The Lincoln Hospital is getting 48 new super-efficient windows as part of a larger refurbishment by Lindum Group

Circle Health Group has commissioned Lindum to manufacture and install 14 new sliding sash windows and completely refurbish 34 existing sashes for the hospital in Nettleham Road.

Lindum is also carrying out the refurbishment of 12 hospital bedrooms and en-suites alongside the window replacement, which will improve and modernise the bedrooms for patients with updated facilities, equipment, and improved layouts. A new nurse’s station was also created while the team were on site to improve staff facilities.

Lindum Group Minor Works Director, Nick Hammond, said: “This has been a really interesting project. Our team have worked closely with Circle and our in-house Joinery Division for many months prior to starting, to ensure the windows are manufactured to an extremely high standard and to ensure the works will run smoothly and create minimal impact to patients and staff throughout the window replacement and room refurbishment period.

“The windows that we are installing will help to reduce drafts, noise pollution, and will allow for more natural light into patient spaces. A specialist modern glazing system called FINEO glass has been specified as it is ideal for use on heritage projects. It can be supplied into existing historical sashes where triple glazing would be too large, as FINEO it is only 6.7mm thick. Despite this the glazing can offer the same thermal efficiency as triple glazed windows, and improved thermal and sound qualities.

The site on which the hospital stands has been providing healthcare since 1887. The hospital was originally built as a memorial to its founder, Mrs Bromhead, and the Bromhead Maternity home was opened in 1927. The Bromhead Maternity Home was taken over by the National Health Service in 1948, but in 1981 it became The Bromhead Hospital, run by an independent charitable trust.

It was sold to Nuffield Health in 2001 and in 2009 passed on to the BMI Healthcare Group when the hospital became known as BMI The Lincoln Hospital. It was taken over by Circle Health Group in January 2020.

Lindum Joinery General Manager Ryan Calvert added: “This was a fantastic opportunity to showcase our skills in the manufacture of new traditional sliding sash units.

“The client has very clear sustainability targets which is often a challenge with historic and listed buildings, the new units had to be as environmentally friendly and energy efficient as possible.

“We have used our craftsmen within the workshop to manufacture 14 completely new matching sliding sash windows, as well as carry out a programme of continuous refurbishments and re-glazing of existing sashes. These units have been carefully removed on site, and transported into our workshop, where we have been able to repair, splice, re-glaze with new FINEO units, and decorate before carefully returning back to site for re-installation by the Lindum Team.”

The FINEO glass brings a fantastic blend of historic, single paned appearance, with the efficiency of modern triple glazed windows, making it the ideal solution for this job.”  It is the first time the team has used this type of glass on a refurbishment project.

Lindum Joinery was happy to create prototypes of a new sliding sash window before works commenced, to enable all parties to agree a standard and finish of the new windows before the 14nr new were manufactured. This allowed the conservation officer and Circle to have full confidence in what we are manufacturing.

John Ulyatt, Executive Director of Lincoln Hospital said: “We are committed to offering and equipping our patients, staff and doctors with the very best facilities. An outstanding clinical environment is essential to ensuring the best possible outcomes for the patients in our care. The work Lindum are doing is key to making good on that commitment.” 

Work started in early October last year and is due to finish in Autumn.