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Safety first for contractors at new hospital development

Contractor, White Horse Electrical, has opted for a full range of cable containment solutions from Dietzel Univolt, including PVC conduit and conduit accessories in an LFS

specification as part of the firms M&E works at Heatherwood Hospital in Ascot.

The new £98m Heatherwood Hospital is set to replace the 100-year-old existing facility and is due for completion by 2021.

The team at White Horse Electrical has worked closely with Univolt's Steve Davis during the specification phase to identify the safest and most robust products available, presenting the firms unique solution to the main contractor and end user.

Steve Davis of Univolt explained: “The drive towards safer and more efficient products in construction is gathering huge momentum. We are the only manufacturer in the UK offering this level of protection through our Low Smoke Fume (LSF) specification and we are seeing more and more clients keen to incorporate this into their new build and refurbishment schemes.”

Large quantities of Univolt’s PVC LSF as well as their new wire basket cable containment has been installed throughout the vast site.

Steve continued: “Safety first is undoubtedly the ethos throughout the supply chain with all parties keen to use the most reliable and efficient products available. The properties within our LSF cable containment range guarantee that smoke is reduced dramatically during that first crucial ten mins of a fire, providing vital time in which people can make a safe exit from the building and fire fighters can begin to tackle the blaze. No other product on the market can offer this.

“We’re incredibly pleased to see our products chosen as part of the wider specification of this impressive and important healthcare scheme.”

The new Heatherwood Hospital will have six operating theatres and 48 inpatient beds, plus 22 day-case cubicles as well as housing the trust’s private patient unit. It will offer a range of outpatient and diagnostic facilities such as cardiology, radiology, lithotripsy, children’s clinic, physiotherapy, and orthodontics and a primary care hub with GPs, community nurses, and other healthcare specialists.


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