Case Study: Bristol Royal Infirmary

CMS Architects Ltd
Bristol, England


Ceiling systems from Zentia were specified for “The Pot” – a new Pre-Operative Assessment Department and Surgical Admissions Suite at Bristol Royal Infirmary – for their sustainability credentials.

Some 300m2 of Zentia’s Ultima+ range, which is the world’s first complete ceiling range to win Cradle to Cradle® certification, with a Tegular edge detail on a Prelude 24mm XL2 suspension grid were used throughout the £2million replacement Surgical Admissions Suite (SAS) and Pre-Operative Assessment Department (POD).

The new, award-winning building, located next to the main theatre block on the roof of the hospital’s six-storey pre-war King Edward Building, replaces a derelict pre-fab structure that was carefully demolished with fully designed scaffold protection to the roof perimeter. In addition, small areas of refurbishment were carried out within adjacent areas to provide links to two retained towers.


Of modular build, the new steel-framed structure was craned into place, with a road closure and 24-hour security but no hitches or incidents, over a single weekend before being fitted out to provide 15 consulting rooms, nine changing cubicles, reception, waiting areas and associated clinical support services, all connected to existing live facilities by walkways.

The Ultima+ tegular tiles were installed by specialist sub-contractor Pegasus Interiors for main contractor Halsall Construction, supplied by the Bristol branch of distributor SIG Interiors.

The next-generation Ultima+ range features a bright white surface, with 87% light reflectance to help achieve 16% cost savings compared with indirect lighting.

Manufactured with up to 64% recycled content and 100% recyclable, it is available in three core densities that allow specifiers to engineer sound absorption and attenuation for optimum acoustic performance – standard Ultima+ giving medium density, Ultima+ OP giving low density and Ultima+ dB giving high density, up to 41 dB.

Pegasus director Rich Shore said: “The whole project went smoothly, with all parties in the supply chain cooperating well and the technical support from Zentia was exceptional. There were very few snags which is unusual on a project of this size.”