Tap designed for ease of use by those with less hand strength

New for public and semi-public washrooms, the Conti+ lino SofTouch tap needs only gentle pressure to activate the water flow, which the shower and washrooms solutions specialist says makes it particularly suitable for patients with less hand strength and dexterity.

Door ‘in a permanent state of attack-readiness’

Meesons, a provider of anti-tailgating entrance control solutions, has introduced Rev 190, which it claims is the world’s first revolving door to achieve certification to Loss Prevention Standard (LPS) 1175: Issue 8 up to C5 (SR3). The company explains that LPCB certification of the Rev 190 Revolving Door to LPS 1175 ‘provides independent verification that it will deliver the significant levels of resistance to forced entry by hostile actors – be they burglars, terrorists or protestors’. It said: “The LPS 1175 standard reflects a broad range of threat scenarios, including tool attacks by intruders acting without fear of attracting attention to their actions by using tools and entry techniques likely to generate sustained levels of noise. This is a threat not necessarily covered by other security standards, such as EN 1627, as explained in BRE’s Façade security standards Specifiers guide.”

Collaborative innovation makes Austen House a success

Kingsway Group has ‘partnered’ with Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust on the design of the internal doorsets for the new Austen House low secure forensic mental health facility in Hampshire ‘to provide a solution designed with recovery and the service-user in mind’.

Glazing systems bring spectacular aesthetic to new London HQ

Parallel opening window vents from Kawneer were specified for a mental health project that the architectural glazing systems specialist says is ‘arguably without parallel’. Eighty-eight Kawneer AA100 SSG parallel opening vents were used as concealed windows, to maintain the same aesthetic as the façade, within AA100 mullion-drained curtain walling and AA720 doors on the new £40 million London headquarters of the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families.

Grab rail with antimicrobial protection

Intastop can now offer UK healthcare customers an Italian-made range of grab rails with antimicrobial protection and ‘anti-slip credentials’. The Tubocolor grab rails from Ponte Giulio are ‘warm-to-the-touch’, and have ‘a non-slip, yet smooth’ finish. Intastop says they ‘bring a new dimension of safety and infection control to more elements of building interior specification, in both new build projects and refurbishments’. “We are delighted to have formed a partnership with Ponte Giulio,” explained Intastop Marketing manager, Lisa Turner. “Its grab rails complement our range of door and wall protection products, and their antimicrobial properties allow us to extend and enhance the solutions we have for the care home and healthcare sectors, where such requirements are in high demand.”

New fire door maintenance guide

With fire doors critical to the safety of healthcare buildings – as they help prevent or delay the spread of fire and smoke, and provide staff and patients with time to evacuate to a safe area – the latest guide from Construction Specialties explains how to maintain fire doors to ensure their continuous, reliable performance.

'New style’ quarter dome mirror launched

Creative Ironmongery has launched ‘a replacement’ quarter dome mirror for the health and custodial market in response to what it says are issues of ‘lack of stock’ and high prices for existing such stainless steel mirrors. MD and owner, Alan Rees, said: “We have designed a new way for the mirrors to be fixed to the wall / ceilings, by integrating the fixing flanges into the actual dome, so that the unit is all polished stainless and not a painted frame with a polished mirror.

'A cost-effective way to boost fire safety'

GEZE UK has launched a product which links control units for smoke and heat extraction, ‘providing a cost-effective and easy-to-install solution that boosts fire safety’. The THZ Link connects control units for vents or zones around a building, providing a modular solution that can be extended to link further control units, which can be added when required. Fully tested to VdS 2581 and VdS 2593, it also complies with EN 12101 Part 9 and Part 10, ‘providing complete flexibility for use in both new developments and older buildings’.

Flexible and reliable’ roof membrane for the Unity Centre

Sika-Trocal’s 'flexible, durable' Type ‘S’ membrane has – its manufacturer says – ‘provided the ideal waterproof solution’ for a large and complex roof installation at the Unity Centre, a new extension to Wakefield’s Fieldhead Hospital which incorporates facilities including a range of adult and elderly acute inpatient accommodation, a psychiatric intensive care unit, and a Section 136 area. Completed in two phases, the extension was built to provide additional patient accommodation. The project’s first phase, completed in July 2017, saw the installation of Sika-Trocal’s Type ‘S’ waterproof system across a 2,000 m2 area of roofing. The manufacturer says the 2 mm-thick, mechanically fastened, single-ply membrane’s ‘renowned adaptability’ was ideal, as it had to cover a number of intricate roofing details.

Comprehensive access control for new Samphire Ward

Hardware and software from SALTO Systems features in the new Samphire Ward at Chatterton House, a new acute care mental health facility in King’s Lynn, formed following the refurbishment of two redundant wards, linked to create one modern 16-bed facility operated by North and West Norfolk Care Group, part of Norfolk & Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust.

