Healthcare case study, ComFlor®
Client: NHS Fife
Main contractor: Balfour Beatty
Steelwork contractor: Severfield-Reeve Structures
Decking installer: Fisher Engineering
Decking system: ComFlor® 51
Victoria Hospital, one of two acute care hospitals in Fife, has been serving the public since the 1960s. As part of NHS Fife’s overall strategy to modernise health services in the acute and community sectors a major new wing of 50,000m2 was constructed, creating a first-class facility for staff and patients alike.
Unlike the 1960s Victoria Hospital buildings, dominated by a large rectangular tower block, the new wing was designed as a waveform. In order to accommodate the undulating wave-like western façade of the new wing the steelwork was erected around a 7m x 8.1m grid. A floor deck solution was required that was both suitable for fast track projects and which would meet the stringent fire safety standards of a hospital building.
The new wing at Victoria Hospital features 50,000m2 of ComFlor® 51 shallow composite profile floor deck. Manufactured in factory-controlled conditions, ComFlor® 51 is a robust, made-to-measure shallow, dovetail re-entrant composite floor deck that can be installed quickly and efficiently.
The strong shear bond performance and excellent structural performance of ComFlor® 51 make it ideal for a facility that will see thousands of people pass through it every day.
Coupled with its structural performance, ComFlor® 51 presents a virtually flat soffit and a relatively thin slab, enabling it to meet stringent fire design requirements.