The light is shining on the new mothers at Lincoln County Hospital where a replacement window scheme has included the installation of Pilkington Activ™ self-cleaning glass.
The five-storey maternity block at the hospital is undergoing a rolling programme to eventually replace all of the existing timber pivot windows with Kawneer 601 Series aluminium frames with top hung opening lights. So far, around 30% of the project has been completed, with the windows fabricated, supplied and installed by Lincolnshire Architectural Glazing (LAG), using IGUs supplied by Uniglaze2 of Norfolk.
“We initially contacted Uniglaze2 and they produced a detailed sheet of what was required, which included Pilkington Activ™ glass,” comments Gerald Audis of LAG. “The self-cleaning properties of the glass were an essential element in the specification, as the size of the hospital made it very difficult in terms of access to constantly ensure that the windows were regularly cleaned. There was also the cost consideration of cleaning such a large amount of windows. Pilkington Activ™ offered the ideal solution.”
Pilkington Activ™ has a very simple but very effective method of working. Organic dirt particles on the surface of the glass are broken down. The specially developed hydrophilic coating causes rainwater to sheet rather than form beads, thus washing the surface of the glass removing loosened dirt (both organic & inorganic) and reducing the amount of streaking. The coating breaks down and loosens dirt that has settled on the glass, ensuring that rainwater covers the surface evenly.
“The benefits of Pilkington Activ™ are being increasingly recognised by the public sector as the properties of the glass make it the ideal solution for large buildings such as the Lincoln Hospital,” says Julia Berkin, marketing and communications manager of Pilkington Building Products UK. “This product is proving itself to be one of the most important innovations to be presented to the construction industry in the last few years, with more and more people automatically specifying the glass for their projects.”
The hospital is run and managed by United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, one of the largest in the country, running eight hospitals. The replacement window programme is due to be completed on time, with Pilkington Activ™ playing a major role in the proceedings, saving the Trust time and money in the long run.