Glenfield Hospital, the Leicester Respiratory BRU
Plans were put in place to construct at the Glenfield Hospital, the Leicester Respiratory BRU, a state of the art clinical research facility to be opened in the spring of 2013. One of the central aims of the Leicester Respiratory BRU is to help develop new medicines, starting with an original idea, often based on laboratory work, and then taking the treatment into the clinic by involving patients in clinical trials. Biomedical Research Units are leaders in translational clinical research. BRUs are partners between the best clinicians in leading NHS organizations and the best researchers in Universities. They work together to drive innovation for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of patients.
We were approached by MTX Contracts Ltd, the main contractors on the project to install the flooring works to the new building. Prior to starting work on site, we attended a meeting with a representative of MTX Contracts and surveyed the floors and clarified the finishing details that the client required at the new facility. The floors were of a timber construction and the client required Polyflor vinyl sheeting to be installed throughout the corridors and wards as well as stairways. In addition safety flooring was required for toilets and bathrooms. To the first floor offices and corridors Desso carpet tiles were required.
The sub floor preparation was key and we needed to ensure that a we achieved a very smooth surface for the new floor coverings. We used F. Ball’s primer and their water-based smoothing compound, Stopgap 700 Superflex. This gave us an excellent finish for the new vinyl floor coverings. Working closely with MTX Contracts on this professionally run site, we installed the vinyl with cove formed skirting and all the carpet tiles. The main contractor excelled at organising the various trades on site to ensure we were given clear areas to carry out the installation and this meant we could deliver the flooring installation on time and to budget.
Shortly after the completion of the ground floor and first floor installation, we were contacted again by MTX Contracts. It had been decided to install a second floor to the newly completed building. The same materials were required as the first phase and the site was run equally professionally enabling us to provide an excellent quality finish to the new Biomedical Research Unit at Glenfield Hospital.