The old St. Mary’s Hospital in Parklands, Johannesburg, was recently transformed to Life Springs Parkland.
The old St. Mary’s Hospital in Parklands, Johannesburg, was recently transformed to Life Springs Parkland. The project consisted of a new 2 600m² consulting suite block, designed to accommodate existing doctors from the adjacent houses and attract new doctors.
Lafarge Gypsum’s innovative partitioning and ceiling solutions are able to deliver thermal, acoustic, moisture and fire-rated requirements. Johannesburg-based A3 Architects used these products to achieve the high spec design the new hospital building required.
The project team worked on a maternity ward of 2 400m² situated on the first floor of the new building, with the ground floor consisting of two overflow wards for Life Springs Parklands. Justin Behrendt, an associate at A3 Architects in Johannesburg, highlighted A3 Architect’s use of Lafarge Gypsum.
“The bulkheads on the ground floor were designed for both aesthetics and to assist with separation of service areas. Our goal in designing the ceilings in this manner was to offset the lighting to create a softer feel in the ward itself,” says Behrendt.
In line with its commitment to innovation and Building Better Cities, Lafarge Gypsum offers a wide range of plasterboard for partitioning and ceiling solutions, working closely with built environment professionals to put together custom interior solutions that deliver thermal, acoustic, moisture and fire-rated requirements.
The bulkhead detail was a design by A3 Architects and very different from the traditional hospital design.
Lafarge Gypsum Plasterboard was incorporated in all the flush-plastered ceilings, bulkheads and 89mm Macklock Drywall System for partitioning in the entire doctors’ consulting suites.
A3 Architects is renowned for taking on healthcare projects and has completed over 45 healthcare projects in its 17 years of practice. The Life Springs Parklands ceiling design, however, is the first of its nature.
“We spend a lot of time consulting with businesses, hospital owners, specialists, administrators and staff in some instances before any planning gets underway on a project, in order to create the best result for the client within a reasonable time frame and budget,” says Behrendt, before explaining that while drywalling isn’t normally used in hospital environments, Lafarge Gypsum’s products offered the ideal solution.
“In a hospital environment, sound proofing and infection control are both very important. Plain drywalling isn’t usually used in a clinical area, but with Lafarge Gypsum’s new system offerings, we can now do so with peace of mind,” says Behrendt.
Behrendt says Lafarge Gypsum’s comprehensive system as well as their back-up service made it easy for them to innovate throughout the project.
“This makes it possible for us to bring inventiveness and functionality together in buildings that have to work efficiently around the clock,” says Behrendt.
The managing director of Lafarge Gypsum South Africa, Jean-Paul Croze, says the company is committed to building better cities and answering the call for solutions that provide flexibility without compromising the environment.
“This is particularly important with buildings such as hospitals and care facilities, which require sensitivity and high care to patients admitted in the hospital and medical practitioners who operate from the building,” says Croze.
Lafarge Gypsum has SANS 266 certification on all its plasterboard ranges, which means that architects and designers are using products that have been rigorously tested by an independent SABS-accredited body.
“Lafarge Gypsum’s commitment to quality means this compliance is backed by a ten-year warranty service when all Lafarge Gypsum products are used as a system in a project,” concludes Croze.
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