Happy New Year from Envirotect!
2015 is set to be an exciting time here at Envirotect and we would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy New Year!
We will be attending some not to be missed shows & events throughout 2015 and we look forward to seeing you.
18-20 May 2015
Riyadh International Convention & Exhibition Center, KSA
SRP Annual Conference
19-21 May 2015
Eastbourne Stand 33
UK Radiological Congress (UKRC)
29 June-1 July 2015
ACC Liverpool Stand 60
Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year
Envirotect would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for your valued custom and loyalty throughout 2014.
Our offices will be closed from Thursday 25th December until Thursday 1st January. Normal office hours resume on Friday 2nd January 2015.
We would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.
Successful installation of first RF Cage for Envirotect
Envirotect continue to stride forward since the addition of MRI and magnetic shielding to their traditional range of radiation shielding products.
Working on behalf of Avenue Building Company, Envirotect have successfully completed their first RF cage installation with magnetic steel shielding at BMI Bath Clinic, Somerset.
The complex design involved magnetic steel shielding around two cross beams in the ceiling prior to the installation of the RF cage.
The frame work for the RF cage was manufactured in panels at Envirotect’s premises in Leighton Buzzard. These panels were then transported to the site and moved into position where any small adjustments were made before final installation.
Manufacturing the panels, windows and doors in advance saved valuable time on site during this tight new build schedule.
Considering this was Envirotect’s first RF cage installation it proved they are able to cope with complex designs.
A big part of Envirotect’s successful installation was due to the fact that they visit the site at least once to verify site conditions and dimensions which help them to accurately manufacture a custom room. If required a further visit would be arranged with the Site Manager 4 to 5 days prior to the installation start date to ensure that the site is ready and that there are no major changes.
Avenue Building Company were so pleased with the quality and progress of work that they awarded Envirotect with a further project before completion or final test of the RF cage had taken place at BMI Bath Clinic.
Communication between all parties involved was the key to success.
Bespoke window design meets the challenge
Envirotect has added to its range of shielding products with a stainless steel framed control room observation window. The PETCT facility at Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust required a 10mm lead equivalent control room window, as Envirotect managing director Niven Smith explained “We were not frightened by the thought of designing a new type of window for the customer. Our team were up to the challenge of ensuring the protection provided interfaced with the wall shielding. We were also faced with a logistical obstacle of installing the window on one of the upper floors and the only access was by s builder’s external goods hoist. Each component had to be manoeuvred across the scaffolding and into position by hand”.
The company says that inventive ideas such as these fit its aim of widening its range of bespoke structural products.
Editorial printed in the December issue of Rad Magazine.
Nigel Payne has been celebrating 10 successful years with Envirotect Limited.
Since joining in September 2004 Nigel is one of a few original employees and has certainly become an asset to the company. Throughout the years Nigel’s dedication and enthusiasm for the job has been greatly appreciated.
We extend our best wishes to Nigel on his 10th anniversary of service with Envirotect Limited and look forward to sharing many more years together.
MRI Shielding range prompts interest
Envirotect reports a positive response from the industry since adding MRI and magnetic shielding products and services to its range, with projects currently in progress with numerous inquiries.
“The interest received from our customers has been immense,” said MRI development manager Steve Rumble. “The majority are very interested that we manufacture the copper MRI shielding at our premises in Leighton Buzzard. We are the only MRI installer in the UK to do so. This saves shipping times compared to our competitors.”
Radiotherapy shielding has also joined the company’s portfolio. This is offered in conjunction with John Caunt Scientific who together offer a range of shielding materials in addition to a wealth of knowledge and expertise. A wide range of radiation shielding products including lead lined panelling, door sets, screens, windows, cabinets, lead glass and lead vinyl are also available from Envirotect.
Article printed in RAD Magazine September 2014.
Envirotect launch new range of RF Shielding at UKRC 2014
Envirotect Limited exhibited for the first time at UKRC this year and found the three-day event very successful. A steady flow of visitors was welcomed to the stand to discuss the product range. Allan Sinclair of Sky Factory UK is pictured meeting Envirotect managing director Niven Smith at the event.
