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More than 200 Visedge Floor Panels have been supplied by Howe Green for Romford’s new state of the art 939-bed Queen’s Hospital, to provide easy - yet tamper-proof - access to vital underfloor services.

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Designed by architects Jonathan Bailey Associates, Queen’s Hospital was built for Barking Havering & Redbridge Hospitals NHS Trust. Serving a population of around 700,000, the £261 million four-storey, 4,500 room building provides high quality specialist acute services.

With the hospital floors set to be subject to heavy foot traffic from millions of annual visitors, patients and medical staff, a heavy-duty and tamper-resistant access solution was required. Such floor panels enable essential access to concealed pipes and cables, as well as vital building services including IT, heating and water supply.

Due to their public-facing location, it was also essential that the covers fit perfectly flush with their surround to avoid distortion and prevent any slips or trips occurring for people using the facilities.

Howe Green’s Visedge Flexible Floor Access Covers, suitable for a wide range of demanding environments, offered the most cost-effective and low maintenance solution. Fitted quickly and unobtrusively, the covers are double-sealed to meet the highest standards of hygiene and security, and are corrosion and maintenance-free.

The Visedge Series combines modern construction techniques with innovative design. Engineered for use with flexible sheet flooring systems, the covers provide ‘stiletto-proof’ resistance and have proven longevity in highly trafficked areas.

Special fittings were produced by the firm to ensure the covers would match a variety of square and rectangular cavities with small apertures. Featuring a unique double seal designed to create a positive seal to drainage, electrical and other ducts, the covers also have crimped corners to allow both the cover and frame to lie completely flat.

Unlike similar products, the Visedge Series also allows the sheet flooring, which can include PVC or linoleum, to be locked to the frame sections and hot welded to the surface rather than glued. This creates a permanent joint and eliminates any possible water ingress and peeling which can cause a health and safety hazard.

The hospital’s construction was funded by Catalyst Healthcare, a Private Finance Initiative consortium comprising Bovis Lend Lease, the Bank of Scotland and Sodexho. Catalyst will now manage the day-to-day upkeep and long term maintenance for a concession period of 36 years.

With Howe Green’s robust and maintenance-free Visedge Covers installed throughout the building, Catalyst can be reassured that underfloor services will remain safely concealed for the duration.

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