A large national main contractor were contracted to build this development for the NHS as an ambulance response unit for the South East. The design was to be contemporary throughout and of course, had to be very functional given the traffic that was going to go through the building. Thin profile grey aluminium windows, commercial doors and curtain walling were specified early on. To make things more modern, rather than colour-matched grey panels, we were to install panels of all different colours. The customer had any RAL colour available to them for these panels. The idea behind the bright colours was to liven up the thin profile grey aluminium windows and the very grey overall demeanour of the rest of the building, which certainly worked.
Throughout the rest of the building, we installed our electrically operated commercial aluminium doors with panic escape bars on the inside for easy and quick access. These were fitted with low aluminium thresholds, which allows easy access for wheelchair users. In addition to this, we also installed push pad buttons on both the inside and outside, which when pushed, open both doors. This allows even easier access as specified in part M of the building regulations document.
The rear of the building features the large curtain walling screens, which have large roller garage doors in them, allowing quick and easy in and out access for the ambulance fleet the building houses.
It took around 2 weeks for one of our teams to fit everything. The electrically operated doors tend to take a bit longer for our teams to install for obvious reasons. Surprisingly, the curtain walling actually goes up pretty quickly considering the large areas curtain walling cover.
It’s an interesting and nice project to put our name to considering the good work that gets carried out there. More information on the South East Coast Ambulance Service can be found here.
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