﻿Radiant ceiling heating services new hospital
Radiant heating for the new maternity centre and cancer centre at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire, which replaces original Victorian facilities, is provided by 1300 linear metres of HCP panels in the ceilings. Michael Malone, associate with HKS architects, explains. ‘The decision to use ceiling-mounted radiant-heating panels was made very early in the design process. The product allowed us to lay out the clinical spaces efficiently and ergonomically without the restraints of including a traditional radiator.
‘The flexibility of the product allowed us to incorporate the radiant-heating panels into the ceiling design and improved our ability to co-ordinate the services with the aesthetics of the building.’
Radiant-heating panels are increasingly being specified in the healthcare sector. The use of such flat panels makes hospital wards easier to clean, reducing the risk of cross infection associated with traditional wall-mounted units. Wall and floor space is also freed up.
HCP radiant-heating solutions were also supplied to other areas of the hospital, including the diagnosis and treatment centres, the central sterile-services department and the linen store.