The Institute of Transplantation, Freeman Hospital, Newcastle

Project: The Institute of Transplantation, Freeman Hospital, Newcastle

A new medical facility which is set to make the North East of England a world leader in organ transplants has been built using market leading tiling protection products from Schlüter-Systems.

The new Institute of Transplantation at Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital is a £30m premises which will substantially increase the number of life-saving transplants in the region.

Whilst patients, family, friends and employees walking through the centre’s main reception and atrium area can expect the highest quality of organ transplants, what they won’t know is they will be walking on the highest quality of tiling protection products after movement joints from the Schlüter®-DILEX range were installed by P Plunkett Tiling Contractors Ltd, based in Northumberland.

Geoff Williams, Managing Director at P Plunkett, comments, “This project saw us install movement joints from Schlüter-Systems over four months at this new medical facility and we’re very pleased to be involved in the construction of such an important building for the north-east. What we particularly like about Schlüter-Systems is that their products are so readily available. Such is their vast range that you can easily source any size of product you require and have bespoke packages tailored to your individual project requirements.”

Ian Knifton, Divisional Manager at Schlüter-Systems, comments, “The Institute of Transplantation is a state-of-the-art medical premises that will provide hundreds of organ transplants for patients each year, as well as attracting the leading medical professionals from all over the world. Not only will the multi-million pound project see the use of cutting edge medical technology but it already features cutting edge tiling technology after the installation of movement joints from our Schlüter®-DILEX range. These offer secure protection for surfaces subjected to high mechanical stresses caused by continuous use, making it particularly ideal for busy locations such as this atrium and reception.”

Movement joints from the Schlüter®-DILEX range offer secure edge protection and maintenance free solutions for surfaces exposed to continuous pedestrian and vehicular traffic. All profiles are installed at the same time as the tile covering and a wide variety in various material combinations are available, depending on the mechanical or chemical stresses expected on the covering.

The new Institute of Transplantation at Freeman Hospital in Newcastle will incorporate cardiothoracic transplant surgery, general transplant surgery and renal transplant surgery all under one roof and will also include four large operating theatres, a 300-bed ward, an outpatient unit and a training lecture theatre. For more information please visit

P Plunkett Tiling Contractors are one of the leading specialist tiling contractors in the industry with an outstanding reputation for quality of work and dependability. Established in 1975 in the North East, it has grown over the years and regularly undertakes contracts nationwide for all the major contractors and numerous prestigious clients. Telephone 01661 836 960 for more details or visit

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