Army Supports Oxfordshire Hospital Using FAUN Trackway Helipad - Army Technology
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Army Supports Oxfordshire Hospital Using FAUN Trackway Helipad

FAUN Trackway Limited, the leading manufacturer of environmentally friendly, ground stabilisation Trackway solutions, has delivered a temporary helipad­, access lane and patient transfer area to John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

The contract sees the helipad relocated whilst essential maintenance work is carried out to the West Wing building exterior over the next two years.

In support of the project, military personnel seconded to the UK Defence and Security Exports, Export Support Team under command of Capt Ade Whitehouse RE, deployed the 20m x 20m helipad and adjoining access route this week. Comprising of military-graded aluminium panels, FAUN Trackway’s durable systems have been in use by Armed Forces worldwide for over 60 years. Work is currently underway to lay the Trackway®, which is interlocked in multiples using tongue and groove joints and completed with lighting array and lane demarcation provided by Systems Interface Limited. The Helicopter Landing Mat is secured to the ground using Vulcan Earth Anchors supplied by Anchor Systems Limited.

Chris Kendall, CEO at FAUN Trackway Limited, said: “Our Trackway solutions are renowned for their quality, versatility and environmental benefits. Whilst ensuring pilot, crew and passenger safety, the systems improve the load bearing capacity of the ground underneath, making it perfect for use as a temporary helipad, and eliminating the issues that come with concrete landing mats. During the two-year period, the ground conditions will not be hindered and once the system is lifted, the area will be as it was”.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission whilst executing a project of this magnitude, the team used Virusend Spray – developed by Pritchard Spray Technology Ltd in conjunction with the British Army. The eco-friendly, multi-surface disinfectant spray kills Coronavirus to certified standards in just one minute.

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