Norfolk & Norwich Hospital, Norwich
The main aim of Norfolk & Norwich Hospitals Charity is to improve patient, visitor and staff welfare at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and Cromer and District Hospital. The charity supports projects that make the hospital experience a better one for patients, visitors and staff.
The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is generously supported by fundraisers across the county. The Norfolk & Norwich Hospitals Charity staff needed a new home and space is scarce at this very busy hospital. A space to accommodate the admin team was needed as well as a focal point for fundraising activity for the hospital.
A site was identified and allocated in one of the glass atria on that connects the ward blocks. iQ Workspace were engaged to propose a comfortable, bright and efficient workspace for the team and to create a ‘go-to’ spot for visitors wishing to organise fundraising activity and bequeathments.
Office Pod Solution
iQ Workspace have installed several buildings-within-buildings or rooms-within-rooms across the NHS for various applications and the same benefits of freestanding, relocatable and flexible office pods was proposed for this vital part of the hospital.
iQ Workspace have within their portfolio several partners that they work with but in this application Quadrifoglio Xchange acoustic office pods were selected. Xchange offers several options but because this room was to be in a busy atrium the benefits of the acoustic double glazed option were clear.
Additionally, Quadrifoglio’s team of engineers rose to the additional and unusual challenges, not only connecting to electrical and data feeds from the host building but also connecting the pod to the hospital’s internal sprinkler system.
Air movement is standard across the Xchange range – in this case though, given the siting, an integral heating system was installed. Xchange acoustic booths optimise energy consumption thanks to a sophisticated occupancy sensor controlling both LED lighting and ventilation.
The pod is accessed and secured by digital electronic locks built into the door handles. Double glazed framed doors are rigorously hinged doors for enhanced acoustic performance.
The Xchange Booth provided the space to accommodate two clusters of Quadrifoglio Idea+ 01 120 degree fully cable managed workstations accommodating six staff. The desks include lift-up flaps that allow access to the cable management tray.
The Omnia office task chair was proposed for its style, functionality and comfort. It includes a practical, comfortable mesh backrest with additional lumbar support.
A substantial amount of filing and storage of marketing materials was accommodated, fitted perfectly within the pod width.
The storage units finished in elm and white also accommodated and hid from view all service and electrical infrastructure.