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An Essential Extension – Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Posted by Stephen Waddicor on 30 March 2014

Highly-regarded construction company MTX Contracts Ltd have recently completed a large-scale extension project. The extension has been built at the Casualty Department of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Kings Lynn and is set to greatly enhance patients’ experience and go a long way towards allowing the trust to meet national A&E waiting-time targets.

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital lies just outside central Kings Lynn and its catchment area covers some 1,500 square kilometres across three counties. This area is home to around 250,000 people and, with over 2400 staff, the hospital is the largest employer in the town. A full range of medical services is provided by Queen Elizabeth Hospital and it features a number of specialist units such as the renowned Macmillan Cancer Care Unit.

Working in close partnership with the Kings Lynn NHS Trust and project managers Aecom, MTX Contracts installed a full modular extension to the A&E department of the hospital. The unit now has four brand new treatment and observation areas along with added office space on the floor above. The official order for the work was received by MTX on November 15th last year and the work was finished soon before the scheduled completion date of March 10th, a total of just 14 weeks with the exclusion of the Christmas break.

The project presented many challenges, particularly caused by the fact that the A&E department remained fully operational during the work. As the family-run MTX Contracts have such a broad scope of experience, however, these challenges were easily overcome by the talented team of contractors.

Part of the specification involved the installation of brand new doors and doorsets that would easily meet and exceed the heavy-duty demands placed upon them in such a busy environment. MTX Contracts chose to source these essential doors from Bespoke Complete Services, based on our impressive reputation for providing quality materials at a competitive price.

MTX Contracts chose to use severe-duty solid particleboard doors which are tested to fully adhere to the specifications set out in BS DD171. Faced with HPL Laminate (from our extensive Formica range) in an attractive shade of maple, the doors feature lipping on all four edges, exposed in high-impact grey PVC. Each door is mounted in a strong, sturdy and durable frame formed from solid Canadian Maple that has been fully lacquered and factory-finished.

Several of the doors used in the new extension feature both standard and privacy vision panels. For these, Bespoke Complete Services used our innovative beading system and unique sleek glaze; as there are no protruding beads, the doors will be far more resistant to damage from the heavy foot traffic and wheelchairs/trolleys which constantly pass through. The flush-fitting system also ensures that bacteria is kept to a minimum, in line with NHS Trust infection control regulations. All of the doors used on the project were fitted with fire discs which fully and clearly detail each door’s fire-rated performance and the dates of the installation.

MTX Contracts were extremely satisfied with the quality of our doorsets and the completed extension is now fully operational. We are proud to have supplied our quality products to such an important project.

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