Pembury Hospital, Kent

Client: Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust
Type of works: supply of vinyl and safety flooring.

Pembury Hospital is a new £230 million facility built for the Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust. It is unique in the UK as the only major general hospital with a fully admitting A&E to offer all inpatient accommodation in single en-suite bedrooms. The 512 bed hospital also includes a new Women’s and Children’s Centre and a full complement of clinical and support services.

Tarkett was selected to provide all the vinyl and safety flooring to the scheme, which has amounted to over 65,000m2 so far. The majority of circulation areas, inpatient rooms, and main departments have been fitted with Tarkett iQ Granit flooring, while Tarkett Safetred Dimension has been used in the en-suite facilities, and staff and visitor toilets. Safetred Aqua also features in wetroom facilities where its exceptional wet area slip resistance provides added protection for patients.

Dave Barnfield, Operations Manager for Tyndale Flooring said: “Tarkett products were specified because of their superiority and durability for a modern day Acute Hospital. The flooring installation programme was a challenge from the outset, but we fully endorsed and implemented the main contractor’s philosophy of zero tolerance with regards to installation. Early planning and detailing, combined with our quality installers laying the product, created a snag-free environment and resulted in a superior finish throughout.”

iQ Granit is part of Tarkett’s highly successful iQ Range, offering the best life cycle costs on the market together with outstanding quality, performance and design characteristics. Made from high-quality raw materials, iQ Granit features a 3rd generation PUR surface reinforcement that guarantees no wax or polish will ever be needed. The exclusive construction of iQ Granit also enables Unique Surface Restoration whereby it is possible to fully restore the flooring surface to its original appearance and properties with simple dry buffing, giving extreme longevity and minimising maintenance costs. The iQ PUR means iQ flooring requires only minimal maintenance. This not only eases the burden on cleaning staff, but also reduces the consumption of water, detergents and energy when cleaning.

Tarkett’s Safetred Dimension is another popular decorative flooring for healthcare environments, where slip resistance is a key factor in helping prevent falls and further injury amongst already fragile and often unsteady patients. It is particularly suited to areas that are prone to becoming wet, such as toilets and bathrooms. All Tarkett’s Safetred ranges offer sustainable R10 slip resistance, meeting the manufacturing standard EN 13845. The addition of Safety Clean PUR reinforcement ensures ease of cleaning and maintenance, and since this PUR surface treatment is also reinforced with slip resistant granules, in addition to those in the wear layer, it provides lasting performance.

A major requirement on this project was the reduction of waste and recycling including all packaging, vinyl off-cuts and wrapping. Tarkett organised regular collections of all vinyl waste, off-cuts and roll-ends, which were taken for reprocessing into new flooring. Roll cores, bung ends and packaging were also removed from site.

The new Pembury Hospital, constructed by Laing O’Rourke, has been developed to fit with the local rural setting, with 85% of inpatient rooms having woodland views. Phase I of the project is now open and the remainder of the facility is due for completion later in 2011.

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