By adopting a UZIN system over 2000 square metres of flooring was renovated without having to close down the Starlight Children’s Ward within Wythenshawe Hospital.


Building type Hospitals (UK)
Date 12.10.2018
Area 2000 m2
Country United Kingdom

The challenge:

Wythenshawe Hospital provides hospital services and community services across South Manchester and beyond. The Starlight Children’s Unit at the hospital provides care for children aged 0-16 needing a hospital stay for medical treatment or surgery. However the floor at the Starlight Children’s Ward was in need of refurbishment. Wythenshawe Hospital therefore needed to renovate the floor across the entire unit but didn’t want to close down the ward so important care could be maintained during the overhaul. It was important that the renovation was quick, clean and caused as little disturbance as possible so as not to interrupt the treatment provided by the hospital. Wythenshawe Hospital is also dedicated to sustainability so required a low emission flooring installation. 

The Starlight Children’s Unit occupies over 2000 square metres and the paediatric inpatient ward has capacity for 24 children with a mixture of beds and single cubicles, mostly with en-suite facilities. Other facilities include a high dependency unit for up to two patients, a school room, an adolescent room, a sensory room and parents’ room. All the floors in these areas had to be renovated.

The solution / implementation:

With such diverse requirements, the flooring contractor Momentum Flooring worked with both the hospital and UZIN to help find a solution.  With UZIN’s unique product systems, the new safety covering could be installed without having to remove the old floor. Momentum Flooring also worked in stages so areas within the ward could be kept running, whilst keeping any disturbances to a minimum.  It also avoided any excessive dirt, dust and noise during the renovation. All the UZIN products used have also awarded an EC 1 plus certification for being totally solvent-free and meet the requirements for occupational health and safety.

With Sigan 1 adhesive tape the new vinyl safety flooring was applied directly onto the existing substrate after it was skimmed with UZIN NC 888 S feather coat and primed with Planus. Remur adhesive tape was also used to install all the vinyl skirting throughout the ward. The new floor was ready for foot traffic immediately which allowed the wards to be used whilst the refurbishment took place. The old floor can be removed quickly and easily, without leaving any residue or adhesive behind.  

The result:

The Starlight Children’s Unit is child-friendly centre designed specifically to help young patients feel welcome. By utilising a UZIN system the floor was refurbished whilst vital patient care could be sustained. The new floor was also exceptionally well finished with intricate designs and patterns inserted into the floor. This has helped enhance the ward, creating a warm and welcome environment for children and their parents.

“UZIN have the expertise and systems to help find a solution to any problem. The Sigan system allowed us to install the floor without closing down the ward."

Chris Keher

Director, Momentum Flooring Services Ltd

Products used

UZIN Sigan 1 High-performance adhesive for larger areas (special foil carrier)

Fast adhesion of new coverings onto levelling compounds and chipboard

  • quick and easy installation
  • no trapped air bubbles thanks to micro-perforation and ventilation channels
  • floor covering is immediately ready for foot traffic and loading
  • can be welded / jointed immediately
  • later removal leaves no residues

UZIN NC 888 S Feather Coat

Rapid drying feather coat for filling and patching before floor covering work for thicknesses from 0 to 4 mm

  • now with better adhesion and smoother finish
  • from a ”feather-edge” up to 4 mm thickness
  • no primer required
  • extremely rapid drying
  • excellent surface finish
  • fine aggregate

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