The on-going responsibility for maintenance and repair implicit in PFI projects is forcing the contractors involved to seek the ultimate in durability, and led to the selection of Ecophon ceiling systems for a new hospital in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire.

The new Hinchingbrook Treatment Centre is being built by Kier Eastern with Cambridge based Frank Shaw Associates being the lead design consultancy on the project.

The project team decided to utilise Ecophon’s Meditec A tiles in combination with the manufacturer’s ceiling grid and other products. The specification was based on Ecophon solution offering HTM 60 compliance as well as detailed analysis of life cycle costing; backed up by a 30 year warranty.

The project architect for Frank Shaw Associates, Alison Mottram, comments: “Durability and the ability to offer the best life cycle costing were critical in this instance, due to it being a PFI project and Ecophon’s Meditec product met the criteria.

Focus XL was also utilised for areas requiring particular acoustic performance, including the control of reverberation. These locations encompassed dental surgery as well as audiology.”

A total of 6,600 square metres of Meditec A was supplied and is currently being installed in ward and clinical areas. All of the ceiling systems were installed by Kier Eastern and its epic approved contractor service ceilings.

The Contracts Manager for SCL Interiors Limited, Andrew Morley, adds: “In winning the contract, Ecophon’s technical sales representative did a very good job in respect of emphasising the products’ acoustic performance as well as their durability and very low maintenance requirements. The whole project has had to be value engineered as Kier will run the building for the client and controlling costs is a vital issue.

“Up to now we have been installing grids and dealing with some of the smaller areas such as in reception where the design contrasts the Meditec with curved plasterboard margins. We are now taking delivery of the main volume of Meditec tiles.” As is normal for the hospital environment, the suspended ceilings are concealing a huge array of building services with the one metre void depth at ground floor level being dwarfed by the three to four metre space required for the first floor.

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