The state-of-the-art £1 million Forget Me Not project at the Warrington Hospital created a dedicated ward for dementia patients. The design aims to provide calm, relaxing and non-institutional surroundings for improved patient outcomes.
Construction Specialties’ Acrovyn® range was selected to provide a vital element of impact protection, to facilitate delivery of essential clinical care for patients in a robust and easy to maintain environment, without taking away from the homely feel of the space.
Lee Bushell, Building Surveyor, Estates Capital Projects for the hospital said: “The wall protection aspects on this project were really important as we wanted to not only offer protection to the walls from beds, trolleys and equipment, but also to provide a handrail solution for patients who are likely to be unsteady on their feet.
“As part of our design, we selected different colours of wall protection for inside the ward and for the corridor to the dementia ward. We wanted to make the corridor look inviting and of a hotel type standard.”
An HRB20 hand/crash rail system from the Acrovyn® range was specified for the project, as its two part cover design offers the opportunity to mix colours in order to create visual contrast.
In this case, the upper handrail cover was supplied in a wood effect finish, to create a warm and inviting feel in the corridor. The lower crashrail cover was supplied in Charcoal colour, to match door frames and complement feature walls.
Inside the ward, the aim was to make the handrail a stand out feature for patients. Charcoal colour was used for that purpose, as it provides a good visual contrast with the creamy colour of the walls, while the French Cream coloured crashrail covers blend in with the surrounding wall.
Acrovyn® hand/crash rails continued across some of the ward doors, making them blend in more successfully and discourage patients from exploring behind them.
The wall protection scheme also included heavy duty crashrails, corner guards, as well as Acrovyn Sheet, which was applied to half wall height in seating areas.
Lee Bushell commented: “We have used C/S products before and know from experience that they are robust, of good quality and would meet the needs we had for this scheme.
“C/S also offer a full service of surveying / measuring, costing, supplying and installation which makes life easier for the contractor running the project.”