A £22m construction programme to expand intensive care facilities is progressing apace despite COVID disruption, as a result of an ‘impressive’ performance by Gilberts Blackpool.
The UK’s leading supplier of air movement solutions has completed the supply and installation of 11 banks of screening and ventilation louvres on the façade of the new five-storey extension for University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust.
The project, with main contractor BAM (who built the original hospital 45 years ago), was completed within the agreed timescales, despite limitations affecting site access and operative working practice as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Bertie Green, BAM Senior Project Surveyor, commented: “BAM has been impressed with Gilberts’ on- site performance, particularly ensuring labour was available despite the COVID disruptions. The client and design team have given very positive feedback on the quality of the installation.”
Gilberts created louvre screens almost 415m x 3.5m high from its WGK75 kitform louvre system, while integrated removable panels and doors have allowed maintenance access to the fifth-storey plantroom.
Solid insulated panels behind the louvres across much of the additional four levels of façade have helped to maintain high levels of thermal performance for the 22 ICU bed space healthcare facility below.
Additionally, a WHC high performance deep channel louvre screen with fire dampers was fitted at plant room level.
Interaction with the cladding contractor to address interface details further enabled Gilberts to deliver a smooth external appearance, despite some of the louvres having to be fitted around ductwork.
The unique clip-on blade arrangement of the WGK kit system facilitated the erection of such large banks, whilst allowing for on-site adjustment to ensure the seamless fit and recognisable louvre profile. At least 50% free ventilation area is provided to screened plant.
Southampton is the latest in a line of prestige screening projects undertaken by Gilberts. The back catalogue includes Papworth Hospital and National Composites Centre, University of Ulster and No 1 Court at Wimbledon aka the All England Lawn Tennis Club.
The WGK louvre system is part of the comprehensive range of factory and site assembled louvres from Gilberts, which has a heritage of pioneering commercial ventilation solutions that stretches back 60 years.
Gilberts of Blackpool,
Phone: 01253 766911
Fax: 01253 767941
There are a range of initiatives that are encouraging manufacturers and specifiers to think about how they work and the products they use – one manufacturer championing these is Danish wood wool panel manufacturer Troldtekt.Posted in Articles, Building Industry News, Building Products & Structures, Building Regulations & Accreditations, Building Systems, Research & Materials Testing, Sustainability & Energy Efficiency, Timber Buildings and Timber Products, Walls, Wooden products
Hush Acoustics make the argument, in this article, that the COVID-19 pandemic has made us rethink whether our homes are fit for purpose…Posted in Acoustics, Noise & Vibration Control, Articles, Building Industry News, Building Products & Structures, Building Services, Ceilings, Floors, Interior Design & Construction, Interiors, news, Restoration & Refurbishment, Retrofit & Renovation, Walls
REHAU has announced the extension of an exclusive stormwater management deal with Hydro International for the UK and Ireland.Posted in Articles, Building Industry News, Building Products & Structures, Building Regulations & Accreditations, Building Services, Drainage Services, Drainage, Guttering, Soffits & Fascias, Posts
Sandtex Trade’s X-Treme X-Posure® masonry paint has helped transform a 100-year-old warehouse into both an atmospheric furniture store and a cosy new coffee shop.Posted in Articles, Building Industry News, Building Products & Structures, Case Studies, Damp & Waterproofing, Interior Design & Construction, Interiors, Paints, Paints, Coatings & Finishes, Restoration & Refurbishment, Retrofit & Renovation