Sound health at Ulster Hospital

The £108million Inpatient Ward Block is a beacon for new healthcare provision in Northern Ireland and is being constructed by the GRAHAM-BAM Healthcare Partnership.

It will incorporate 288 single bedrooms, each with an en suite bathroom; a new day surgery department including four state-of-the-art operating theatres and an endoscopy suite; and support services, including a new pharmacy department and café.

The technical team from Saint-Gobain Ecophon worked closely with the GRAHAM-BAM Healthcare Partnership and the installation company, Oakleaf Contracts, at the design stages of the project to create an effective, bespoke solution for the new hospital.

“This is a major healthcare development and we are delighted to be associated with it,” explained Alan Crampton, Regional Sales Manager Ireland for Saint-Gobain Ecophon. “We have worked on this project, on and off, for the last two years, so it is great to see it finally move onto site. There was a very specific brief and we had to prove how our solutions would work effectively.”

Stephen Young, Design Manager at GRAHAM-BAM Healthcare Partnership, praised the work of Ecophon on the project.web ecophon ulster_DSC3906

“Working with manufacturers at the design stage is vital to the success of any project,” he said. “Ecophon were extremely helpful and their input at the design stages was useful, as it allowed us to finalise all the details with the design team. They also provided all the samples that we required to create a mock-up suite for approval by the client.

“Work is progressing well ahead of an Autumn 2016 handover and this initial design work certainly helped this.”

Saint-Gobain Ecophon supplied Hygiene Meditec E for the bedrooms and corridors of the new hospital and Hygiene Clinic E in the bedrooms, corridors and other areas within the new healthcare facility.

Ecophon Hygiene Meditec A C1 is a wall-to- wall, sound-absorbing ceiling system and, as it is intended for environments where disinfection and/or cleaning is required on a regular basis it was the perfect choice for the Ulster Hospital. The system is classified B1 and B5 for zone 4 according to standard NF S 90-351 and clean room classified according ISO 5.

Complementing this range was the Ecophon Hygiene Clinic E. Like the Hygiene Meditec E range, Clinic E is also a wall-to-wall, sound-absorbing ceiling system intended for healthcare applications where a standard suspended ceiling system is required, but where strict functional requirements are needed.

For more information, contact Alan Crampton, Regional Manager Ireland, Saint-Gobain Ecophon on 012 5685 0977/ 07979 703421, e-mail or visit