Burwood Hospital commercial kitchen, Christchurch

Fenta commercial kitchen ceiling tiles: for high performance

The new $215 million Burwood Hospital in Christchurch features a state of the art commercial kitchen. Fenta Ceiling Tiles by Bates Surfaces were selected as part of the high quality and durable material palette.

Designed to provide meals for over 280 patients a day, the Burwood Hospital catering kitchen had to be robust, easy to clean, low maintenance and highly efficient. Fenta ceiling tiles perform on all fronts due to their unique UV-cured painted surface and strong substrate.

The Fenta tiles hard-wearing surface provides the longevity required in a busy hospital environment. And the specialist paint system, developed by Bates Surfaces, means excellent light reflectance for
the window-less kitchen spaces.

Ingredients for optimal light reflectance

The project brief required a high gloss level on the walls and kitchen ceiling, both for easy-clean and a high light reflectance value. The glazed Fenta tiles are about the best option on the market for these requirements because of their non-scratchable surface and unique paint finish.

The UV-cured polyurethane provides a luminous surface. Lighting is amplified in the space, making the artificial lighting more efficient. This leads to improved working conditions and lower energy costs. “We have no natural light,” says food service manager Hellen Donnithorne, “so they help make the kitchen light and bright and easy on the eye.”

A durable surface and a flexible solution

The James Hardie compressed sheet substrate makes the Fenta tiles incredibly tough, while the UV-cured high-gloss paint surface is smooth and hygienic. This makes them very easy to wipe down and maintain in this busy commercial kitchen.

Sheppard and Rout architect, Tim Dagg, describes them as “one of the better options for durability and flexibility, where you can pop out the tiles from the ceiling grid to access and maintain services concealed above.”

Fire retardant where heat sources are used

In addition to hygiene and light-reflectance, the other key feature required for a kitchen environment is fire safety. The fire rated ceiling tiles achieve the maximum New Zealand Building

Code Fire Safety Standard – Code 1-S – and also meet the New Zealand requirements for non-sprinkler environments, making them an ideal choice for food prep and commercial kitchen areas.

Product details

The tiles fit into all standard suspended ceiling grids and come in white high-gloss or white satin finish. They can be ordered in any colour when the project meets the minimum order size. Contact Bates Surfaces for further information on info@batessurfaces.co.nz or phone 0800 269 251.

Fenta distributors:
Forman Building Systems | www.forman.co.nz
Potter Interior Systems | www.potters.co.nz
T&R Interior Systems | www.tris.co.nz