The company had visited the event on many occasions and felt it would be the ideal location for the launch of a range of RF shielding for MRI which complements a line of lead shielding products. All products are bespoke and manufactured at the company’s workshop in Bedfordshire.
MRI development manager Steve Rumble said: “It is a very exciting time at Envirotect. I am working with a new, enthusiastic team and together we are striving towards developing a competitive product to launch into this field”.
Article printed in RAD Magazine September 2014.
Shielded doors boost safety & match hospital decor
Bedfordshire-based shielding company Envirotect Limited has supplied structural radiation protection for a CT scanner room at Stoke Mandeville Hospital near Aylesbury.
Working on behalf of Canute, Envirotect’s contract involved the complete room shielding including walls, soffit, door sets and an observation window.
The soffit was shielded with lead plywood and the walls with lead plasterboard to provide a shielded envelope for the room.
Door sets were manufactured to match the hospital’s scheme of steamed beech doors and painted frames which are being rolled out across the department. Envirotect also supplied and fitted the ironmongery.
The installation of a large lead glass observation window in the control room will give clear views of the CT scanner and patients for radiographers.
Article printed in RAD Magazine July 2014.
A day on the green with friends and colleagues ...and all for a good cause!
It was the first time Niven Smith and Steve Rumble of Envirotect Limited had attended the Rad Magazine Foundation Golf Day charity event. Although non golfers, they found it to be an enjoyable day and it was even more rewarding to know that whilst having fun they were also supporting a good cause.
The day started with coffee, tea and a bacon roll with some of the experienced golfers knowing that calories would be worked off throughout the day.
The true golfers were led to an 18 hole course with the non-golfers starting their day of lessons in pitch and putt. It was then onto the driving range for further practice prior to being split into groups or pairs to play on the 9 hole pitch and putt course.
It was a good opportunity to meet with the other participants and a lot of banter was had by all with a fair amount of time being spent retrieving balls from the rough!
The day ended with a delightful dinner, followed by a raffle draw, silent auction awards and most importantly the golf awards.
Pictured are the non-golfers group with Managing Director, Niven Smith, pictured bottom right and MRI Development Manager, Steve Rumble, middle row.
RAD Magazine Foundation Golf Day
Managing Director, Niven Smith and MRI Development Manager, Steve Rumble will be attending RAD Magazine Foundation Golf Day.
The annual charity event which will be held on June 26 at Channels Golf Club, near Chelmsford will be in aid of The Stroke Association and all profits from the day will be donated to the work of the association.
For more information please email Katherine Powell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saudi Health Exhibition
Envirotect were proud to exhibit alongside other UK companies at this year’s Saudi Health Exhibition.
As part of a UK delegation which was organised by Medilink and led by Tom Elliott, Envirotect was positioned on the UK pavilion.
The event was opened by Prince Turki bin Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz amid tight security.
Niven Smith said “The response from the attendees of Saudi Health to Envirotect’s ethos of producing products to our customers exact specification was enlightening”.
Since returning to the UK Envirotect have been dealing with a number of enquiries which have ensued from attending Saudi Health.
Niven Smith, Managing Director of Envirotect greets a visitor during the Saudi Health Exhibition.
SRP Annual Conference - Southport
Envirotect were pleased to support The Society of Radiological Protection Annual Conference by having the opportunity to exhibit at the three day event which was held at Southport Theatre and Convention Centre.
It was a rewarding experience for the team to speak directly with the delegates, speakers, organising committee and fellow exhibitors to discuss the array of bespoke products that can be utilised to solve a multitude of challenging problems.
Pictured at the SRP Annual Conference are Envirotect Limited Managing Director, Mr Niven Smith and Mr Edward Marshall of High Technology Sources Limited.
IPEM RPA Update 2014
Envirotect are looking forward to exhibiting and sponsoring this years’ IPEM RPA Update which will be taking place at Centre for Life, Newcastle-upon-Tyne on Wednesday 9th July 2014.
The UK Radiological Congress (UKRC)
Envirotect Limited are looking forward to exhibiting at this year’s UKRC which will be held at Manchester Central Convention Centre on 9th, 10th and 11th June 2014.
The UKRC is the leading and largest diagnostic imaging event in the UK.
Our team look forward to welcoming you at our stand and please feel free to pick up one of our exciting goody bags.
