Following on from Mental Health Awareness week and our presence at the Design in Mental Health Show this year is our Colour psychology e-Book. Colour impacts the way we feel daily, without us even realising. This is how it can be an asset when used in vulnerable environments such as healthcare, education and care. This blog gives a brief overview of colour, how it impacts us and how Contour comes into the mix. For more information view our full e-Book on Colour psychology below. […]
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There are a few options when it comes to selecting radiator guards for your project, including anti-ligature, LST radiator guards and also wire mesh radiator guards.Contour specialises in providing metal radiator guards in the below sectors: Healthcare Education Mental Health Commercial & Office Social Housing Security Read on to find out more… […]
Contour is the only UK company to incorporate BioCote®’s antimicrobial protection into LST and Anti ligature radiator guards. This unique, innovative technology reduces microbes such as MRSA and E.coli by up to 99.9%, providing effective, hygienic and long-lasting protection to Contour LST and Anti-ligature radiator guards. Read on to find out more… […]
Schools can sometimes have radiators that are in awkward places which need radiator guards, Contour understands this struggle so every radiator cover is made to measure and bespoke. The priority is the safety and wellbeing of the students within the environment they are already familiar with. Read on to find out more… […]
Contour understands the challenges that hospitals are faced with when looking for LST radiators, Anti-ligature radiators and the radiator cover market. The priority is the safety and wellbeing of patients within the environment they already feel comfortable in. Read on to find out more… […]
An innovative antimicrobial agent has succeeded in wiping out almost all bacteria that are usually present in classrooms, according to the results of a recent trial. The agent, incorporated into a coating developed by BioCote® Partners, managed to eliminate almost 96% of the bacteria normally found in a classroom, compared to an untreated control classroom that was also set up for the purpose of the trial study. Contour, a leading manufacturer of LST radiators and radiator guards, and a long standing BioCote partner, was a lead participant in the study. The study was carried out in late 2014 at a UK primary school with one classroom completely refurbished with furniture, fixings and fittings all pre-treated with the antibacterial technology. Swab samples from both classrooms were then regularly collected over a three-week period and taken to a laboratory for analysis. As well as showing that the treated classroom had almost no bacteria on its many surface areas, the study specifically revealed that Contour’s radiator guards carried 90.54% fewer microbes compared to radiator guards in the untreated classroom. All Contour LST radiator guards - a product of choice for many education sector specifiers - incorporate the BioCote coating in their ‘final finish’ as standard. This coating remains effective for the lifetime of the guards. There is a strong social and economic case for investing in products that contribute to cleaner classrooms. A lower incidence of microbes in classrooms exposes children to fewer avoidable illnesses, thereby helping to reduce school absenteeism. This not [...]
As part a continual research and development program, leading LST radiator specialists Contour has undertaken a pioneering microbiological study to better understand the levels of potentially harmful bacteria present within a healthcare environment. The study was conducted in partnership with antimicrobial technology experts BioCote and compared the number and type of bacteria colonies present in and around a modern, full-access radiator guard that has antimicrobial protection, compared to a traditional, fixed radiator guard which does not have internal access or antimicrobial technology. When the results of the traditional radiator guard were compared with the same number of swabs taken from a range of modern LST radiator guards, in this case the Trionic DeepClean guard from Contour, which has full internal access for cleaning and inherent antimicrobial technology – the difference was striking. The DeepClean guard from Contour contained 91% fewer bacterial colonies when internal guard surfaces were analysed, findings for a range of other locations were also observed. There was also a significant reduction in bacteria diversity. Leading radiator guard designs such as those developed by Contour, now feature a pioneering full-access front door, which allows one cleaning operative fast and simple access to every internal surface – without assistance from estates. Innovations such as this also improve daily efficiencies, enable audits to be met and reduce operating costs. The DeepClean guard from Contour includes BioCote® antimicrobial technology in its paintwork, reducing levels of harmful bacteria such as MRSA and E.coli by up to 99.99% in less than two hours. [...]
Contour has recently supplied 115 DeepClean LST Radiator Guards as part of a major BIM designed refurbishment project at Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Cambridgeshire. Ease of cleaning, hygienic radiator cover designs and access to BIM models made Contour DeepClean radiator covers the perfect choice for this prestigious contract. The DeepClean LST radiator covers were fitted across the ground and first floors including the main corridor areas. Each unit was bespoke-designed and detailed to cover existing radiators. The guards were installed quickly and without disruption to building users thanks to the one-piece design of the casing and pre-fabricated cut-outs for pipework, flooring and skirting. Incorporating BioCote® anti-microbial technology, Contour radiator guards are proven to significantly reduce bacteria compared to untreated alternatives. This natural silver-based additive reduces levels of harmful bacteria and infection such as E.coli, MRSA and H1N1 by up to 99.99% over a 2hr period. The patented full access front door of the DeepClean LST radiator guard design provides cleaning staff complete access to internal surfaces of the cover, without the need for Estates personnel to assist in the removal of the radiator cover. This makes cleaning of potentially unhygienic radiator guards and quick, safe and routine operation, saving on cleaning costs and reducing the risk of HAI’s in the healthcare environment. Access to detailed parametric BIM models helped to simplify design and product selection on this complex BIM project, proving an invaluable tool to the specifiers, contractors and clients alike. The designing architect, Ian Morrison from Martindales Architects said “We [...]