We were approached by contractors Triton Construction, with whom we have a long-standing working relationship, and asked to price up the relevant decorating works as part of their tender for this contract. Our input was therefore integral to their successful bid.
Lynfield Mount is a hospital which provides nursing treatment for male and female patients with dementia, learning disabilities or other mental health issues, patients detained under the Mental Health Act, and those who require treatment for substance misuse or eating disorders. Accommodation is provided across seven, single sex, low security wards, including admission, rehabilitation and long stay wards.
The hospital was shut down to enable a full refurbishment, with specifications for the project drawn up in conjunction with a designer and an architect, in order to ensure the facility could better meet the needs of the long term patients with dementia.
We decorated the hospital’s corridors, wards, offices, toilets and a café area for the staff and public, applying emulsion to the walls and ceilings and gloss to the woodwork after preparing the surfaces, and using products suitable for a high traffic environment.
The colour schemes and other decorative details had been designed to provide the best possible environment for the patients with dementia, so we were asked to paint specific doors in different colours. This colour coding was to enable patients to better find their way around the hospital, so it was very important that this was done exactly to the specifications we were given.
Beside the standard door to each ward is an extra wide half height door through which beds are moved in and out of the room. In order to make these half doors blend into the wall, we painted them with a gloss paint in the same colour as the eggshell we used on the adjacent wall.
We then painted in architectural details such as an architrave, so that the half height door became hidden to the eye and the finished visual effect was that each room only has a standard door.
We also painted picture frames onto the wall next to each of the ward doors which hold patient photos, helping patients to find their own room easily, and we applied specialist wallpaper created from an artist’s mural of local scenes, to five walls in the hospital.
Patients were being cared for at alternative facilities for the duration of the works, so the building needed to be brought back into use as soon as possible. In order to complete the project within the required timescale, we ensured that between five and 15 people were working on site at any given time, and staff worked unsocial hours and weekends as required.
Our site manager Peter Alexander attended weekly or twice weekly meetings on site with Neil Whitehead and Nick Vale from Triton and representatives from the hospital to check on progress, and we quickly completed a snagging list provided at the end of the job.
The finished job transformed the hospital and provided an environment much more suitable for the needs of the resident patients.