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Introductions

Gravesham Community Hospital is part of Kent Community Health NHS Trust and one of the largest NHS community health providers in England, serving a population of about 1.4 million across Kent and 600,000 in East Sussex and London employing more than 5,000 staff.

In 2019, we were very pleased to be approached to undertake emergency fire upgrades to Gravesham Community Hospital. The scope of works consisted of Cavity Barrier enhancements to the 6 mains blocks with further fabric improvements including Class O upgrades to the external cladding. 

 

Each block required bespoke scaffolding with protective shrouding to prevent weather damage.  We used MEWP trained operatives experienced in the Man Safe System (working at height) to access all other external areas of each block. 

 

We removed the cladding from Ground, First and Second Floors to allow the installation of the cavity barrier system. At each stage of the process an Approved Fire Engineer inspected the quality and integrity of the fire improvement works to certify that they we fire compliant and only when this work was passed could we replace the cladding.

 

Due to the cladding requiring a Class O fire rating a 5-coat paint system and the inclement weather, we used industrial piped heating systems to maintain a constant temperature within the shrouding to ensure a certified Class O rating was achieved. 

 

We held weekly meetings with Imagile’s Project Manager who monitored and reviewed all aspects of the project from start to finish.  Pleasingly, the project was completed on time and within budget.  We achieved the Class O and Fire Barrier Upgrade statutory compliance standards required with all certification presented to the client at handover.

Cavity Barrier Fire Upgrade including a Class 0 fire retardant coating systems