Middlesex Ltd. has specified six column casings from Pendock, the British casings and enclosures specialist, for a ward in the Newham University Hospital, on behalf of main contractor VINCI Construction.
The sub-contractor was looking to create a calming and minimalist environment for Rainbow Ward, which specializes in paediatric and adolescent services including oncology, surgical and medical care.
Originally opened in 1983 by Her Majesty the Queen, the hospital has been undergoing extensive refurbishment, with the three-storey children’s unit being redeveloped gradually over the past couple of years. Pendock’s initial involvement was to recommend and then supply six column casings of varying sizes, which the company advised should be laminated for ease of cleaning and assist with infection control.
To create the two 300x400mm casings positioned against one wall of the reception area, three sided, 8mm thick profiles were specified in Super White, with the inner collars at the top and bottom of the 2700mm tall structure being finished in brushed aluminium to offer visual contrast.
The full columns – of the same height but using 10 mm thick material – were manufactured in an identical finish, though all are slightly different in shape; this very much being the advantage of specifying casings from Pendock, which is able to create bespoke solutions thanks to its dedicated design team.
In this instance, all of these columns are lozenge shaped with rounded ends – though one is asymmetric in form.
It should be stressed, however, that Pendock is also able to provide a wide range of off-the-shelf products and accessories that installers can access on a next day basis if required.
The column casings for Rainbow Ward were manufactured as pre-formed semi-circles and other sections, which are then laminated at Pendock’s factory. As well as being easy to keep clean, the highly durable construction is also well able to withstand knocks from trolleys and beds. Pendock supplied the enclosures to the children’s ward complete with male and female joints to ensure trouble-free assembly, along with the inner top and bottom collars. Although some in-situ trimming is often required to suit floor profiles, the Middlesex Ltd.’s operatives found installation to be straightforward to complete, with minimum disruption to other trades. Pendock is able to offer a full turnkey package from initial survey, followed by the supply of CAD drawings through to a full site installation service. Its nationwide project managers are supported by experienced factory based craftsmen, while its customer service team endeavors to ensure that the correct product is always specified, then delivered at the most convenient time for the client.
Pendock is proud that its full range is made in Britain, which it can offer bespoke or as standard selections such as for Pipe Boxing, Column Casings, Radiator Guards and specialist Perimeter Casings for heating.