The Queen Elizabeth University Hospital is currently the largest hospital building project in Europe.
Taking a total of five years to build, the hospital is expected to treat 750,000 patients – including 110,000 A&E patients – a year.
The Glasgow complex is divided into a children’s hospital and a larger adult’s hospital, comprising 30 operating theatres, a dedicated laboratory block and a helicopter landing pad.
Officially, it is the largest critical care complex in Scotland.
It is also Armstrong Ceilings’ largest off-cut recycling project – over 10,000 square metres of mineral ceiling tile off-cuts were diverted from landfill.
The project also featured elements from Armstrong’s service and systems portfolio. A variety of suspension and DryWall Grid systems were supplied, along with tiles for healthcare and acoustic purposes.
30,000 square metres of Armstrong’s Dune Supreme Tegular mineral tiles were installed on a Prelude 24mm grid for the first laboratory phase.
The installation was undertaken by Roskel Contracts, which Armstrong worked closely alongside to create mock-up areas of two sizes of the square-edged Bioguard Acoustic tiles.
Combining sound absorption and attenuation to IS05 levels with antimicrobial properties, the tiles were installed over two and a half years. In total, 110,000 square metres were fitted.
In addition, 140,000 square metres of Armstrong’s wall-to-wall ceiling systems were used at the new hospital, including pre-engineered aluminium perimeter solutions Axiom transitions, profiles and accessories.
In the cantilevered pods, a 100mm Axiom profile was paired with a tailored 225mm Axiom profile; these were riveted together to create a 325mm bulkhead/upstand at a custom length of 3.6m.
A variety of Armstrong’s suspension systems were also used on the project. These include:
Each system was fitted by PFP a year before tiling in order to reduce the damages to services in the ceiling void.
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