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New project, old client: Britplas bolsters mental health project pipeline

Britplas have been appointed to supply the windows and glazing package to Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust’s new mental health facility in Southport, in the continuation of a relationship which started 12 years ago with the installation of the first ever Safevent windows.

The brand new £20million facility is being built adjacent to the existing Boothroyd Unit which is currently in use as an acute assessment ward for over 65’s with functional and organic mental health problems, and which will eventually be replaced. The new unit draws on the latest in industry standards and will have Britplas’ Safevent Access window complete with integral blinds fitted to each of the 44 bedrooms.

In addition, Britplas have also been chosen to provide the whole external glazing package including curtain walling, doors and standard casement windows, with design, manufacture and installation all tailored to meet the standards required of a medium secure mental health unit.

“We are delighted to have such a longstanding relationship with Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust and to be working with them again on the new facility at Southport” commented Britplas head of sales Neil Guest.

“Rathbone Hospital was the first facility to have Britplas Safevent windows installed, some 12 years ago, and we have continued to develop the product to ensure that we are still at the forefront of design and usability in the mental health sector.”

Work on site has already started with Britplas having installed a number of windows on the ground floor, and is due to finish in late October.

Safevent Access now available in uPVC

2018 looks set to be another year of innovation for Britplas with our latest window model, the Safevent Access, now available in uPVC. Originally developed in aluminium, uPVC prototypes were developed and tested throughout 2017, and the new window is now finalised and in production. Working with our profile suppliers Eurocell, new dies have been cast to ensure that production capacity is able to match demand for the new Safevent Access. The product is already proving of interest to several of our key clients within the mental health sector.

The continuous development of the Safevent aims to ensure that our clients have the most comprehensive range of solutions available to choose from. The Access offers a high degree of flexibility for maintenance and ease of access whilst retaining industry leading levels of robustness and natural ventilation.

Since its inception in 2006, Britplas has supplied and fitted over 40,000 Safevent windows to facilities around the world. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch should you have any questions regarding this or any Britplas product, or if you would like to request a demonstration.

Britplas sign off on two projects in Australia

Britplas have recently completed the installation of their award-winning Safevent window to two new mental health facilities in Adelaide, South Australia.

Flinders Medical Centre

One of only two major trauma centres in South Australia, Flinders Medical Centre has to deal with a wide range of issues and a broad patient demographic. Britplas were commissioned to provide aluminium internal sliding Safevent windows – chosen for their ease of use and versatility across a variety of situations, with integrated blinds to protect from the Australian sun. The overall project value was £100k, and involved the fit out of a brand new 30 bed older persons mental health unit.

Flinders Medical Centre is the second international job that Britplas and Cheeseman Architects, based in Adelaide, have worked on together.

The Veterans Mental Health Precinct

Also based in Adelaide but in Glenside, The Veterans Mental Health Precinct represents $15million investment from South Australia Health to deal with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) related cases.

Britplas provided aluminium external sliding Safevents with integral blinds and flush locks to the new purpose-built facility, and installation was overseen by a Britplas Site Manager, Steven Gittens.

The new facility incorporates the existing Intermediate Care Centre (ICC) building and comprises 24 bedrooms, a gymnasium, research spaces and gardens.

The two facilities are the latest in a series of international projects undertaken by Britplas, as the Safevent window continues to prove itself a global market leader in mental health fenestration.

Double win as Britplas stays strong for mental health

Continuing its role as market leader in the UK mental health fenestration market, Britplas has recently secured two large contracts with Birmingham and Solihull (BSMHT) and South London and Maudsley (SLAM) Mental Health Trusts. Their values combined total over £1 million, and involve a total of 350 aluminium award winning Safevent windows which are to be fabricated and installed before Christmas, ensuring a busy run up to the festive period.

The smaller of the two projects is at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, with 150 windows split between 3 buildings over 2 sites. Our installation team will have to rely on their vast experience to complete this refurbishment in a ‘live’ sensitive supervised care environment; the install schedule is spread over 15 weeks to minimise disruption.

The larger project at Maudsley Hospital in Camberwell, South London requires 200 Safevent windows over 2 buildings as part of its refurbishment program. Like its Birmingham counterpart, Maudsley is also a live site but with additional resource planned in for the duration and working closely with the clinical teams on site, the install schedule will be only 8 weeks.

Britplas’ Business Development Manager for Mental Health, Paul Guest commented ‘We continue to build strong working relationships with some of the UKs biggest mental health trusts, where a mutual understanding of the delicate situation and need for quality assurance is an absolute must from all parties involved. We’re delighted that both SLAM and BSMHT continue to choose Britplas for all their fenestration needs.’

New version launched of Safevent anti-ligature window

safevent accessBritplas has launched a new version of its award-winning Safevent anti-ligature window, the Safevent Access.

Retaining all the innovative features that have made the Safevent the number one window for mental health facilities such as an anti-ligature design, excellent natural ventilation and uncompromised security, the Safevent Access has an opening sash to allow for easier maintenance and increased flexibility.

The Safevent Access is available in aluminium with an internal or external sliding sash.

Contact us today to book a visit from our mobile demonstration unit to see the window in action.