Visit us at Stand Number 90
Growth creates new MRI role
Envirotect Limited has increased its range of shielding products and taken on a new member of staff. Steve Rumble has been appointed as MRI development manager, bringing with him a wealth of knowledge and experience having spent more than 19 years in the industry.
Radiofrequency and magnetic interference shielding for MRI scanners have been added to the company’s range of radiation shielding products. MRI and radiation shielding often form part of the same project and expanding into MRI is expected to allow Envirotect to offer customers a complete package.
Shielding components will be manufactured at the factory in Bedfordshire to offer bespoke service for customers.
Managing director Niven Smith said: “This is an exciting opportunity to expand our already successful business with a new product range and I am sure with Steve’s years of experience in MRI will prove invaluable.”
Article published in June issue of Rad Magazine.
Brightening the interior of healthcare
Envirotect Limited, based in Bedfordshire, has designed, manufactured and installed high specification bespoke lead lined doors specifically suited for use within healthcare environments throughout the UK and overseas. Constantly investing in product development, our skilled staff are both highly motivated and trained to offer consistently top quality products. With an established client base each order is bespoke in terms of manufactured size, fixtures, fittings and colour. Envirotect door sets are incredibly durable and very easy to wipe clean which is of particular importance given the settings that the doors are installed.
Doors are available in a range of finishes and colours allowing hospitals and health centres to brighten the interior and enable certain areas to be zoned, according to the colour of the doors. Envirotect can match existing door finishes and manufacture non-lead doors to ensure consistency within a department. Envirotect lead lined door sets incorporate a lead core that runs through the frame, architraves and door leaves providing continuity of protection and therefore complete ‘peace of mind’.
Article printed in adf architects datafile May 2014
Saudi Health Exhibition
This is the first year that Envirotect Limited will be exhibiting at Saudi Health 2014, Saudi’s largest healthcare event. Envirotect have previously attended the exhibition and found it to be really informative and an ideal place to meet new contacts within the Middle East Healthcare Industry. Managing Director Niven Smith said “Envirotect are really excited to be exhibiting at this year’s event as it is a perfect opportunity to reach a wider audience, discuss our products and services in greater details”.
The event will be held at the Riyadh International Conference and Exhibition Center, KSA 19 – 21 May.
SRP Annual Conference
The Society of Radiological Protection 2014 Annual Conference will be held at Southport Convention Centre over three days from 28th April to 1st May 2014. It will incorporate parallel sessions, competitions, awards, the AGM, posters, presentations and the usual social programme. The theme of the meeting will be “Radiological Protection GOALS” (Guidence, Operational Experience, ALARP, Legislation and Sustainability).
Envirotect Limited are pleased to be exhibiting at this year’s event.
Please feel free to come along and have a chat with our team at Stand Number 34 and remember to pick up one of our exciting goody bags.
Design of interlocking bricks prevents radiation leaks at Colchester General
Building work continues at the £25m state-of-the-art radiotherapy centre at Colchester General Hospital.
Radiation shielding provider Envirotect Limited has provided shielding for the orthovoltage unit, which will be used to administer radiotherapy to treat cancers of the skin and superficial tissues. The company will be exhibiting at this year’s UKRC on stand number 90.
The shielding consisted of interlocking chevron lead bricks to the walls up to 32mm in thickness. The V-shape tongue and groove configuration allows bricks to interlock into one another, preventing leakage of radiation.
“The project included challenging detailing around high level steel beams within the existing room,” says the company, which also designed 13mm lead lined entrance door and wall shielding.
To give patients the feeling of being in a normal room, the door was designed to match adjacent ones with an oak veneer finish. A 2mm lead soffit baffle was installed above the doors and has been hidden within the ceiling compartment.
The centre will also house two CT scanners, which will help hospital staff with radiotherapy planning. Envirotect manufactured and installed lead lined plasterboards for the wall shielding to both CT rooms and shielded double entrance doors. The control room was fitted with lead glass observation window and shielded doors.
Article printed in RAD Magazine May 2014
Shielding company experiences growth
A substantial increase in business over recent years has led radiation shielding company Envirotect Limited to recruit extra staff to meet demand for its specialist products. The company offers an extensive range of radiation shielding products including lead lined panelling for walls, partitions, ceilings and flooring, lead lined door sets, mobile and static x-ray screens, lead glass viewing windows, lead chevron bricks and lead lined storage cabinets.
