Knauf AMF comes out on top for healthcare
AMF Thermatex® acoustic ceilings from Knauf AMF are installed in one of the country’s first state of the art training facilities designed to resemble a working A&E hospital for trainee nurses and paramedics at the University of Sunderland.
A former 1990s office building has undergone a £3.5 million transformation to become a modern facility with two mock wards, assessment suites, a mock Patient Transfer Suite and an industry-standard Isolation Room to give students experience of working with medical equipment that is as close to the real thing as possible.
Knauf AMF ceilings are successfully installed in several new buildings at the University. This was one of the reasons FaulknerBrowns Architects decided to specify Knauf AMF for the new addition to the University’s Sciences Complex. They were also impressed with the level of service provided by Knauf AMF. “We have specified Knauf AMF ceilings for many different projects and we’re always pleased with the results. We have a good relationship with the specification manager who always gives good advice, responds to our enquiries quickly and provides relevant data sheets /specifications to incorporate into NBS at our end.” Hospital environments consist of different spaces each with their own requirements. But in every case, building materials must not contribute to the spread of infection. AMF Thermatex® is a range of ceilings manufactured from mineral wool made from natural, sustainable and renewable raw materials that offer solutions which meet stringent hygiene requirements and high standards for fire protection and acoustics.
Thermatex® Alpha Hygena tiles are designed to prevent the growth of bacteria and fungi on the ceiling surface, complying with guidelines for hospital hygiene and preventing infection EN ISO 14644 or DIN 1946. In addition to hygiene, good acoustics contribute to the recuperation of patients. Thermatex® Alpha Hygena offers Class A sound absorption which helps create a quiet environment where patients are not disturbed by unwanted noise from adjacent corridors.
For the circulation areas, the smooth, white, elegant appearance of Thermatex® Fine Stratos helps create a light, airy, open feel, thanks to its high light reflectance (85%) and low air permeability. The surface resists dust and dirt which is ideal for clean. Its bright appearance combined with the ceiling’s high light reflectance reduces the level of artificial lighting required.
Thermatex® Fine Stratos offers excellent acoustic control and helps improve privacy for patients by ensuring unwanted noise does not travel from the external hallways to the wards. Thermatex® Aquatec is ideal for washroom and wet areas. It offers humidity resistance of 100%RH which means the tiles retain their shape even in humid areas with temperatures of up to 40°c. In addition, it offers high sound absorption and its surface is easy to clean.
AMF Thermatex® ceilings are quick and easy to install which helped to keep the project on schedule and within budget. Executive Ceilings and Partitions Director Nigel Conley has installed Knauf AMF ceilings in many buildings and is always impressed with their quality. “We always try to work with Knauf AMF products. They are consistently delivered on time, straight forward to install and the team at Knauf AMF are always available if there are any questions.”
Knauf AMF has unrivalled expertise when it comes to advising on ceiling designs that meet the strict hygienic criteria demanded in healthcare and cleanroom environments.
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