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LAFARGE - Flagship NHS Hospital Supplied By Lafarge Plasterboard

Lafarge Plasterboard has supplied drylining systems to a flagship new hospital development. Working with main contractors BAM Construction and drylining subcontractors Richard Kemble Ceilings, Lafarge supplied GTEC Megadeco and Fire Board to the Ysbyty Aneurin Bevan hospital in Ebbw Vale, Blaenau Gwent, Wales.

The development, which is named after NHS creator Aneurin Bevan, is the first publicly-funded hospital to be built in England or Wales with 100% single room, ensuite facilities to help control infection and improve privacy. The 107-room, £53.7 million project is the first major build as part of the regeneration of the former Corus steelworks site in Ebbw Vale and is due for completion in October 2010.

Lafarge Plasterboard’s GTEC Megadeco has been fitted throughout the hospital’s corridors and rooms, which comprise a mixture of ground floor theatre areas, treatment rooms and offices and 96 first floor ensuite bedrooms.

GTEC Megadeco is one of Lafarge’s high performance Specialist boards, ideally suited for commercial applications such as hospitals and other high traffic public buildings. More than 43,000m2 of Megadeco has been used, installed as an external layer on every interior facing wall.

Chris Norris, Senior Technical Manager for Lafarge Plasterboard, said: “GTEC Megadeco was specified because it combines superior impact resistance, sound insulation and fire resistance and is categorised as severe duty when tested to BS5234.”

Chris added: “The board has a decorative pre-sealed white face and colour matched joint cements, ensuring that linings and partitions have a consistent finish ready for final decoration. This eliminates the requirement for separate sealing/priming of the board onsite, effectively saving one complete operation at finishing stage.”

Lafarge’s GTEC Metal Framing system was used to create the partitioning, with 90mm C Stud and Megadeco forming the basis of the rooms. A shaft wall system was employed throughout the corridors to accommodate the modular m/e services while still maintaining performance levels.

BAM Construction is managing the hospital's development for the Welsh Assembly Government, through its 'Designed for Life' programme. David Humphrey, who oversees the project as Design Manager for BAM Construction said: “Delivering the highest quality to patients and hospital staff is a core value for BAM. The tight timescales for construction have been crucial, as the local population eagerly await their new hospital. The materials we choose need to be able to withstand the heavy, sustained traffic of such a busy environment. As such, we’ve been very impressed with the level of technical service from Lafarge and our subcontractors, Richard Kemble Ceilings. Their efficient working relationship and expert knowledge, combined with the performance and durability of Megadeco, have ensured we are well on target to launch in October.”

Richard Kemble, Managing Director of Richard Kemble Ceilings, said: “The success in being part of this prestigious development is duly down to our long standing working relationship with BAM Construction, and being a category 1 Sub-Contractor within their main supply chain. Also, the success on this project has enabled us to be part of the ongoing build of new hospital "Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr" Ystrad Mynach and has presented us with the opportunity to tender on two further projects; Morriston Hospital Swansea and Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton.”


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