontal rails to fit vertical supports such as those provided by Eurofox Engineering. With precisely routed grooves on the top and bottom of the panels, they fit exactly into the rails. This allows them to be easily fixed in place for a seamless and tightly fitting exterior.

Now complete, the centre provides a wide range of services including five GP practices, outpatient services, minor surgery, orthoptics, therapy facilities and children’s services. The first of four centres to be built, it has achieved its goal of creating civic presence whilst offering essential services to the community. With an outstanding façade courtesy of Carea, it will be a central feature of Oldham’s skyline for years to come.

Rockfon helps revive historic London hospitals

Barts is Britain’s oldest hospital, opened in 1123, while the Royal London Hospital dates back to 1740. These two historic hospitals are now undergoing a 10-year, £1 billion redevelopment, which is being undertaken by Skanska under one of the largest ever PPP projects in Europe.

Unique Hospital opts for Tarkett Flooring Solutions

Pembury Hospital is a new £230 million facility built for the Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust. It is unique in the UK as the only major general hospital with a fully admitting A&E to offer all inpatient accommodation in single en-suite bedrooms. The 512 bed hospital also includes a new Women’s and Children’s Centre and a full complement of clinical and support services.

Tarkett was selected to provide all the vinyl and safety flooring to the scheme, which has amounted to over 65,000m2 so far. The majority of circulation areas, inpatient rooms, and main departments have been fitted with Tarkett iQ Granit flooring, while Tarkett Safetred Dimension has been used in the en-suite facilities, and staff and visitor toilets. Safetred Aqua also features in wetroom facilities where its exceptional wet area slip resistance provides added protection for patients.

Dave Barnfield, Operations Manager for Tyndale Flooring noted: “Tarkett products were specified because of their superiority and durability for a modern day Acute Hospital. The flooring installation programme was a challenge from the outset, but we fully endorsed and implemented the main contractor’s philosophy of zero tolerance with regards to installation. Early planning and detailing, combined with our quality installers laying the product, created a snag free environment and resulted in a superior finish throughout.”

iQ Granit is part of Tarkett’s highly successful iQ Range, offering the best life cycle costs on the market together with outstanding quality, performance and design characteristics. Made from high-quality raw materials, iQ Granit features a 3rd generation PUR surface reinforcement that guarantees no wax or polish will ever be needed. The exclusive construction of iQ Granit also enables Unique Surface Restoration whereby it is possible to fully restore the flooring surface to its original appearance and properties with simple dry buffing, giving extreme longevity and minimising maintenance costs. The iQ PUR means iQ flooring requires only minimal maintenance. This not only eases the burden on cleaning staff, but also reduces the consumption of water, detergents and energy when cleaning.

Tarkett’s Safetred Dimension is another popular decorative flooring for healthcare environments, where slip resistance is a key factor in helping prevent falls and further injury amongst already fragile and often unsteady patients. It is particularly suited to areas that are prone to becoming wet, such as toilets and bathrooms. All Tarkett’s Safetred ranges offer sustainable R10 slip resistance, meeting the manufacturing standard EN 13845. The addition of Safety Clean PUR reinforcement ensures ease of cleaning and maintenance, and since this PUR surface treatment is also reinforced with slip resistant granules, in addition to those in the wear layer, it provides lasting performance.

A major requirement on this project was the reduction of waste and recycling including all packaging, vinyl off-cuts and wrapping. Tarkett organised regular collections of all vinyl waste, off-cuts and roll-ends, which were taken for reprocessing into new flooring. Roll cores, bung ends and packaging were also removed from site.

The new Pembury Hospital, constructed by Laing O’Rourke, has been developed to fit with the local rural setting, with 85% of inpatient rooms having woodland views. Phase I of the project is now open and the remainder of the facility is due for completion later in 2011.