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11th March 2015

Polarís Tyne and Wansbeck mental healthcare windows have been specified at the new £46 million North Ayrshire Acute Mental Health and Community Hospital, Polarís second major healthcare project in Scotland.


Polar was selected to work with main contractor Balfour Beatty at the site in Irvine, for NHS Ayrshire & Arran. Polarís contract, worth £1.1 million, commenced in January 2015. It includes the supply and fitting of specialist windows, external doors and curtain walling for the new, single-storey facility, which contains 206 individual bedrooms for mental healthcare requirements.

More than 200 of Polarís specialist ligature reduction windows are being installed, and there are two main ranges being specified: the Tyne Secure and the Wansbeck Secure. The Tyne Secure will be in all of the hospitalís bedroom areas, due to its ability to withstand sustained attack from inside or outside, yet with an aesthetically pleasing appearance, three-position window opening function and stainless steel mesh for ventilation. The mesh sashes on these units can be opened for thorough cleaning of all glass and mesh areas to meet infection control standards. The Wansbeck Secure (with restricted window opening) will be featured in other areas around the hospital, such as courtyards, administration and office sections and other managed areas.


Polar business development director John Wilson commented: ďThis is our second major project in Scotland and a positive indication of the growing reputation of our ligature reduction range and the quality and workmanship of our fabrication and installation teams. We are delighted to be associated with such a key project for Scotland.Ē

Polar is also fitting external doors for the North Ayrshire project, including a combination of manual and automated variants. Extensive curtain walling is also being fitted, and Polarís work on site is due to be completed by July 2015.