The use of an UZIN system has ensured more than 2000 square metres of flooring was renovated, without having to close down the Starlight Children’s Ward in Wythenshawe Hospital.
Wythenshawe Hospital provides hospital services and community services throughout South Manchester and beyond, with the Starlight Children’s Unit providing care for children aged 0-16 who need a hospital stay for medical treatment or surgery.
The floor at the Ward was in need of refurbishment, but it was ideal not to close down the ward so that crucial care could be continued throughout the overhaul.
It was imperative the renovation was quick, clean and caused as little disturbance as possible, so treatment provided by the hospital was not interrupted.
As well as this, Wythenshawe Hospital is dedicated to sustainability, so a low emission flooring installation was needed.
The Starlight Children’s Unit occupies more than 2000 square metres and the paediatric inpatient ward has capacity for 24 children with a mixture of beds and single cubicles, mostly with en-suite facilities.
Other facilities include a high dependency unit for up to two patients, a school room, an adolescent room, a sensory room and parents’ room. All the floors in these areas had to be renovated.
Diverse requirements led flooring contractor Momentum Flooring to work with both the hospital and UZIN to seek a solution.
UZIN’s unique product systems meant the new safety covering could be installed, with no need to remove the old floor.
Momentum Flooring also worked in stages, allowing areas within the ward to keep running, keeping disturbances to a minimum.
It also avoided any excessive dirt, dust and noise during the renovation, whilst all the UZIN products used have also been awarded an EC 1 plus certification for being completely solvent-free and meeting the requirements for occupational health and safety.
With Sigan 1 adhesive tape, the new vinyl safety flooring was applied directly onto the existing substrate after it was skimmed with UZIN NC 888 S feather coat and primed with Planus. Remur adhesive tape was also used to install all the vinyl skirting throughout the ward.
The new floor was ready for foot traffic immediately, which meant the wards could be used whilst the refurbishment took place. The old floor can be removed quickly and easily, with no residue or adhesive left behind.
The new floor was exceptionally well finished with intricate designs and patterns inserted into the floor, which has helped enhance the ward, conjuring a warm and welcome environment for children and parents alike.
Chris Keher, Director at Momentum Flooring Services Ltd, commented: “UZIN have the expertise and systems to help find a solution to any problem. The Sigan system allowed us to install the floor without closing down the ward.”
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