Staff are involved in the design and creation of the bespoke products and continually look at ways to improve Envirotect’s range, which may include introducing new materials and design techniques to improve manufacturing.
Article printed in April edition of RAD Magazine.
Experts meet demand for plasterboard and cabinets
Established in 2000, Envirotect Limited has grown to become one of the leading suppliers of structural radiation shielding to the medical, construction and engineering sectors in the UK and internationally.
The company manufactures lead lined plasterboards for walls, partitions, ceilings and floors, lead glass observation windows, lead lined door sets, mobile x-ray screens and lead lined cabinets for storage of radioactive isotopes or other radioactive sources.
Article printed in December issue of RAD Magazine.
Healthcare Estates Exhibition
Envirotect Limited attended Healthcare Estates 2013 exhibition which was held at Manchester Central on 8 and 9 October.
This is the first time that Envirotect Limited has exhibited at this event and the team were able to discuss projects directly with key members of staff from within the healthcare industry. Healthcare Estates is a unique event, combining the prestigious IHEEM Annual Conference and the UK’s largest trade exhibition of its kind.
Managing Director Niven Smith said “the exhibition was an ideal opportunity to talk through plans and requirements within hospital departments, medical centres and private clinics in greater detail directly with key personnel. It was also a good opportunity to speak to both old and new contacts and we have received a number of new enquiries”.
Iodine treatment rooms at NHS Grampian
Envirotect Limited have completed the design, development and installation of the Iodine Treatment Rooms at NHS Grampian’s state of the art Emergency Care Centre, one of the largest of its type in Europe. The new facility which is estimated to have cost £110 million will bring emergency and unscheduled care services under one roof and provide 350 inpatient beds. Working with main contractor Robertson, Envirotect Limited installed thick lead shielding to walls and service penetrations as well as 20mm lead equivalent patient observation windows all on level 6 of the building site. Matching doors with 4mm shielding were also installed. The new centre was delivered on time and within budget.
Saudi Health Conference and Exhibition
The launch of the new Saudi Health exhibition and conference was to create the largest international healthcare event in KSA to serve all aspects of this US$20 billion multispectral industry. This was an ideal opportunity for Niven Smith, Managing Director to make new contacts and catch up with those that we have been speaking with on a regular basis regarding new hospital projects as they were either exhibiting or attending this prestigious event.
“The magnitude of this event was outstanding and I am very interested in exhibiting next year to show our on-going commitment to the Saudi Arabian healthcare industry” said Niven Smith, Managing Director.
Maltese installation presents a challenge
A new department including two operating theatres at Gozo General Hospital has been fitted with lead shielding from Envirotect Limited.
Working in partnership with Maltese contractor Charles de Giorgio, Envirotect manufactured and installed lead shielding to the walls and flooring of the department that was inaugurated by Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi earlier this year.
In total, 11 door sets were manufactured and exported to Malta. They complement the existing hospital finishes and were supplied in a combination of sliding, single swing and double swing. Installation was more challenging than usual as the doors are electrically powered and required independent push pad controls. Safety barriers and fail-safe overrides were fitted to ensure the installation conformed to regulations.
A UK South-East multi sector delegation visits the Kingdom
Envirotect joined a second market trade mission in February 2013 organised by UK Trade and Investment (UKTI). The mission was supported by the British Consulate General, Jeddah and welcomed a multi-sector business delegation comprising of 17 small and medium sized companies from the South East of England that are eager to showcase their innovative products, gain understanding of the local market, meet potential clients and develop long lasting mutually beneficial partners.
A quote from Managing Director, Niven Smith, taken from Tuesday February 5, issue of the Saudi Gazette “We are very excited by the opportunity of being a part of this mission, meeting people within their own environment and testing our products on the market”.
Envirotect found the trade mission to be successful and a further visit to Saudi Arabia has already been planned for May 2013 to attend Saudi Health Conference and Exhibition.
