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Mental health site

A case study of door entry at Rathview Mental Health Facility, pictured, on the outskirts of Omagh. The £2.8m, 1169m2 site contains a 12-bed Discharge Unit and a six-bed Recovery Unit, arranged around two central courtyards. It offers community-based mental health services in Northern Ireland.

Owned by The Western Health and Social Care Trust and designed by Todd Architects, Comelit worked with electrical consultants on site, WYG Belfast, from the tender to project completion. Besides the entrance, staff stations and concierge were covered.

Says Gary Hewitt, Consultant at Chubb NI Ltd, who worked on Rathview: “This was an incredibly sensitive works programme, where the design of the building was not just important from an aesthetic perspective, but also to ensure a positive impact on the recovery process for residents; and for staff to operate in an environment where they feel safe and secure. Comelit was specified through experience and evidence of its understanding of requirements on site, together with the system being IP based, hence highly flexible and configurable. These elements came together to allow for residents to experience independence in a domestic environment, with autonomous access to their accommodation.”

Comelit was specified for the door entry for all four entrance points, and a total of four 316 Sense panels installed, with two staff stations and a concierge unit.

Each of the 12 apartments were fitted with a pull cord and emergency response button, cabled into Comelit’s Mini handsfree monitors. Designed to operate through Comelit’s VIP product, it uses the Security Systems Network and allows a priority call to the concierge in case of emergency.

Mike Campbell, Business Development Manager at Comelit Group UK added: “Rathview is an important development in the context of provision of mental health facilities across Northern Ireland, where every part of the site is seen as potentially having therapeutic value. We have worked in partnership with the consultants on site to create a door entry solution that can ensure a balance of a welcoming, encouraging environment, whilst maintaining the safety and security of residents, visitors and staff.”


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