Moloney O'Beirne Architects have specified Formica laminate for a new £18m development at University Hospital Galway.
The impact-resistant qualities of the surfacing material, its ease of maintenance, and availability in a wide range of decors were primary factors in the decision to use the range.
Laminate is often favoured for high-traffic areas such as hospitals due to its hygienic qualities.
Cleanliness is vital to ensuring high-quality patient care and failure to meet required standards can lead to the spread of infections, the closing of wards, and can impact on the health of patients and staff.
Since Formica laminate is inert and does not support microbial growth, it is ideal for applications where cleanliness and hygiene are of paramount importance.
As a completely-sealed surface, Formica laminate is impervious to liquids and easy to clean and maintain.
For the project, Formica laminate in the colours of Seed, Thistle and Sandstone have been applied to fitted furniture and to over 400 door facings.
Delivering seamless design integration to the IPS panels is Formica laminate in the grey tone of Folkstone.
The colours chosen for the project were selected for their soothing attributes in order to help calm patients and reduce stress.