Britplas Safevent window chosen for hospital redevelopment


Product used to enhance patient environment at newly-revamped St Ann's Hospital

Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust has chosen the latest iteration of Britplas’ Safevent window for the new buildings at St Ann’s Hospital in Haringey as part of a significant redevelopment of the site.

As part of a competitive tendering process, the trust conducted a thorough project-specific review of all window options with the Safevent Access with Multask handle emerging as the product of choice.

Since its invention in 2006, the Safevent window has been installed in hundreds of mental health facilities across the UK to become one of the leading specialist products in its sector.

The window design has been continually improved during this time, evolving through eight models while retaining its core features of anti-ligature design, natural light and ventilation, and patient control.

The most-recent improvements to the product have seen the introduction of the patented Multask handle, which provides the functionality of an opening winder, patient thumb lock, and staff lock within a single, stainless steel, anti-ligature component.

The windows are helping to flood the building with natural light while keeping service users safe

The windows are helping to flood the building with natural light while keeping service users safe

The windows at St Ann’s are some of the largest Safevents ever installed at 2.1m high, with the oversize products helping to create dramatic elevations as well as boosting light levels in the new facility.

Installation work was carried out while the remainder of the campus remained a live facility, with Integrated Health Projects managing the site as the project’s main contractor.

“We are delighted to have been appointed as the trust’s fenestration partner for this landmark project” said Britplas’s head of sales, Neil Guest.

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“The new wards at St Ann’s represent the latest thinking in design for mental health and the specification of Safevent windows reinforces our position at the leading edge of product design and development in this sector.”