Deanestor completes £1.5m contract for Liverpool cancer hospital

Furniture and fit-out deal helps to create therapeutic environment for patients and staff

Deanestor has manufactured and installed more than 3,700 items of furniture at the new Clatterbridge Cancer Centre - Liverpool

Deanestor has delivered a £1.5m contract for Laing O’Rourke for the manufacture of bespoke furniture and fit out of the new Clatterbridge Cancer Centre – Liverpool, the city’s first specialist cancer hospital.

The contract, Deanestor’s 16th for Laing O’Rourke, included the manufacture and installation of over 3,700 bespoke items of furniture, including full-height patient bay partitions, base and wall cabinets, wardrobes, worktops, staff kitchens and reception desks for each floor.

Its team also procured and installed over 5,000 other items for the new hospital – from mirrors and grabrails to lockers – fitting out around 800 rooms.

Designed by BDP, Clatterbridge Cancer Centre – Liverpool is located adjacent to the Royal Liverpool University Hospital and in the city’s Knowledge Quarter – a thriving medical, scientific and technology community.

As part of the contract Deanestor manufactured 50 specially-designed, freestanding screens which create individual patient spaces in the chemotherapy units and incorporate datacomms, power, medical gases, storage, and a recess for a curtain.

These floor-to-ceiling chair bay partitions give patients privacy in the open-plan treatment spaces while facilitating interaction in an open, light and welcoming environment.

They have an American oak finish, an opaque resin panel and laminated cabinets finished in colours from a palette used for each floor.

The design of the furniture will contribute to effective infection control and reduced maintenance

Commenting on the project, Abdul Moked, senior architect at BDP, said, “The quality of fitting out is so important in a healthcare environment and contributes to effective infection control and reduced maintenance.

“Deanestor also added value to the project with input in the design and the choice of materials, particularly for dimensional and thermal stability given the size of some of the items.

“The chair bay screens in the chemotherapy units, in particular, are absolutely stunning.

“The trust wanted a new concept and an alternative to cellular spaces and traditional patient cubicles and the freestanding bespoke joinery has completely changed the dynamic, bringing a new dimension to the chemotherapy treatment areas and the quality of the finish has definitely helped that.

“We are really pleased with how the design of these partitions allows daylight transmission in the open plan space while maintaining a sense of privacy – and facilitating interaction between patients and staff.”

Tim Holliday, director of the trust’s project managers, CCL Solutions, added: “The fit out looks fantastic.

“At Clatterbridge, Deanestor had good project management in place and was also able to source specialist items for the trust to overcome supply issues.

Many of the items were produced at Deanestor's Mansfield factory, reducing disruption on site

“Fixtures and fittings procured by the trust were delivered direct to the Deanestor factory to simplify logistics ahead of fitting out. This was a key benefit given the hospital’s city centre location and the need to reduce deliveries to site.”

Bespoke joinery provided by Deanestor included the manufacture and installation of 110 wardrobes with a wood grain finish to each of the single en-suite patient bedrooms, and 43 reception desks with storage for nursing stations.

In its fixed furniture package, Deanestor also manufactured, supplied and fitted 16 staff kitchens, worktops and storage units for consultant examination rooms, and lead-lined base and wall cabinets for the radiotherapy department.

In total, more than 1,100 cabinets were produced at Deanestor’s Mansfield factory for multiple rooms across the new facility.

The new hospital is the city's first specialist cancer facility

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