Acre Mills Outpatients is the first project to be delivered by the Pennine Property Partnership – a 50/50 partnership between Henry Boot Developments and the Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust and the first such asset-backed partnership in the UK health sector.
Project Architect, Chris Race, has previously worked with Bushboard Washrooms on a number of healthcare projects and was keen to specify them again, ‘Being pleased with the quality of both service and product on previous projects, Jefferson Sheard Architects decided to specify Bushboard for this project.’
Bushboard’s HBN 00-10 Part C compliant healthcare units were specified at Acre Mills, meeting the brief set by Huddersfield and Calderdale NHS Trust. Chris explained, ‘The brief for the sanitaryware from the Trust was extensive, having to meet stringent infection control and maintenance requirements – the Trust visited the Bushboard factory to see the construction methods, products and to inspect the workmanship, the Trust was very happy with the product.’
Healthcare sanitary assemblies were specified as ready plumbed modules (RPM), meaning all healthcare units have sanitaryware and brassware pre-fitted. Bushboard RPM are factory tested and arrive on site ready to install, Chris was keen to use Bushboard’s RPM for the speed of on-site installation and quality of workmanship.
Bushboard’s exclusive sanitaryware and brassware, SanCeram was pre-plumbed to the healthcare units. Chris chose SanCeram for the project for two main reasons, ‘Price and quality. Quality of “high-end” sanitaryware but with excellent value for money.’
Chris is familiar with both Bushboard’s RPM and SanCeram, ‘Bushboard Washrooms had supplied washrooms and clinical sanitaryware for previous acute healthcare projects and numerous education projects prior to being specified on the Acre Mills project.’
Bushboard Washrooms Quadro toilet cubicles with a wood effect ‘Walnut’ finish were specified to ensure the patient WCs didn’t feel overly clinical or institutional, a theme which continues throughout the building.
In staff changing and washroom areas, Bushboard’s lockers, showers and Quadro toilet cubicles were specified. The top floor is dedicated to staff-only departments and facilities, as such open-plan working spaces and conference rooms, Bushboard’s full height cubicle, HiZone and solid surface wash troughs were specified.
Since opening to the public on 9th February 2015, Acre Mills and the Bushboard healthcare units, sanitaryware and brassware have had a fantastic response, Chris said, ‘Comments could not have been more positive from all parties including, clinicians, patients and maintenance teams. Bushboard gave extremely good service right from project inception through to after sales.’ Several patients have commented that the building feels like their ‘own private hospital’ due to the quality of finish and facilities.
Jefferson Sheard Architects have already specified Bushboard products on a number of new healthcare and education projects.