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All-steel operating theatre

This theatre was constructed by the medical equipment division of Calmic Ltd in association with T. P. Bennett & Son at a cost of £68,000. It is designed in metric dimensions and built to the Wellcome industrialised modular theatre system.

Sterility, temperature, humidity and light are all controlled in this theatre. The structure is self-supporting and comes as a complete package only requiring erection by Calmic engineers and connection to water, steam and electric supplies. The all-steel construction makes it ideal for the tropics. The standard units provide six sizes of theatre and all steel is galvanized while the wall panels are additionally protected with a 1mm PVC coating.

It is claimed that the total departmental cost can be 30 per cent lower than with traditional methods since the building required to house the theatre is much less complex.

From Building With Steel, November 1971

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