Vila Nova de Gaia/Espinho Hospital Centre
The Vila Nova de Gaia/Espinho Hospital Centre in Porto features a new 8000m2 maternity building which includes an Obstetric and Gynaecological Emergency Service, a delivery block equipped with nine individual delivery rooms, two operating theatres, a Neonatology unit, and 82 patient rooms. Designed by Manuel Abreu e Lima Architects and built by Ferreira Build Power contractors at a cost of 14.6 million euros, the facility was constructed to the highest standards with CS Acrovyn wall protection range specified to help maintain the highest levels of hygiene and protect interiors from impact damage.
Opened in March 2022, the facility was designed with patient well-being, durability and ease of maintenance in mind. CS Acrovyn® Bactericide Sheet was selected for the facility to provide a hygienic, impact-resistant wall finish. A total of 6542m2 of this 2mm-thick wall covering was applied to full wall height in the hospital’s corridors and waiting areas. Acrovyn Bactericide has been third party tested to ISO 22196 and proven to be effective against 7 of the most common species of hospital and food bacteria. The anti-microbial additive incorporated in the sheet remains effective throughout the product’s long lifespan and will not be affected by most stringent cleaning regimes.
This through-coloured material, as well as showing superb durability, features a lightly textured surface which helps to hide the effects of impact and abrasion. Installed flush with vinyl flooring, Acrovyn® Bactericide creates an easy to clean and maintain environment. .
To provide additional protection against impact damage from beds and other hospital equipment a selection of Acrovyn wall protection profiles were chosen for the project. 1100 metres of Acrovyn SCR-80 crash rails were installed at mid-wall height throughout the circulation areas. The 203mm- high profiles offer a modern aesthetic and feature a curved cover and internal bumper cushion to effectively absorb the force of impact. Acrovyn TP-200 Rub Rails and – Acrovyn SO-50 corner guards used on external corners complete the wall protection scheme.
All Acrovyn products were specified in a neutral Eggshell colour, complementing other interior finishes and helping to create a soothing and calming environment for patients, staff and visitors.
The interior fabric of hospitals and healthcare facilities should always be designed to a level of quality and durability that will endure many decades. The specification of CS Acrovyn wall protection in the new maternity building in Porto will offer savings throughout the building’s lifecycle, while providing a clean and welcoming environment for the safety and wellbeing of patients and staff.