Modul’up flooring solution saves time and money for NHS trust

Forbo adhesive-free sheet vinyl flooring solution chosen for refurbishment of children's unit at Ormskirk District General Hospital

New flooring from Forbo was installed overnight in the children's ward and paediatric A&E unit at Ormskirk District General Hospital

Southport and Ormskirk NHS Hospital Trust chose Forbo Flooring Systems’ Modul’up adhesive-free sheet vinyl for the refurbishment of the children’s A&E and children’s ward at Ormskirk District General Hospital.

With hospitals in operation around the clock by patients, visitors and staff; it was vital that the new flooring solution offered a combination of optimal performance benefits, while being quick and easy to install to minimise both disruption and downtime.

William Svarfvar, capital project manager at the trust, said: “When we were first introduced to the concept of Modul’up, my main concern was whether the product actually worked.

“But, after visiting St James’s University Hospital in Leeds, which had used Modul’up in corridor areas, it was clear that the floors were faring well and there was no lasting damage from beds, foot or wheeled traffic – I was really impressed.

Beds are normally the root cause of flooring damage in hospitals as the shape of the wheels and the rolling up and down corridors can historically cause lasting impact on the floors

“We then decided to trial the product on an eight-ward refurbishment programme at our other hospital site, Southport & Formby District General Hospital, before then bringing it to the children’s A&E and children’s ward at Ormskirk following its success.

“For us at the NHS trust, the biggest advantages of Modul’up are its cost and time saving benefits.

The fact that it could be installed over existing floors and they didn’t need to be stripped up meant that the fitters were able to complete the job quickly and easily, saving over 50% on installation time, and, in turn, contributing to our cost savings.”

The Modul'up range is ideal for high-traffic applications, is easy to clean, and provides outstanding indentation resistance. The Dove colourway was chosen for the reception area and paediatric staff and changing facilities

Installed without the need for adhesives, tackifier or double-sided tape, Modul’up - part of Forbo’s Fast Fit collection - is a unique adhesive-free sheet vinyl that offers excellent dimensional stability.

Ideal for high-traffic applications, it is easy to clean and provides outstanding indentation resistance.

And, thanks to the double structural stabilisation system, whereby two layers of fibreglass fleece are incorporated within the construction - compared to only one layer in standard vinyl - the sheet vinyl will not curl, ruck, or roll once installed.

The Modul’up installation at Ormskirk Hospital took place during the A&E’s out of hours, between midnight and 8am.

The advantages of using the adhesive-free vinyl meant the usual constraints associated with adhesives were removed, such as setting and drying times and lingering odours, contributing to better indoor environments.

And, for hospital settings, where hygiene is of utmost importance; Modul’up was easily coved using a cove former and the same single-side tape system.

Due to the nature of hospitals, and particularly in the current climate, it’s important that tradespeople are able to get in and out as quickly as possible, and Modul’up enabled us to do this

Floors were also ready for use immediately after installation and the department could resume as normal when it reopened the following morning.

Speaking of the Modul’up installation, Dominic Gillies, account manager at Crown Flooring, said: “We completed the Modul’up installations overnight, Monday to Thursday, while the department was closed.

“The adhesive-free solution saved us a lot of time as we did not need to prepare the subfloor and it was really easy to lay it over the existing vinyl.

“Due to the nature of hospitals, and particularly in the current climate, it’s important that tradespeople are able to get in and out as quickly as possible, and Modul’up enabled us to do this.”

Svarfvar adds: “In terms of the design, the Modul’up Compact collection hosts a wide array of finishes.

“The concrete and wooden plank effects offer a neutral alternative to the bright colours that are used throughout the paediatrics department.

“Part of the trust’s design strategy is to design dementia-friendly environments where possible throughout our hospitals, so for this reason we have installed the Polar and Dove colourways in a number of areas, as it offers the recommended difference of Light Reflectance Value (LRV) between the floors and walls.”

The concrete and wooden plank effects offer a neutral alternative to the bright colours that are used throughout the paediatrics department

Modul’up Oak in Polar was installed in the A&E waiting areas, circulation spaces and side rooms as the plank detailing, combined with the natural aesthetics of the oak shade, offers a more-contemporary design.

Meanwhile, the Dove colourway was chosen for the reception area and the paediatrics staff and changing facilities.

At the end of its service life, Modul’up is easy to uplift and reuse, or remove and recycle, offering a truly-sustainable solution.

Svarfvar said: “Beds are normally the root cause of flooring damage in hospitals as the shape of the wheels and the rolling up and down corridors can historically cause lasting impact on the floors.

“With Modul’up, the product provided outstanding indentation resistance and I have not noticed any defects at all since its installation.”

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