A hotel feel in a hospital setting

The Harbour Mental Health Hospital


The Harbour Mental Health Hospital is safe, secure and attractive

Two coat Thistle plaster helps make the hospital walls hard-wearing and impact resistant.

“Due to the nature of the building, it was vital to ensure the well-being and safety of the staff, patients and visitors at The Harbour. While a key focus was on the robustness of the build, our aim for the project was to create an environment that had a hotel look, feel and layout, rather than a hospital. We created a wander loop design, which is a continuous curved wall structure from the inside out, limiting shadows and removing obstacles such as abrupt doors that can have negative impacts on a patient’s stay.

Mark Cowpland - Gilling Dod Architects

The products specified allowed us to balance cost with quality, limiting maintenance costs for the project in the future. Alongside fire performance acoustics were a key concern for us. Patient privacy and confidentiality are extremely important, and variations in sound can be a real issue. We needed quality products, with proven results and the specified plaster gives greater acoustic performance, creating a peaceful and private environment.

Nigel Plant - Senior Project Manager – VINCI Construction UK

The two-coat plaster solution took much less time than the dot and dab method, and was necessary due to the size of the job. The technical support and backup from British Gypsum sets them apart from other manufacturers, and alongside the right workforce, pace and cost, the products ensured we had an excellent finished project.

John Brown - Contracts Manager – Preston Drylining
  • Client: Lancashire Care NHS Trust
  • Main Contractor: VINCI Construction UK
  • Specialist contractor: Preston Drylining
  • Architect: Gilling Dod
British Gypsum - The Harbour Mental Health Hospital, Blackpool

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