Specialist firestopping and passive fire protection contractor, Optimum is working at the Grange University Hospital (SCCC) in Llanfrechfa, Wales, a new £350 million-pound Specialist Critical Care Centre serving the South East Wales area, under construction by Laing O’Rourke.

Optimum has a team of 50 firestoppers at the SCCC, which is arguably one of the largest firestopping projects in the South-West and Wales. With countless multiplex design challenges, it is now entering the penultimate phase of the firestopping installation process.

The sheer scale and number of services running through numerous corridors and rooms can make hospitals complex projects. To give you an idea of the scale and complexity of firestopping works, a typical large hospital could have between 20,000 to 40,000 firestops, and up to 100,000 combined firestop and acoustic seals.  The Grange University Hospital is expected to exceed this!

Optimum Fire Stopping Manager, Chris Fitzpatrick commented: “The numbers we have dealt with on this project are staggering with literally tens of thousands of penetrations. Identifying viable tested solutions is critical, as each penetration is different from the last.”

Optimum have worked through a multiple-stage sign-off process, working in cooperation with the main contractor, involving diligent checks and comprehensive recordings throughout the project. Chris Fitzpatrick further commented: “Key to this project has been to ensure a detailed and consistent channel of communication between engineers, main contractor client and suppliers ROCKWOOL, Hilti, Firetherm and Siderise.”

All of Optimum’s firestoppers are FIRAS and NVQ accredited.