Steps towards sustainability

Steps towards sustainability


ICI Dulux explains how it worked with Carillion to achieve the ‘Natural Step’ approach to sustainability, in the interiors of the new PFI hospital for Swindon.

As part of the overall process to tackle the sustainability challenges in the construction of the The Great Western Hospital in Swindon, design and build contractor Carillion Building Special Projects approached ICI Dulux Trade to discuss how best it could support the project in terms of decorating requirements.

The project, which commenced on site in September 1999, is due for completion in November 2002. It is being developed for the Swindon and Marlborough NHS Trust, and the new 100m building will replace the existing Swindon hospital.

Having worked in close partnership with The Natural Step, an international charity that helps organisations address sustainability strategically, Carillion developed a Sustainability Action Plan, and as a result, looked to work with manufacturers that could offer more sustainable solutions.

The painting of The Great Western started recently, overseen by a collaboration between Carillion, architect Whicheloe MacFarlane MDP and ICI Dulux Trade. The latter provided Carillion with assistance in preparing detailed product performance specifications to ensure products would meet the extended maintenance cycles and cost effectiveness requirements. Part of this process saw the firm supporting the undertaking of mock-up wards, set up by Carillion to assess appearance and performance of the finishes as well as test practical clean ups.

One of the fundamental requirements of the procurement process was to ensure strict environmental considerations were met, and this led to waterbased paints being specified.

Another essential consideration was the need for the manufacturer to offer an innovative solution in reducing waste in packaging and material used during construction, and to achieve this, ICI Dulux Trade worked closely with both Carillion and ICI Dulux’s decorator centres.

An ICI Dulux Trade project team also worked in conjunction with the interior design team from Whicheloe MacFarlane MDP, to help select colour schemes from the Dulux Colour Palette range. The interior designer created an ‘earth to sky’ scheme that comprises strong natural earth tones at ground level, relaxing greens on the middle floors through to sky blues and purples at the top of the hospital.

Each colour tone was selected to complement the interior design of the hospital, as well as having positive psychological effects for patients and staff.

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