The rapid conversion of Glasgow’s SEC into a new NHS hospital was secured by an array of skilled Scottish tradespeople but few have been more critical than those from the Lanarkshire business which ensured the new facility was supplied with vital sterilising grade water.
Wishaw-based DMA Canyon, an eight-year member of the Scottish and Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers’ Federation, (SNIPEF) were called upon to use the expertise it had already demonstrated in water management work at various Scottish hospitals.
At NHS Louisa Jordan, the company, which employs 30 people and has a current turnover of £2m, were tasked with ensuring the former concert and exhibition centre’s water was delivered at high dependency care standard.
David Watson, a director of DMA Canyon, said: “Over the years we have refined our expertise in detecting and controlling Legionella and other waterborne pathogens in water supplies.
“Hospitals are, of course, a special case since their water needs to be microbiologically controlled water at the highest standard to minimise the presence and release of waterborne pathogens. To achieve this, we fitted Pall Medical Point-of-Use Water Filters throughout the Louisa Jordan site. These must be monitored closely and replaced every 31 or 62 days to ensure compliance with the required standards.
“The entire project was a huge collaborative success with a completely new plumbing system installed in record time and our job was to add the vital finishing control measures, ensuring the water environment is fit for an intensive care facility.
“At peak there were seven of us on site, some of us working seven days a week, continually installing, testing and reporting to get the job done. Even though there are currently no patients on site the process of continual monitoring must be undertaken.
“I am very proud of the contribution we have made and I have pointed out to my younger colleagues, including John Fraser, 25, one of our adult apprentices, that they have participated in a project, the scale and importance of which they may never see again in their working lives. It really is something they can tell their grandchildren about.”
Fiona Hodgson, chief executive of SNIPEF, said: “It is with great pride that we recognise the expertise and experience of our SNIPEF member, DMA Canyon, and their ability to deliver high-quality, reliable resources on behalf of the entire community.
“I never cease to be amazed by the professionalism of our members and their determination, often under massive pressure, to get the job done to the highest standards, on time and on budget.”
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