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Fentrade Aluminium has recently manufactured and supplied a new entrance porch enclosure as part of a largescale refurbishment project at St Joseph’s private hospital in Newport, Gwent. The exacting brief was to create an enclosed area at the main hospital entrance where visitors can safely sanitise their hands upon entry to comply with the hospital’s covid safety protocols.

The new entrance enclosure was manufactured using Kestrel Aluminium Systems’ versatile commercial Shop Front System and included automated sliding doors and single-glazed safety screens. Working closely with main contractor Crest Glazing Solutions, Fentrade met the exacting specification and high standards that the project demanded.

Award-winning Fentrade prides themselves on their level of hands-on detail to ensure all projects run smoothly, and this was evident throughout the project.  Chris Reeks, Director at Fentrade, explains: “On a project of this nature, attention to detail was crucial. As such, we made various site visits with our customer to ensure the project ran smoothly throughout.  We also ensured the door sets were constructed to plan along with various pressings to achieve a finished reveal to the outer area. Internally the doors were wired with automatic opening gearing operated by hand sensors to facilitate the easy access and exit to and from the hospital.”

Fentrade specialises in manufacturing high-quality aluminium products and has secured several commercial contracts due to their proactive partnering approach.  Chris said: “This was an important project to work on and demonstrates our partner capabilities as we continue to deliver projects for various commercial sector applications including shopfronts, schools and now hospitals.”

The project ran smoothly and Crest Glazing Solutions were delighted with the finished result.  Tony Bowen from Crest Glazing Solutions, said: “This was quite a unique project and followed an exacting brief from the customer. As a result, we designed and fitted the automatic gearing to both internal and external entrance doors, provided touch pads for opening/closing on the doors to ensure they were Covid-safe and delivered a high-quality installation to ensure public safety.”

The project was completed on schedule and the client was delighted with the finished results.   Tony commented: “The smooth-running project was successfully achieved due to the excellent service and communication received from Chris Reeks and his expert team at Fentrade. We look forward to working with them on future schemes.”


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