Crittall-Fendor window specified for secure hospital

Sliding windows installed at Cygnet Hospital Maidstone

Choice of windows is a critical consideration when designing mental health units

Crittall-Fendor has worked with architects to provide windows for a new mental health hospital in Kent.

Cygnet Hospital Maidstone is a low-level secure and rehabilitation unit comprising four wards for up to 65 male and female patients.

The £13.5m new-build project was designed by Tangram Architects, which specified Crittall-Fendor’s CleanVent sliding windows with inward or outward opening cleaning variant dependent on their intended location within the building.

AlphaLine sliding windows were also supplied, as well as curtain walling, with integrated sliding and top-hung windows in non-patient areas. Doors have anti finger trap profiles for safety.

David Whitehead, director of Tangram Architects, said: “We worked closely with Crittall-Fendor in the design and delivery of the project.

“They supplied secure windows with an innovative mesh screen detail within the ward environment over three floors of the hospital, the windows being designed for challenging environments.”

CleanVent are high-specification sliding security windows, thermally enhanced with an anti-ligature frame and locking mechanism that can be customised to meet client requirements.

AlphaLine windows are more suited to a rehabilitation environment with lower security needs.

CleanVent sliding windows can open either inwardly or outwardly to maintain security while allowing for easy cleaning