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Hospital complete after non-combustible insulation added

The construction of the new Royal Papworth Hospital has been completed after the installation of non-combustible insulation.

Through adding the non-combustible insulation a delay to the project was resolved. Construction began in 2015 but fears over fire safety created issues, which have now been resolved after changing suppliers to SuperFOIL.

The company provided 5,500sq m of its non-combustible SFNC insulation after being contacted in 2018. The company provides high-performance multi-foil insulation and is the only insulation of its kind to be certified by BRE as European Class A1 Non-Combustible.

Managing Director of SuperFOIL Insulation, William Bown said: “The new Royal Papworth Hospital is an incredible building that’ll help save lives so we wanted to do everything we could to help the hospital open as soon as possible. Of course, fire safety on large buildings is absolutely crucial and, as the only manufacturer of non-combustible multi-foil insulation, we were very happy to help.”

“It was a big order for us with 5,500sq m of insulation needed, but one of the benefits of our SFNC is that it’s quick and easy to install and because it’s only 20mm thick, the exterior design of the hospital didn’t have to change at all. We’re really proud of having played a role in helping this important building toward completion.”

The new hospital has welcomed its first patients and features 2,300 rooms, five operating theatres, five catheter laboratories and two hybrid theatres, along with 300 beds, including a 46-bed critical care unit and 24 day beds. The original hospital opened in 1918 and was a leading heart and lung hospital, performing the world’s first successful heart, lung, and liver transplants.

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