With health and wellness a top priority, and entrances that are frequently exposed to the elements, a high-performance commercial entrance matting system is essential within hospitals and healthcare settings.
Using INTRAform DM Low Profile entrance matting with a combination of inserts, BDP created multiple safe and hygienic entrance points to Grange University Hospital (GUH).
About the Building
Serving over 600,000 people, this world-class healthcare facility deals with major emergencies as well as treating patients needing complex emergency or critical care. Offering 471 beds, it is home to more than 40 specialist services.
The building features a variety of entryways. In addition to the main entrance, the building has multiple access point including staff changing areas, an ambulance entrance with associated trolley traffic and other pedestrian entrances to different clinical areas.
Following consultation with our specification team, the architect selected clear anodised INTRAform DM Low Profile entrance matting.
With its heavy-duty closed construction aluminium planks, INTRAform DM Low Profile is ideal for locations with high foot and wheeled traffic, such as this busy hospital.
The closed construction offers ease of cleaning, while the low-profile design provides a cost-effective solution without compromising performance.
Extra-wide insert sections ensure maximum contact with footwear and wheels to deliver optimum dirt and moisture absorption over smaller areas. Along with the clear anodised finish, they also help to minimise strobing which can be an issue when specifying contrasting fibre and wiper bars.
Modified Zonal System
To maximise performance, all eight entrances to the hospital use a modified zonal system within a single internal, recessed matwell.
All the mats feature an initial section of multidirectional rubber inserts which gives exceptional scraping action to remove debris and excess moisture at the threshold.
At the main and ambulance entrances to the hospital where traffic is heaviest, the mats feature between 2 and 4metres sections of rubber to ensure multiple footsteps or wheel rotations are affected. At lower trafficked, secondary entrances this is reduced.
Following the initial sections of rubber, INTRAlux Elite fibre inserts thoroughly remove the remaining dirt and moisture.
INTRAlux Elite offers exceptional tufting per square metre which provides superior comfort and acoustic absorption. With 92,990 tufts per square metre, INTRAlux Elite can absorb and retain 5.4L/m² – perfect for the inclement Welsh weather.
By specifying a modified zonal system, the architect has created a robust yet cost-effective entrance matting system to maintain safety within the building and extend the life of internal floor coverings.
Designed to BIM Level 2, architects also used Modern Methods of Construction which enabled an early handover and a programme saving of 23%., receiving the Constructing Excellence Wales Digital Construction and Off-Site Awards.
To support your project management, BIM IFC and BIM RFA files are available for all INTRAsystems entrance matting systems. See our individual product pages for free downloadable files.
With entrance matting providing the first line of defence against dirt and contaminants a robust entrance matting specification in hospitals and healthcare settings is critical.
Learn more about the nuances of specifying entrance matting in a healthcare setting, with our FREE Specification Guide for Hospitals & Healthcare