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Drewsons Mechanical Services Provides Specialist Ventilation For Durlston Ward

Drewsons Mechanical Services Provides Specialist Ventilation For Durlston Ward

Drewsons Mechanical Services, part of the Bournemouth-based Drewitt Group, has recently completed a contract at Poole Hospital to provide specialist ventilation within Durlston and paediatric wards.

The Durlston Ward cares for both adults and teenagers from the age of 19 years with various malignant disorders, and specialises in haemato-oncology and stem cell transplantation.

Work carried out by Drewsons Mechanical Services has included the installation and maintenance of a specialist ventilation unit that also manages the air pressure for carrying out intricate procedures such as bone marrow transplants. This includes:

  • Maintaining a positive air pressure in the ward to avoid ingress of foreign airborne contaminants
  • Regulate temperature – both heating and cooling
  • Three stage air filtration to clean the air before it reaches the ward
  • Remote web based monitoring of all controls and configuration
Richard Drewitt, managing director of The Drewitt Group, said: “The work of the Durlston Ward is so important for the community and to be able to assist the day to day running is something that we’re immensely proud of.

“We have worked alongside Poole Hospital to ensure that the solutions we provide are the perfect match to its needs and ensure that both the treatments and everyday life of patients is as comfortable as possible.”

Drewsons Mechanical Services was formed in 2011 and is a subsidiary of James Drewitt & Son Ltd. It has grown steadily over the years with a variety of works including simple response repairs of leaking taps to large scale contracts covering full heating installations, replacements of sanitary ware and general plumbing, heating, ventilation and air conditioning works.


 
Lighting Industry Academy continues to develop the lighting community’s bright and exciting future

Lighting Industry Academy continues to develop the lighting community’s bright and exciting future

Since its launch last year, over 600 students have passed through the Academy’s doors. If you’re unsure how the Academy could help you achieve your personal or professional ambitions, take a look at the NEW autumn schedule.

The academy offers the widest selection of learning related to the lighting industry, which now includes the first ever Higher National Certificate (HNC) and Higher National Diploma (HND) in lighting being taught in the UK in partnership with the University of South Wales (USW).

Further to these industry defining Higher Education qualifications, the Academy has a portfolio encompassing the full breath of the industry, with courses to benefit the whole lighting community.

The LIA Certificate is the industry recognised suite of learning designed for those embarking on a career in lighting, also those in the industry looking to further develop their skills and knowledge.

Standards and Legislation, covers the key topics that impact and govern the lighting community, including BSEN 60598, with edition 7 being withdrawn in October, are you ready?

Energy Efficient Lighting, introduces the skills and understanding of the opportunities presented by new energy efficient lighting and controls technology.

Our Lighting Design Software courses are designed to suit various levels of experience and incorporate the latest changes to the software.

The Academy has become a hub for the development and delivery of high-quality learning. Above is just a taster of where the Academy can take you

With the courses taught by some of the most knowledgeable and respected names in the industry, most of whom now have recognised teacher status by USW.

So whether you simply want to refresh your knowledge or develop new skills for the future, find the course for you and we will see you in the autumn.


 
Axis Security wins new three-year contract at Stockley Park

Axis Security wins new three-year contract at Stockley Park

Axis Security, one of the UK’s fastest growing manned guarding businesses, has been awarded a further three-year contract term by MJ Mapp at Stockley Park, a 155-acre commercial park that was transformed in the mid 1980s and is now widely regarded as the foremost development on the ‘West London Corridor’.

Stockley Park was a visionary out-of-town business development that has been replicated not only in the UK but throughout mainland Europe. Tenants on the park include many household names such as Marks & Spencer, Apple, Canon, IMG, Lucozade Suntory, MSC Cruise Management and SHARP.

Stockley Park is adjoined by first class amenities that are available to all their occupiers and visitors including restaurants, coffee shops, bars, shopping and a health club. The business park also neighbours a premier golf course, and the country park provides easy access to open space.

The security contract comprises a team of 19 security personnel patrolling the park by vehicle, golf buggy, bicycle and on foot. These are designed to reassure the safety and security of the tenants and visitors to the park. The team is supported by a dedicated management structure to consistently drive standards through training, development and innovation.

“Axis Security was clearly ahead of its competitors during the tender process in terms of innovation, added value and the professional approach that it committed to during the new contract term,” said Pieter Borchardt, Park Director. “We are delighted to continue our partnership with them for the foreseeable future.”

David Mundell, Axis Security’s Managing Director added: “Having provided security at Stockley Park since 2008, we are extremely pleased to have been re-awarded a further contract term. It is further testament to the service provided by both the park security team and by our extensive back office support functions that support day-to-day operations.” 


