The new Outram Community Hospital (OCH) in Singapore is a 19-storey building comprising of 550 beds. Opened in December 2019, the OCH is the first community hospital providing step-down care in southern Singapore where government figures show there is a higher proportion of patients aged 65 years and older.
The Hospital has been designed and furnished to resemble a public estate, so patients can learn how to adapt after they return home. For example, the hospital has facilities that resemble the interiors of buses and trains, for patients to learn to navigate the public transport system using a wheelchair.
Approximately 20,700m2 of glass was factory-applied with ClearShield® by two different façade contractors. ClearShield® – manufactured in the UK by Ritec International – is a unique glass surface treatment that upgrades ordinary glass to ‘non-stick’, easy clean ClearShield Eco-Glass®. There are numerous benefits:
- Resists staining and discolouration
- Typically halves the frequency of cleaning, saving time and costs
- Glass looks cleaner for longer, promoting a more pristine image
Many buildings around the world have award-winning ClearShield® specified primarily to reduce the cost of ongoing maintenance as the glass is easier to clean and keep clean compared to ordinary glass.
ClearShield® has also been awarded Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC) Green Mark certification so helps to promote more sustainable building practices.
Parmis Pte Ltd is Ritec’s Marketing Partner based in Singapore and promotes the benefits of ClearShield® glass protection to many countries in South East Asia. Godfrey Foong, Parmis’s MD, said: “Today, more and more architects and specifiers are becoming increasingly aware of the fact glass should have ClearShield protection specified as it is a real help to reduce maintenance costs. With less dirt sticking to the glass, ClearShield Eco-Glass looks like new for longer compared to ordinary glass. This means occupants can enjoy better light transmission – proven to be beneficial to human health, so important for a hospital – and a long-lasting pristine appearance between cleaning cycles.”
For more information about Parmis, please visit www.parmis.com.sg.