Passive Fire Protection for Healthcare
From hospitals and walk-in facilities to medical centres and GPs’ surgeries, the healthcare property portfolio across the UK is an eclectic mix of older buildings, ultra-modern new builds and hybrids of the two as existing premises have been widely developed and extended to meet increased demand.
Although each building has its own quirks and requirements, fire strategies in healthcare settings share similarities, with typically longer fire resistance times required to minimise the need for patient movement and minimise evacuation distances in the event of a fire. With a breadth of experience in the healthcare sector, Pyrotect teams are able to deliver passive fire protection, whatever the on-site scenario might be.
New build facilities across the UK
Partnering with main contractors on new build sites and new build extensions to existing campuses, Pyrotect site teams have delivered both intumescent paint and firestopping on healthcare sites nationwide. Whether working on a small medical practice in the West Country or a large, state-of-the-art private hospital such as Morgan Sindall’s Spire Hospital in Tollerton, Nottinghamshire, our teams apply the same principles of quality, collaboration and transparency.
Existing hospitals undergoing expansion carry additional requirements and our teams work alongside site management to ensure that the additional health and safety protections, access and egress schedules and noise control needed for public safeguarding are implemented at commencement of works and reviewed throughout the project.
Working in live patient environments - maintenance and remedial works
Working in live patient environments comes with additional responsibilities and challenges. At Pyrotect we have substantial experience in delivering accredited, certified remedial firestopping packages in live hospital environments. As a result, our teams are well-versed in the additional considerations of patient safeguarding, maintaining exemplary cleanliness and implementing noise reduction measures.
Our site supervisors work closely with nominated site facilities and clinical representatives to carefully control the sequencing of programmes to minimise disruption and ensure the flow and impact of works is as compatible with the clinical requirements of the site as possible, particularly in areas such as A&E and theatres where work access might need to be suddenly paused to make way for an emergency. We also act as facilitators, coordinating with other trades such as drywall and M&E contractors to ensure a smooth flow of works should the programme also require these specialisms.
Working in this collaborative way, to a tightly managed schedule to suit clinical need and planning, and ensuring timely progress, has seen us successfully complete a number of extensive remedial programmes recently, including working with Skanska at Royal Derby, Walsall Manor and Walsgrave hospitals, Vinci Facilities at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham and Princess Royal University Hospital in Orpington, Kent and J Tomlinson at Kettering Hospital, Northamptonshire.
With qualified fire inspectors in our team, we are able to provide comprehensive fire surveys whether across one building or multiple buildings and campuses in an estate, with experience of delivering estate-wide standardisation projects.
In order to meet the additional needs of these unique and special environments, our teams provide the following:
- Pre-start meeting to capture all site-specific needs and considerations, and outline sequencing
- Deployment of qualified, experienced site installation teams
- Detailed, site-specific RAMS, including any additional considerations around access times, noise control, and cleanliness routines
- Briefing with site teams prior to commencement
- Regular catch-ups with site/facilities teams and clinicians to ensure smooth project delivery, check sequencing flow is still workable and address any changes (particularly in the live environment)
- DBS checked site teams
- Quality assurance throughout and certification on completion
Facilities Manager of an existing facility? Our certified fire inspectors can walk you through the fire survey process and identify any areas of non-compliance that put you at increased risk. Contact the team on 01530 416870 for more information