 
Altro Solution Brings Life To Design-Led Hull Birth Centre

Altro Solution Brings Life To Design-Led Hull Birth Centre

A complete floors and walls solution from Altro has been used to create a relaxing, stylish and home from home environment for mums-to-be in a new birth centre at Hull Women and Children’s Hospital.

The new midwife-led Fatima Allam Birth Centre has been designed to meet the needs of women who want a more natural childbirth experience. It comprises three birthing rooms, each individually designed to create a homely and relaxed feel in beautiful surroundings, while also providing a safe, hygienic environment. 

The rooms feature a birthing bed, birthing pool, ensuite bathroom and additional equipment, which is cleverly concealed within hidden wall panelling.

The design vision for the Fatima Allam Birth Centre was to create an environment that looked entirely non-clinical, a home from home for mums-to-be; relaxing, calm, very contemporary in its design and a tranquil haven in which to experience this life-changing event.

Andrew Ledger, contracts manager for Apleona, which provides facilities management for the building, oversaw the new construction and was part of the team that devised the overall concept of the birth centre.  

“We had a very specific idea of what we wanted the centre to look like, and how we wanted it to function,” Andrew says. “As a midwife-led unit, a relaxed and homely atmosphere was essential, however a priority was of course infection control, hygiene, durability and quality. We specified Altro floors and walls from the start because we are using these products elsewhere in the hospital with a great deal of success. They meet all our clinical hygiene and infection control needs, while also offering a superb range of colours and textures, which makes them ideal for creating a modern and stylish environment. The quality and durability of Altro is a major factor too because, as a PFI project, the long-term cost is under close scrutiny.”

Professional artist and designer Adele Howitt, from Studio Eleven Gallery & Workshop in Hull, won a commission from the hospital to design the interior concept for the new birth centre. She provided various colour ways, materials, and themes, to inspire the team. The colour palette was agreed and a range of approved products to work with, including Altro floors and walls.

Altro Whiterock Digiclad™ is ideal for creating the right impression with a bespoke design on your wall. From a calming coastal landscape in a hospital ward to a bold company logo in a reception area, the only limit is your imagination. Altro Whiterock Digiclad is created by reproducing a photographic image or vector art on to Altro Whiterock wall sheet, with consistent, photographic quality. Hard-coat technology provides scratch-resistant properties for added surface protection, making Altro Whiterock Digiclad ideal for areas where durability is important.

Adele chose Altro Whiterock Satins™ for the shower rooms. She says “It has some wonderful shades, and the subtle, sheer texture is very stylish.”

Altro Whiterock Satins is a versatile and sophisticated hygienic walls system available in a range of solid, decorative, satin shades – from soothing and healing through to bright and energetic. It provides all the impact resistance and hygiene you would expect from Altro Whiterock, with a stain-resistant, wipe-clean surface.

Flooring for the birth centre was key to creating the homely, non-clinical feel. Andrew Ledger and the project team wanted natural, warm, wood-effect flooring and chose Altro Wood™ for the three bedrooms and corridors. 

Andrew and his team also specified a way-finding system for the new centre to help those with partial sight and dementia. The system comprises a border of Altro WalkwayTM 20 safety flooring in black fitted around the edge of all the floors in the bedrooms and corridors.

Andrew says: “This system is very effective and it also helps to limit damage from trolleys and medical equipment because it encourages people away from the walls. We are rolling it out for all our new builds. Wet areas in clinical environments need to be very safe underfoot, so we chose Altro Pisces safety flooring for both the shower rooms and around the birthing pool. This flooring performs superbly in both wet or dry conditions, and with bare feet or shoes, so it’s perfect for keeping both patients and staff safe. Altro Pisces also looks good enough to work within our design themes and there are some great colours.”

Altro Pisces™ performs whether wet or dry, in shoes or barefoot, and offers 16 soft-look shades. The result is the consistent, soft appearance that you would want from domestic interiors, with the lifetime sustained slip resistance you expect from Altro safety flooring.

The flooring was installed in the Fatima Allam Birth Centre by Floorcovers UK. Partner Phil Morris said: “We have installed a great deal of Altro flooring in the hospital over the years, so we were delighted that it was specified for this new birth unit. For quality and reliability Altro is the best, and they are a pleasure to work with.

The Altro wall sheet was fitted by Richardson Claddings. Owner Joe Richardson comments: “The majority of work we do is in healthcare and we install a lot of Altro Whiterock, so we are accustomed to working in sensitive clinical areas, and in this hospital too.

