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The Perfect Partnership for HMP Doncaster

The Perfect Partnership for HMP Doncaster

Thomas Dudley

The Project HMP & YOI Doncaster houses up to 1,145 Category B inmates. Serco, who have been operating the prison since 2004, noticed that a large number of in cell WC pans and basins were being damaged, they enlisted the help of TYDE.Our specialists worked with Serco's Facility Management Team to develop bespoke Dudley Resan WC backplates, basins and basin brackets. The solution delivered has proven to be exceptionally hard-wearing whilst saving both time and money.HMP & YOI Doncaster cells were previously fitted with Armitage Shanks Portland WC pans and ceramic basins plus Mazak basin brackets. Despite the brackets being tested to 150Kg and breaking at around 200Kg, they were coupled with the expectedly fragile ceramic basins and were unable to withstand the heavy treatment to which they were being exposed. The decision was therefore taken to replace Portland WC pans with Resan models. The prison walls are robustly constructed from concrete so any replacement products needed to be easily retrofittable. In addition, when ceramic sanitaryware shatters, the resulting fragments are extremely sharp and present an obvious and significant security risk. Under the terms of the management contract, Serco loses revenue of around £300 for every night that a cell is left out of service whilst broken sanitaryware is being replaced.Our team began by talking to Serco about the breakages and the resulting operational problems. Site visits were also completed as part of the process in order to better understand the project requirements. The first problem to be addressed was the weakness of the basins and support brackets. Serco confirmed that the previously specified Portland basin had been discontinued by Armitage Shanks.In order to provide a solution, TYDE’s design team exploited state-of-the-art CAD/CAM and rapid prototyping capabilities to configure an alternative. Moulds were then produced along with a sample basin for approval. The Thomas Dudley Group includes an award-winning engineering foundry. Here, the team set about developing a new bracket to support the newly designed basin. Engineered using an exceptionally strong grade of ductile iron, this provided far greater durability than the old Mazak bracket. Whilst a WC pan from the existing Resan range provided a compatible replacement for the Portland ceramic pans, a bespoke stainless steel backplate was needed in order to comply with the installation requirements approved by Serco. Bespoke anti-swivel taps completed the package.The partnership with TYDE and the bespoke products that have been developed have enabled Serco to realise significant benefits:90% reduction in the number of basins and brackets broken95% reduction in the number of WC pans broken40% reduction in typical replacement sanitaryware installation time90% reduction in revenue lost due to cell downtimeConvenience of being able to order WC pans, basins, brackets and other products from a single source of supplySecurity of and responsiveness of supply via TYDE’s customer-driven stock agreements which provide the reassurance of knowing that a guaranteed, predetermined stock level will be maintained for every specified productTHE FUTURESerco are actively evaluating ways in which the partnership with TYDE can be extended. TYDE's market-leading concealed cisterns range which are compatible with Resan WC pans are being considered along with the potential to provide solutions across other Serco controlled institutions.Testimonial“We have developed a trusted partnership with the team at TYDE, one that has helped us achieve the goal of reducing lost revenue whilst providing a robust alternative to typical sanitaryware that proved costly to replace”Tim Wilman, FM Deputy Director Justice and Immigration UK&E, Serco
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Acoustic Solutions for The Armitage Rooms at the historic Queens College, Cambridge

Acoustic Solutions for The Armitage Rooms at the historic Queens College, Cambridge

Allsfar

The brief was to transform the existing dated and disjointed space into a modern, inspiring and functional interior for students to work both individually and as groups. The space had to be flexible so it could be used for focussed work, group study as well as for meetings and events. With such a wide remit, managing the acoustics in the space was paramount and we were thrilled that our ceiling baffles were chosen to deliver acoustic comfort to this historic space.
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Stepping Hill Hospital shingle design created using EQUITONE facade materials

Stepping Hill Hospital shingle design created using EQUITONE facade materials

EQUITONE

DAY Architectural Ltd and contractor Armitage collaborated with EQUITONE to carry out the refurbishment of the restaurant at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport. The shingle design was created using EQUITONE [natura] in an overlap formation of multiple colours, including Summer Haze, Muted Yellow and Pale Mist.
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Perry Barr Railway Station, Birmingham

Perry Barr Railway Station, Birmingham

Genesis Global Systems Limited

Perry Barr Train Station has been refurbished for theupcoming Commonwealth Games, which are beingheld in Birmingham.The Pathway Guidance System has been specifiedto help blind and partially sighted people aroundthe train station.The traditional 6mm diameter shank method or 3Madhered versions offer an incredibly versatile systemthat can provide an instant DDA and Equality Act 2010compliant tactile surface to any platform edge, stairwayor ramp due to their unique installation methods.This allows full utilisation of all facilities, with guidesdirecting to important points i.e., ticket offices andlifts to platforms.The once small, plain and dated site is now anexpanded rust coloured building with a modern finish.Installed by Luke Boorer, Richard Howells, RossNiedzielski, Oli Wilkins, Mark Lawrence, and Will Dollingfrom the Genesis Global Systems team.
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Glasgow Royal Infirmary University Tower for NHS

Glasgow Royal Infirmary University Tower for NHS

Norwood Group Limited

PROJECT OVERVIEWAs part of an extensive refurbishment scheme to modernise and transform Glasgow Royal Infirmary University Tower, Norwood were specified by architects Armitage Associates in partnership with main contractors Balfour Beatty Scottish and Southern Ltd. NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde commissioned the £12.5 million project to significantly improve efficiency within the University Tower. SCOPE OF WORK The transformation included creation of the new state-of-the-art laboratory, as well as a plant room and an impressive glazed vertical ‘eyebrow’, which was installed on the north elevation to enable hospital staff spectacular views of the city within dedicated break-out zones. We were involved from an early stage in the design process and successfully developed a unique internal wall lining system which allowed the interior of the building to be upgraded whilst reflecting the features of the building exterior. From the outset Norwood understood the Royal Infirmary’s need to work within exceptional project and budget control whilst utilising a new bespoke system for the client. The system’s intelligent functionality was developed and manufactured specifically for the University Tower and as such perfectly demonstrates the capabilities and adaptability of our partitions. We also provided our steel door sets.

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