PSE Interiors carried out the Partitioning, Suspended Ceiling and Joinery installation within the new extension to the Emergency Department at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading.

Following a tendering process arranged by the Hospital Management team, we were pleased to win the contract for all the building work within the proposed refurbished area. The agreed programme for the project was tight, and we appreciated the commitment required by our staff to achieve the target.

The extension to the Emergency Department was to be incorporated within the existing building structure replacing redundant office accommodation. Our contract began with the careful removal of unwanted partitioning and ceilings and disposal from the site.

New partition walls were all erected up to the underside of the structural ceiling, constructed using the Komfort Komfire 100 partitioning system. This type of wall construction is ideal for the hospital environment where privacy is important between the clinic rooms.

Door units were all purpose-made constructed with a solid core and finished with a polished ash veneer. Door frames, architraves and stop were all solid ash to match.

With the partitioning, all erected and the electrical and mechanical services installed at a high level, it was time to fit the suspended ceiling within all the various clinic areas. The ceiling tiles used were from the Armstrong Optima range. These tiles are 600 x 600mm square, laid within a white Armstrong Prelude XL 15 exposed grid, and are perfect for these areas due to their excellent sound absorption properties.

Due to the extra potential fire risk within the storerooms, the British Gypsum Casoline MF suspended ceiling system was installed. This system uses a galvanised steel framework fixed to the building structure covered with a double layer of 12.5mm thick plasterboard.

With the walls decorated with emulsion painted and a suitable vinyl floor laid by a specialist contractor, the contract came to an end on time and to the satisfaction of all concerned.