“The beauty of the Altro walls system is that it is so quiet, easy and clean to install. Altro sends the sheets to us ready-cut, which means minimal cutting or shaping on site. So we were able to work very quickly and quietly around the live ward. All the on-site trades worked closely with the hospital and we had a very tight and closely monitored works programme. The hospital staff were very helpful and understood all our challenges.”

The project's main contractor was CTS Shopfitting Ltd. Account manager Adrian Cartwright said: "This was a very exciting design-led project, which required a great deal of co-operation from everyone. The sensitive nature of the build, plus the proximity of the works to the wards meant it was essential to work as quietly, cleanly and quickly as possible to cause minimal disruption. A very successful result and a fantastic facility.”

Andrew Ledger says: “The new centre has been a huge success. From a design point of view, it looks fantastic and completely meets the brief we set out. The compliments and feedback we have received from everyone who has been here have been tremendous. 

“We get a lot of medical professionals visiting from around the world and they say the centre is the best of its kind they have seen anywhere, which is a wonderful endorsement and makes us very proud of what we have achieved. Most importantly, the mothers who have given birth here are thrilled with it too, and we have received thousands of positive comments. There really isn’t a more beautiful or peaceful place to give birth. For the midwives, it’s a dream come true; a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere they love to work in, where they can control the environment and provide a very special level of care.

“The Altro floors and walls solution is key to the overall look, form and function of the birth unit. It looks superb and very striking. Adele has used the products very effectively to create schemes and designs that are both subtle and powerful. From a more practical angle, the Altro wall sheet provides a tough, hardwearing surface. We are very impressed that in the shower rooms the walling overlaps the flooring to prevent water ingress, which would prove very expensive to rectify. After each birth, the rooms are completely disinfected and cleaned, and the Altro floors and walls are proving very easy to maintain. We are delighted with this amazing facility. It’s very much a team effort, everyone from the clinical team to the suppliers, designer and installers understood what we wanted to create and worked together to bring the vision to life.”


 
METSEC PROVIDES OFFSITE SOLUTION FOR NEW SCHOOL

Metsec provides offsite solution for new school

Palmerston School, based in Liverpool, provides education to 11-19 year olds with profound learning difficulties. Palmerston identified a need for a new school building as staff and pupils were hampered by the lack of outdoor space and modern learning facilities. The former Aigburth High secondary school site was selected on which to construct its new £7m facility.

The new T-shaped single storey building includes a sports and dining hall plus a new hydrotherapy and splash pool together with sensory learning spaces. There is also a five-a-side football pitch and four-lane grass running track around the pitch perimeter. The project started in April 2016 and is due for completion summer 2017 when pupils will move from the existing location in Woolton to Minehead Road in the Aigburth area of Liverpool.

Early Stages

Originally planned as a timber frame construction, the main contractor asked voestalpine Metsec plc to review the school design and see whether a load bearing steel frame solution (SFS) could be offered. Taking a consultative approach, Metsec was able to advise the main contractors on the layout, and worked in conjunction with installers, local company Mark One.

As the first tier 2 designer and manufacturer certified to BIM Level 2 for Design and Construction in the UK by the BSI, Metsec used its BIM capabilities within the design stages to provide detailed plans and costings. Metsec was required on-site from the start of the project, completing the steel framing in the summer of 2016.

Designing the SFS solution for Palmerston School using Revit, Metsec attended regular main contractor team meetings with the BIM model, allowing any issues to be resolved in advance of the build. By using BIM, the project benefitted from a reduced timing programme and no waste, both providing subsequent cost savings.

Design Requirements

The blueprint of the school building presented several structural challenges, but were all incorporated into the BIM model from Metsec, including the design aspects of the roof. Studs within the joisted roof were extended out to overhang the external walls in order to create the overhang desired. Another roofing design requirement within the structure was a duo pitched roof. To enable the sloping element, Metsec used longer stud sections of a high gauge to accommodate the longer spans required and the larger load placed on the studs.

The school has invested in a substantial server room, in order to house the complex technologies being implemented into the school, which required a large number of ducts. This needed a substantial amount of openings within the wall which Metsec incorporated into the specification.

Partnership

Metsec’s engagement in the project from the early stages meant it could provide bespoke, flexible solutions integral to enabling the complex design aspects desired by the client.

Steve Williams, director at Mark One, said: “Working alongside the manufacturer from the early stages of the project meant that we could work in conjunction with Metsec in designing and delivering the additional design requirements, and it was a smooth running project all round.

Ryan Simmonds, sales director of framing at Metsec, said: “Palmerston School was an interesting project from a design perspective and, in using BIM, all parties benefited from a central model that could be amended and revised throughout the early stages to produce an accurate plan during the delivery stages.”


 
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