Matt McDermott, Gainsborough Wetroom Field Manager, took the lead on the project and through his 20 years’ of experience, recommended the ideal specification for Hollybank. Floor plans and detailed designs were supplied with quality materials and durable fixtures suitable for a high-traffic environment. The wet room needed to provide more than six showering cycles per day and continuous toileting. Welcoming aesthetics and efficient moving and handling were also of high importance.
During the initial site survey Gainsborough discovered significant pre-enablement works needed to be completed. The main issue was enhancing infection control through better ventilation, drainage and the elimination of exposed pipework. Hence the Gainsborough design team recommended the ceiling was lowered, the sub-floor was reconstructed and walls were repositioned.
The lowered ceiling provided a cavity for an industrial-standard inline fan and ducting so moisture in the environment could be expelled more efficiently – hence reducing the risk of harmful microbes. Hygiene was enhanced further by high quality anti-slip, hygienic specialist flooring with capped edge coving and all pipework was concealed in walls or within easy-clean cabinets. These factors significantly reduced the rise of bacteria and improved the efficiency of deep cleaning routines.
Installation began in February 2019 and work was completed within four weeks, on budget and on time. Jane Brown, Registered Care Home Manager, was impressed with the attitude of the Gainsborough Tradesmen: “All the installers from Gainsborough were considerate to both our residents and staff.
They were pleasant and cheerful and Matt always kept us informed about progress, especially when details needed to be discussed.