Cleanliness throughout the medical environment has become more important than ever before. While much attention may focus on floors or bathrooms, Ecophon Limited is emphatic that ceilings cannot be ignored by designers if the highest levels of cleanliness in all aspects of the building are to be maintained.
In fact, providing easily washable and even anti-bacterial surfaces to suspended ceilings were one of several aspects of the technical specification for the recently completed Newcastle Neuro Services Centre.
The facility has been built by Clugston Construction, with P+HS Architects as the lead consultant. Heinz Manz GMBH and RSI were the installers of the Ecophon systems which included Focus D XL, Protec, Performance, Master Alpha Ds and Master Alpha C as well as Advantage A.
Large quantities of Advantage A have been installed in what were termed general areas such as administrative offices, where there were no specific clinical requirements. Focus Ds was selected for ‘resource’ areas such as waiting room alcoves and the connecting corridors. The Focus D XL made up the bulk of the corridor ceilings where its linear format offers a pleasing and complementary aesthetic.
Performance tiles were used to create a hygienic and easily washable soffit within dirty spaces such as sluice rooms where equipment is cleaned. For facilities where wound dressing and minor surgery are to be carried out, Protec was picked as the best specification. In some consulting or assessment rooms Master Alpha Ds was installed in a concealed grid to offer optimum acoustic performance. In a number of access rooms throughout the centre which rise the full three storey height of the building, it was deemed unnecessary to install a suspended ceiling. However, the designers still wanted to control the reverberation period and in these instances Master Alpha C Direct Fix were secured to the soffit.