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Queen Elizabeth Hospital




Balfour Beatty & Hayden Young Joint Venture

Decoration Dates:

September - 2009 - September - 2010

Overall Value:


Labour resource at Peak:



Commercial Decorating

Major Projects



We were awarded the QE contract in August 2007, following approval of our complex and detailed program of works.  This huge £559m development is the first acute hospital to be built in Birmingham for over 70 years. It covers a floor area of approx 500,000m2 over 9 floors towering over 63 metres into the city sky.  The building contains  30 theatres and enough rooms for 1,105 single beds spread over 92 distinct zones, including one floor dedicated to the armed services.


With a contract this size, our first aim was to ensure that the substrate was to the correct standard to apply our products to; and we worked closely with the dry lining contractor to ensure this happened through each and every zone.  We applied our coatings to all plastered wall, joinery items, plant room floors and fire protection to one of the new multi storey car parks.


The project is designed to comply with HTM56. This is a health technical memorandum from the Department of Health stating specification requirements for the internal finishes to new build health projects. Having worked with and advised on this document on previous health contracts, we were able to suggest compatible products for the different areas of the hospital and give the client a selection board for them to choose from. From this they chose a wipeable matt product for the general wall area, and a more advanced anti bacterial product for the associated theatre rooms.  We also suggested the use of a water based gloss for the woodwork to reduce the environmental impact and also remove the risk of yellowing, due to the amount of time the first areas would be left standing.


Since completing the original new build in 2009, we have carried out both life-cycle maintenance works throughout the whole hospital and reactive maintenance in the Mental Health Unit.

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