Case Study: Maidstone Hospital Stroke Unit

Maidstone, Kent
Hazel McCormack Young
WW Martin

Construction has recently finished on a new Hyper-Acute Stroke Unit at Maidstone Hospital, part of the Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust. It will now form one of three specialist Hyper-Acute Stroke Units in Kent and Medway. The refurbishment works have provided extended bed facilities and upgraded support spaces and were carried out in a ‘live’ hospital environment, with a busy corridor running through the middle of the works area.





Project architects Hazel McCormack Young and main contractors WW Martin required an interior ceiling solution that could support health and wellbeing whilst delivering a clean, white and fresh aesthetic fitting for a hospital environment. A suitable ceiling tile was also required for the shower rooms, an environment that is high in heat and moisture.


The construction works took place in a hospital that was still welcoming patients, with a busy corridor running through the middle of the site, which meant the ceiling solution also needed to be installed promptly and with ease to minimise any disruption.




Zentia’s Biobloc and Hydrabloc ranges formed an effective solution for Maidstone Hospital, not only providing a modern and bright white ceiling but offering enhanced performance in hygiene, longevity and acoustics.



A total of 2500m2 of white Biobloc Plain was installed in the main patient areas throughout the ward. The Biobloc Plain ceiling tiles are designed especially for use in healthcare environments, with a specialised biocide coating that inhibits the growth of bacteria. Easily disinfected, they also help to support health and wellbeing with high light reflectance and a sound attenuation level of 35dB.


Zentia’s Hydrabloc ceiling tiles were used in the ward’s shower rooms, a specialist tile that is designed to function in high humidity areas. Also high in light reflectance, they are rated Class A in sound absorption and remain stable in temporary conditions of up to 100% Relative Humidity (RH). 


The tiles were installed by KRS Interiors, a member of Zentia’s award-winning Pinnacle Partner Scheme, meaning that they were able to access off-cut recycling through Zentia, minimising waste and enhancing the project’s sustainability credentials. 


The successful installation of Zentia’s complete ceiling solutions at Maidstone’s Stroke Unit reflects a balanced blend of functionality, hygiene, and sustainability in healthcare design. Thanks to the ease of installation with Zentia’s ceiling systems, the hospital was able to continue delivering vital care during construction, ensuring people are supported when they need it the most. 

For healthcare environments

The Biobloc Family

Suspended ceiling tiles in the Biobloc Family are designed specifically for healthcare environments, with a special coating that actively inhibits the growth of micro-organisms.