Construction and Infrastructure
Architects of NHS face masks revealed as Gloucester firm
A firm usually more at home designing buildings has been revealed as one of the businesses now helping provide vital protective clothing for NHS staff fighting the effects of COVID-19.
No strangers to thinking outside the box, the ingenious minds within the Gloucester Docks-based practice that is Quattro Design Architects employed a little of their lateral thinking to turn manufacturer instead.
Realising their 3D printers, usually used to create design models for building projects, could be re-purposed they set about working on the items of PPE, the shortage of which remains a major issue for frontline workers treating patients with the coronavirus.
The results – developed in partnership with Balcarras School in Charlton Kings - are parts for face shield visors.
Jonathan White, senior associate at Quattro, said the move had come from a conversation about how the firm might be able to help – and resulted in conversations with the NHS Trust to develop the final design.
“At the moment we can produce 40 facemasks per week, which we've been told will make a huge difference to those frontline staff,” said Mr White.
“Quattro simply wants to support NHS staff. Many of our employees live with or know somebody who is working tirelessly within the NHS and putting their lives on the line. We want to help protect them.”
The Raikes Journal understands talks have also been underway with another Gloucestershire business to help support production, with materials being sourced from around the UK.
Quattro is particularly keen to hear from anyone who can help with the supply of 0.5mm PETG face shield material.