Door installation in a London research Centre

The Centre, which brings together world-class researchers in life and physical sciences, had a full refit, and includes our hygienic hinged and sliding timber-free doors, plus some hygienic stainless-framed windows.

Our hygienic stainless frames windows are double and multiple glazes with an ultra-clean flush surface. Our windows are constructed with two outer panes of 6mm thick glass which have a flush fitting on both sides of the frame. The frames are constructed from polished stainless steels with no fixings or screws to maximise hygiene.

4 years on and our doors look as good as the day they were installed plus, the most important point, great feedback from the users of the facility on how easy our doors were to keep clean.

Specialist research laboratory doors for a world renowned facility

VP of US Operations, Michael O’Rourke Comment: “We are extremely proud to have been part of this project and to support research at this facility.  From the outset, the project teams focus was solely on supporting researchers and giving them the best possible facility to carry out their life saving and life changing studies. Research undertaken at St Jude in Memphis saves children’s lives around the world. To play a small part in supporting such a facility fills all at Dortek with great pride.”

Facility Note:

“The Advanced Research Center will play a substantial role in new scientific discoveries as the new home to several shared resources, including a biorepository, advanced microscopy and gene editing. There, top scientists from around the world will have leading-edge resources and opportunities to pursue breakthroughs in a space that fosters teamwork and generates new ideas.”

LSP Note: LSP are the leading supplier of clean construction materials for laboratory facilities in the US. Dortek and LSP have worked in partnership since 2016 and continue to support the biomedical research industry.

The Royal Liverpool University Hospital

Brief

The hospital required new operating theatre doors as part of a major refurbishment. The upgrade was an essential part of the trust’s strategy to drive infection control and operating efficiency across its theatres. Dortek were asked to replace the existing timber doors with a more functional and hygienic alternative to meet these goals.

Solution

Dortek supplied and installed specialist hermetic sliding doors with automation for easy access. These doors have a unique hermetically sealing gasket system which gives them a 99% air tight seal. After installing the doors the hospital were able to reduce the volume of clean air fed into the theatres by over 20%. The air, which has to be regulated and controlled for particulates, humidity and temperature, is a considerable expense per cubic metre, so the long term cost saved from this were significant. As well as delivering operational efficiency, Dortek doors have a smooth and void free surface. This prevents them from harbouring bacteria and makes them easy to clean for flawless hygiene and infection control.

The Francis Crick Institute

Brief

The Crick required hygienic door solutions and automation systems to be installed throughout the facility.

Solution

Dortek designed and installed more than 500 bespoke hygienic doors and automation systems throughout the facility. This included non fire rated and fire rated single action and sliding doors & hermetically sealing sliding doors. Our doors were essential for providing protection across hazardous fire areas. Our void-free doors are also hygienic, easy to clean, non-absorbent and do not harbour bacteria. This makes them ideally suited to research laboratories that are sensitive to contamination.

The London Clinic

Brief

The trust required specialist hybrid operating theatre doors for its new hybrid operating suite. The hybrid theatre provides the surgical technology to enable surgeons to switch between open vascular surgery and endovascular surgery as necessary, with full real-time imaging support.

Solution

Dortek’s hygienic operating theatre doors were installed in theatre areas with x-ray protection to accommodate x-ray equipment. Doors were also automated to allow staff to open and close them without touching to reduce the risk of infection. Dortek hybrid operating theatre doors can combine a number of key properties all in one hygienic door. Whether it’s x-ray rated, automated, fire-rated, waterproof or hermetically sealing sliding, these doors were a versatile solution for this new breed of hybrid operating theatres.

London Aquatics Centre

Brief

Hygienic door systems were required for the pool and changing areas.

Solution

Dortek supplied GRP waterproof doors with bespoke frames to fit flush with the walls. GRP doors have a completely encapsulated one-piece moulded construction with no joins or seams so the door panel will not peel or delaminate.

Mercy Hospital

Brief

The main focus is private elective surgery with six theatres, a two-bed ICU facility, forty-one inpatient beds, twenty-four day surgery beds, six-day surgery chairs along with a fully equipped Cardiac Catheterisation Lab. The architects needed fire rated sliding doors for operating theatres on this project. As there was tight space, hinged doors would take up too much swing room in the corridors so the sliding doors were an ideal solution for ease of entry for trolley bed access to the theatres. The doors also needed to have a fire rating to the New Zealand fire standards as they were being used in a fire-rated wall and Dortek were able to provide all the necessary certification for these door types. As these were operating theatres, the doors need to be of a high hygienic standard.

Solution

Mercy Hospital new operating theatres required fire rated sliding doors to meet New Zealand Fire Certification codes but also offer high hygienic standards for operating theatres. Dortek were able to provide our hygienic GRP fire rated sliding doors with auto opening and safety sensors.

Parap Swimming Pool

Brief

The aim of the redevelopment project was to become FINA compliant. The Parap Swimming Pool in Darwin, Australia needed watertight and corrosion-resistant doors that would not rot, rust, warp, swell or corrode. These doors were going to be used in external areas where they were exposed to chlorine swimming pool water, natural rainwater and high temperatures from sun exposure so they wanted doors that would withstand the conditions but also adaptable to the architecture aesthetic finish.

Solution

Dortek were able to supply their GRP doors and frames to the project as it was a necessity for the doors to be water and corrosion-resistant. Additional requirements were that some of the doors be located externally and able to withstand exposure to the sun and hot temperatures.

Genzyme

Brief

Having worked in Sanofi facilities around the world, Dortek were trusted to provide door solutions for an expansion at its facility in Framingham. The facility required a hygienic door solution that can easily integrate in cleanroom panel systems.

Solution

Dortek are supplying swing doors into a cleanroom panelling system. Working with the project architects, our technical sales team helped to develop the specification for this project. Biotech cleanrooms require the highest level of hygiene, Dortek’s seamless, void free GRP doors are ideally suited to this facility and industry.

CHU Hospital

Brief

The university hospital required hygienic door systems for clinical areas across its new facility. The new building which is twice the size of the current area includes 13 operating theatres, 68 intensive care beds, 98 hospital beds for cardiology, neurology, emergency surgery and a helipad.

Solution

Dortek supplied and installed specialist hygienic FRP hinged and sliding doors and double action fire doors. Dortek’s FRP hospital doors have a timber free, seamless gelcoat surface which prevents them from harbouring bacteria and makes them easy to clean for flawless hygiene and infection control. This project was completed by our partner Erpor’t.

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