KZN Covid-19 wards with fast track solution

Working closely with the Department of Health in Kwa-Zulu Natal; TAL has helped fast track an overhaul of the healthcare facilities at Clairwood Hospital in Mobeni, Durban. Originally converted from army barracks into a hospital in 1956; Clairwood Hospital required significant renovations in order to transform it into a functional modern space that is a key addition to the province’s quarantine and isolation centres.

Clairwood hospital

COVID-19 facility

The Clairwood Hospital; under-utilized for the current needs of the province. Rather than using temporary mobile hospital units; it was decided to renovate the existing building as a permanent part of Durban’s healthcare infrastructure.

The renovation needed to be complete quickly in the face of the increasing number of COVID-19 infections in the province. KZN Health MEC Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu said that the COVID-19 facility; refurbished in just two months; enables 154 patients to be isolated and about 40 to be quarantined.

Contractors involved in the project

GVK, the main contractor on site; tasked with gutting the interior walls of the hospital; fitting new partitioning; ceilings and electrics for the new wards across the 4 hospital blocks; with roughly 2 – 3 weeks allocated to complete each block. The site was operational 24 hours a day using two alternating shifts of workers to deliver on the tight project deadlines. Derek Logan Flooring; a TAL registered flooring applicator; stepped up to the challenge of preparing the 1000m2 hospital blocks with a TAL multi-level flooring system, prior to installing Polyflor vinyl sheeting.

Clairwood hospital

As an older building, the surface beds did not have the necessary industry prescribed measures in place to prevent moisture ingress into the building. The flooring system comprised of TAL Vaporstop, a high-density vapour barrier installed across the entire project, providing an impermeable layer to protect the final vinyl floor covering from fluctuating and elevated moisture levels in the substrate. After suitable priming; rapid-setting TAL Screedmaster was used to deliver a smooth and level surface onto which the vinyl sheeting was installed. This product system enabled a fast turnaround time of 48 hours from the installation of the vapour barrier to the final floor covering.

TAL supplied key components to flagship Christian Barnard Memorial Hospital project



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