Pontefract Hospital, West Yorkshire

Architect: Avanti Architects
Design and build contractor: Balfour Beatty
Fabricator: Norking Aluminium
Products: MX Visible Grid curtain walling; FXi46 pivot windows; FXi65 tilt/turn, fixed light and top hung open-out windows; CD commercial doors

Technal, in partnership with fabricator Norking Aluminium, has been awarded the £1.5m glazing contract for a new £60m community hospital in Pontefract, which is now under construction.

The diagnostic and treatment centre for Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust is part of the largest PPP hospital development in Yorkshire, developed by Consort Healthcare – a joint venture by Balfour Beatty and Haden Young.

Around 500 windows from Technal’s FXi casement range are being supplied for the scheme to Secured by Design standards and to meet the architects’ ventilation strategy.

Technal’s MX Visible Grid curtain walling is also being used throughout the new hospital, which includes a full height three-storey atrium, sections overlooking the courtyards and a central ‘street’. The glazing will be fitted with low E glass to the north elevation and solar control glass for the south, west and east façades

Transforming Patient Care

Scheduled to open towards the end of 2009, the new 21,000 sqm hospital will replace outdated buildings at Pontefract General Infirmary with a landmark building to transform patient care.

The design is for a low-level outpatients’ building wrapped by a higher acute wing with views towards the town centre. Generous courtyards and shallow depths will ensure all occupied rooms and ward bays benefit from natural light, ventilation and pleasant views, using Technal’s glazing systems.

The windows are being supplied in a range of con-figurations – FXi46 pivots and FXi65 tilt/turn systems for ventilation and ease of cleaning on the upper floors; FXi65 fixed lights for maximising natural light, and FXi65 top hung open-out windows for additional ventilation.

Technal’s CD commercial doors will also be used for access and fire exit doors and as auto sliding and auto swing door sets.

The new hospital will provide an A&E department, diagnostic facilities with radiology and endoscopy, midwife-led maternity services, outpatient facilities, day surgery unit, rehabilitation, physiotherapy and other specialist facilities. It has been designed to be highly flexible with the opportunity for change to reflect future advances in healthcare.