NRS Relief’s new generation, high-performance, multi-purpose tent
At NRS Relief, we follow a cycle of innovation, and once our products have served beneficiaries in the field, we collaborate closely with our clients to incorporate their feedback into the next cycle of product development. We call this ‘Innovation in Action’.
This approach can be illustrated by the recent transformation of our popular multi-purpose Huggy™ tents into the next generation of camp solutions. The Huggy™ tent was originally developed to be mainly used as a school or accommodation tent, and has now been used successfully in such a way all around the world. However, we learnt that these tents were being used in much more demanding and specialist applications than had been anticipated. Clients informed us that the tents were being used as field hospitals, that they were being used on missions that exposed the structures to severe weather and other environmental conditions, and even that they were being deployed and transported in new ways. All these issues were highlighted recently in West Africa during the Ebola crisis.
We embarked upon an ambitious research programme to address these challenges, and our research coalesced into three primary development objectives: to enhance tent materials, to increase weather resistance and to broaden the range of possible tent usages. The end result was HuggyPRO, the next generation field hospital and camp solution.
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The HuggyPRO’s product highlights include an all-new lightweight steel frame offering greater strength, a high-performance laminated polyethylene cover and an enhanced shade cover. Fully fire retardant and UV-resistant, and adaptable to all climates, this tent can be deployed in any environment.
Our research team went back to the drawing board and developed a brand new PE fabric for the HuggyPRO cover, that is strong, durable, lightweight, UV and fire resistant, and impervious to water, rot and mildew. This has the added advantage of being easy to clean, and resistant to most disinfectants and detergents, making the tent ideal for medical uses.
The HuggyPRO has a modular design with a choice of three sizes: 24m2, 42m2 and 72m2, with a width of 6m. Multiple tents can be connected lengthways to create much larger structures. A range of optional accessories further broadens the potential uses of this tent.
The HuggyPRO tents offer sufficient space to place hospitals beds opposite each other, leaving room for a walkway in between. The tents can be fitted with an inner tent and partition walls to create separate areas for triage, treatment and hospitalisation. By connecting several tents together, each tent can have an individual function such as operating theatre, ICU, radiology or storage. The HuggyPRO™ is well ventilated, yet keeps sand, dust and water out, and the new PE cover makes it easy to disinfect and clean.
The HuggyPRO™ is also an ideal accommodation solution and provides efficient space to place field beds or bunk beds opposite each other. With partition wall curtains the space can be divided in different areas, and when the tent needs to accommodate people for longer periods, individual sleeping cabins may be installed for added comfort and privacy.
The tent is also ideal for administrative use, such as offices, staff accommodation or command post. It is also well-suited to support uses such as providing appropriate space for kitchen, dining rooms or shower facilities.
Solid flooring system
NRS Relief’s Solid Flooring System is the ideal flooring solution for emergency response situations, offering interlocking flooring for our multi-purpose tents and mobile storage units. It is lightweight, load-bearing and withstands high impact. It can cover grass, sand, asphalt, and other sensitive and uneven surfaces. The interlocking panels hinge at the connections, allowing higher loads.
The system has been designed to enable fast and easy deployment, and requires minimal labour to install. The panels can be stacked for storage and transport, or made into rolls for quicker assembly.