Alder Hey Hospital

Sector: Health Solution type: Designer, Ironmongery

The challenge.

The supply of performance doors and ironmongery to the transformed Alder Hey Hospital. BDP Architects understood the client wanted the children's hospital to incorporate a design aesthetic that was reflective of a warm, calming and educational environment. The specification requirements included the supply and install of 2,500 doorsets and integrated ironmongery to the world-class children's hospital.

The solutions.

Laidlaw supplies integrated doorsets to the transformed Alder Hey Hospital

Alder Hey Hospital prides itself for offering care to more than 275,000 children and young people across the UK each year. The hospital recently underwent a complete transformation with the new building design inspired by ideas from the children and young people themselves. BDP Architects understood the client wanted the children’s hospital to incorporate a design aesthetic that was reflective of an inviting, warm, calming and educational environment. The spacious wards have been created so patients can enjoy privacy and dignity with plenty of spaceand nowover 75% of the beds are in single, en-suite rooms, helping to improve the overall patient experience.

Throughout the past year Laidlaw supplied 2,500 doorsets and integrated ironmongery to the world-class children’s hospital. We supplied a variety of performance doorsets to Laing O’Rourke including Hygieniform PVC in daisy (yellow), musk (white) & shadow (grey).Hygieniform PVC incorporates an anti-bacterial additive
throughout the thickness of the material creating long lasting protection against the spread of infection ideally suited to a hospital environment where combating infections and cleanliness is vitally important. There were also a number of laminate doorsets supplied to the project in a large variety of vibrant colours including chrome yellow, vibrant green, Caribbean blue and spectrum green to blend with the colourful surrounding environment.

In high fire risk areas doorsets with up to 60 minutes fire resistance were specified, while acoustic performance of up to 32RwdB ensures patients in single bedrooms can rest in quiet surroundings.

X-Ray doors were supplied to radiography suites;these doorsets incorporate a lead sheeting, forming an effective barrier to radiation in all directions. Visicom vision panels were also supplied to various departments and wards where privacy was necessary;
when incorporated into a door the Visicom easy-to-operate vision panels turn an open-to-view area into a private environment (and vice versa).

 As well as doorsets we supplied integrated performance critical ironmongery to the hospital. This included door closers, mortice locks, lever handles, digital locks and ancillaries. The Nylon ironmongery was supplied in Manhattan Grey for x-ray areas of the hospital to offer exceptional strength and durability against the strains and stresses of everyday use for high capacity working environments.

Anti-finger trap guards were also supplied as part of the doorset package,the door hinge safety system is designed to prevent the entrapment of fingers in the hinge gap of a door. This is ideally suitable in a children’s health environment to protect against the potential for shearing and crushing of small, inquisitive fingers. 

“Over the past year Laidlaw consistently performed on the successful supply of integrated performance doorsets to the contemporary Alder Hey hospital development. The successful delivery was a direct result of early engagement with the team, encouraging collaboration, idea sharing and innovation on the project. The combined effort meant that positive relationships were established throughout the life-cycle of the project and exceptional levels of service were achieved” explains Adam Beecroft, Project Manager from Laidlaw.

Laidlaw is the UK’s leading manufacturer of bespoke performance doorsets to the healthcare sector. The successful delivery of Alder Hey Hospital was a direct result of early engagement with Laing O’Rourke, encouraging collaboration, idea sharing and innovation on the project. 

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