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Waterloo provides air distribution for new hospital wing


Waterloo Air Products has met the air distribution requirements for a two-phase £250m project for University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH).

UCLH comprises seven hospital sites and is one of the largest trusts in the NHS. It is consolidating services from a number of different sites as part of a major re-building programme to update its provision of healthcare.

UCLH Interior

Phase 1 which opened in 2005 saw services from Cecil Fleming House and the Rosenheim wing and a number of inpatient and outpatient services at The Middlesex Hospital sites transfer to the new University College Hospital (UCH).

Now under Phase 2 which is scheduled for completion this October, maternity services currently being provided at Elizabeth Garret Anderson and Obstetric Hospital (EGA) will be provided in the new EGA Wing adjacent to UCH. This latest project is a five storey building with two basement levels and will provide bright, spacious and comfortable surroundings.

Efficient ventilation and air distribution was a key requirement of the design and Waterloo was selected to supply a range of products including continuous slot diffusers’ Laminair flow panels, linear bar grilles, egg crate grilles, supply and extract valves and standard louvres and penthouses.

UCLHAs well as meeting the stringent requirements of an advanced healthcare building, the site’s location presented its own challenges as it is set in a busy area of London and above the underground railway network.

Waterloo worked closely with BCJV (a joint venture company comprising AMEC and Balfour Beatty) to ensure exact selection of products, and deliveries. Waterloo provided a dedicated engineer to work with BCJV engineers, and the ductwork contractors on all standard and non-standard design aspects. The company also provided full technical schedules and drawing back-up to help make the project run as smoothly as possible for the main contractor and other suppliers.