Arab Health Exhibition and Congress
Managing Director Niven Smith attended Arab Health, one of the world’s largest healthcare events in January 2013. The event which is held at the Dubai International Exhibition Centre, UAE welcomes more than 3,400 exhibitors from various countries. Niven was able to meet with a number of contacts which he previously met during his trade mission to Saudi Arabia.
Successful visit of UK Medical Technology Companies to Saudi Arabia
A trade mission jointly organised by UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) and the Association of British Healthcare Industries (ABHI) visited Riyadh and Jeddah from 30 September to 4 October 2012.
The delegation which included our Managing Director, Niven Smith, visited Sulaiman Al-Habib Hospital and Salehiya Est. in Riyadh where delegates had a chance to introduce their products, exchange views with the heads of department and learn more about the private healthcare sector in the Kingdom. Other significant meetings took place in Jeddah at the Saudi German Hospital, Jamjoom Medical Industries and Ciglah Group.
Networking receptions were held at the British Embassy in Riyadh and at the British Consulate in Jeddah where senior representatives of some of the most well-known healthcare companies and Private & Government Hospitals, were invited.
Envirotect’s focus for this trade mission was to build on new opportunities within the construction and healthcare industries which are currently arising within the growing Saudi Arabian economy.
Envirotect see Saudi Arabia as a great business opportunity and will be planning a follow up visit in the near future.
Mini Control Room
Envirotect have been chosen to supply a new control room at the Princess Royal University Hospital.
Due to the lack of space, Envirotect were asked to provide a complete solution for the supply and installation of a mini control room in the new CT room.
The solution was a pre-manufactured and pre-finished demountable screen which could shield to the required 3M height but still support the weight of the lead. The screen also included a full width lead glass observation window and a sliding door.
The booth was manufactured in our factory with wipe clean white laminate faces then disassembled for installation. This meant that the need for wet trades such as plasterers and decorators was not required and the room could be delivered and installed in a single day with minimal disruption to the project.
Winchester CT back up & running in double quick time
During 2011 a devastating fire caused substantial damage to the diagnostic suite and the MRI scanner room at Winchester’s Royal Hampshire County Hospital. Over 100 fire fighters tackled the blaze for many hours, while patients and hospital staff were moved to safe areas, as the hospitals major incident plan was actioned.
The nearby A&E department was closed for safety reasons, but reopened the following week having escaped damage, unfortunately the MRI scanner room suffered significant damage to the structure along with the shared control room for both the MRI scanner and the CT room.
Early the following week Envirotect were requested to manufacture a control room window so that a former sluice room adjacent to the CT room could be adapted into a new temporary CT control room. This would allow the CT room to be back in use whilst the damaged sections of the building could be rebuilt. Envirotect responded to the challenge and upon agreeing the specification were on site fitting the X-Ray shielding control room window to the newly formed opening within a week.
Maltese PETCT installation is a first for Envirotect
Pictured at St James’ Hospital, Sliema, Malta, are Envirotect Limited Managing Director Niven Smith, St James’ nuclear medicine doctor Marc Anthony Aquilina and John Sammut or Charles de Giorgio.
Mr Smith was attending the opening ceremony of the first PETCT scanner to be installed at the hospital. Envirotect, a specialist radiation shielding company based in Bedfordshire, completed the project for Maltese contractor Charles de Giorgio.
The complex task of shielding was further complicated by working overseas with different working practices, regulations and local material availability.
Envirotect’s unique tiling protects the ceiling, while still allowing engineers access to services. With this flexible approach it was possible to install shielding ranging between 3mm and 30mm to walls and ceilings.
Doors are a combination of sliding and swing with lead thicknesses of 1.8 – 8mm and complemented the existing finishes.
This is the latest in a series of PETCT scanner shielding projects for Envirotect.
Major Contract Secured
Envirotect have secured the shielding work for the new PET scanning suite currently being constructed at St. James’ Hospital in Leeds.
Back in 2007 Envirotect installed the radiation shielding for the brachytherapy departments and shielded bedrooms at the new St. James Oncology Wing.
This week Envirotect started work on the PET scanner suite which was shelved when the original building was constructed.
The project comprises of plate and chevron shielding to the two scanner rooms, injection rooms and ancillary areas.
The project also includes the manufacture and installation of the lead lined door sets and two 8mm lead equivalent windows.