When it comes to specifying glazing systems for hospital projects, facilitating high levels of hygiene, and ensuring patient safety are of the utmost important. Teknoglass advanced glazing systems has been an intrinsic part of the design and installation of the £22m state- of-the-art intensive care unit that will provide 48 new ICU beds for the south’s most critically ill patients.
From Inception our team worked with the front-line Doctors and Nurses to integrate bespoke ground-breaking technology into the design of the new facility that has taken 18 months to build and was handed over to University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust on the 1st October 2020.
Joined to the existing ICU facility, the new 1400-metre square unit can be accessed through a linking corridor.
As well as being considerably bigger in size, it includes state of the art Teknoglass medical systems specifically designed for infection control that enable all the ICU rooms to be used for infection control / Covid 19 patients minimising cross contamination.
Shortly after completion the ICU was put into action as a key component in the fight against the Covid 19 pandemic during which the glazing systems worked faultlessly.
Commenting on the project Max Jonas, lead Consultant of Intensive Care Medicine & Anaesthesia said “When designing the concept for a new ICU for the University Hospital Southampton, a fresh approach to infection control, and patient dignity were at the forefront of NHS Trust’s requirements.
“The team at Teknoglass quickly understood the requirements and brought an innovative solution to the table based on the Schüco doors and frames.
“We continued to work closely through the design and installation to create a facility that I believe is a blueprint for hospitals now and into the future. “
Our solution comprised of a number of innovative bespoke glazing systems including:
- Infection control sliding doors with switchable glass technology
- Burns and infection control rooms.
- Acoustic switchable dividing windows
- Intelligent control system for patient and nursing staff interaction
- 60 minute fire rated entrance door and fire / acoustic fixed glazed screens
Hermetically sealed switchable doors
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