Multi-use chair and matching table launched

Healthcare solutions provider, Teal LifeCare, has unveiled ‘an innovative multi-use chair’ created by international furniture designer, Ben Grafton. A new addition to the Roku family, Roku Keata is a durable, rotationally moulded chair and matching table collection ‘with contemporary, progressive styling’, designed for multi-environment use. ‘Roku’, Japanese for ‘six’, refers to the number of applicable environments – which includes dining, bedroom, reception, lounge, high security, and outdoor settings. A compact footprint means it easily passes through a doorway or tucks under a desk or dining table.

Wrist-worn patient call device launched

Pinpoint’s new WristPIT is a bespoke, easily accessible, wrist-worn infrared patient call transmitter which allows service-users / patients to activate a call for assistance even if away from their bed or a fixed call-point. The company explained: “Pinpoint’s renowned PIT technology – usually worn by staff for personal safety – has, for the first time, been designed around patient use. The WristPIT can withstand showering and brief submersion in water, and incorporates antimicrobial product protection.”

Standalone online access control system ‘reliable and cost-effective’

People and vehicle access control specialist, Nortech, has launched NanoQuest – ‘a secure, single door self-contained access control system’. The standalone proximity card reader / access controller combination is ‘small, powerful, and supports up to 500 users. Said to be easy to install and operate, it houses both the access control electronics and the 125 kHz proximity reader. Nortech said: “Its slender and elegant compact design suits most settings, while the robust construction allows it to be used in most working environments.” A NanoQuest unit controls access through a single door for up to 500 authorised users and can also be used as a secure method of controlling devices such as intruder alarm panels, lighting, and heating.

Faster, adhesive-free flooring solution

Forbo Flooring System says that while the problem of damp subfloors is ‘a general ‘issue’ in the construction market, the current flooring solutions available ‘result in a long, complex, and costly installation process’.

Abloy launches ‘world’s first intelligent motor locks’

Abloy UK claims to have launched ‘the world’s first intelligent motor locks’ – the EL495 and EL595.

Extinguisher cabinets’ positive reception

Creative Ironmongery has recently further developed its fire extinguisher boxes, which it says have enjoyed a very positive reception in the sector, having been specified by mental healthcare providers including St Andrew’s Healthcare, Rushcliffe Care, and Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust.

Autism centre’s flooring met multiple demands

Forbo Flooring Systems’ Flotex Penang flocked flooring has been installed at the Caudwell International Children’s Centre (CICC) at Keele University Science and Innovation Park, the UK’s first independent purpose-built facility dedicated to autism diagnosis, intervention, and research. Forbo says the flooring’s ‘subtle aesthetics and tactile nature’ will help create a calming and easily cleanable environment for children with autism and neurodevelopmental conditions within the Centre, which was designed through a close working partnership between the charity’s CEO, Trudi Beswick, and Cheshire-based architects, C4 Consulting. Shaped in ‘a butterfly figure of eight’, the Centre houses a variety of multi-functional spaces, including assessment suites, a sensory integration room, and teaching kitchens.

‘Tilt-only’ blinds and a highly professional service

'Tilt-only' magnetic blinds from BetweenGlassBlinds have been fitted to specialist flats recently created at a ‘high dependency’ mental healthcare facility home in Bushey in Hertfordshire. The specialist unit helps people dealing with varying levels of mental illness. On site, residents live semi-independently, while receiving intensive specialist care from trained mental health workers. As part of the creation of a number of new, specialist flats, BetweenGlassBlinds supplied tilt-only magnetic blinds for fitting to all the external windows by window supplier and fitter, Window Care Herts. As an increased safety measure, the integral blinds were fitted between specially toughened, clear laminated glass. BetweenGlassBlinds worked with the window installer’s team to ensure that the magnetic blinds could function smoothly through thicker glass, with technicians from both companies visiting the site to make bespoke, on-site adaptations to the integral blinds. The magnetic blinds are operated via a neat and unobtrusive sliding magnetic block located around the perimeter of the unit, on a completely cordless system.

Paving to ‘re-define public spaces’

AG, a manufacturer of ‘innovative concrete products’, says its new premium paving product, Plaza Lineal, answers industry demand for a flagstone that is ‘durable, versatile, and strong’, while possessing ‘an aesthetically pleasing, plank-like appearance’. A ‘premium’ water-etched, lightly textured, granite aggregate paving that is 120 mm deep, it comes in a range of rectangular dimensions and six colours that can be ‘mixed and matched’ to create a broad range of patterns that ‘blend seamlessly with any outdoor environment’.

Robust camera for unobtrusive monitoring

The new Hanwha Techwin Wisenet TNV-7010RC 3 megapixel corner mount camera has been designed to meet the requirements of mental health institutions, the police, and prisons, where there is a duty of care to prevent self-harm. The camera has a built-in 940 nm IR emitter which projects infrared light up to 10 m at a higher wavelength than traditional red glowing IR lighting. Invisible to the human eye, this avoids disturbing those sleeping in secure rooms. The ‘true day / night camera’, which can reportedly capture clear, sharp colour images in light levels as low as 0.3 Lux, also features Wide Dynamic Range (WDR), which performs at up to 120 dB, ‘to accurately produce images in scenes that simultaneously contain very bright and very dark areas’.