Striking Plymouth facility has an eye to the future

The striking new Royal Eye Infirmary building created off site for Derriford Hospital in Plymouth by Modern Methods of Construction specialist, MTX, opened to patients last October to meet increasing demand for eye surgery and treatment from across Devon and Cornwall. HEJ editor, Jonathan Baillie, reports.

Harnessing a standard ‘kit of parts’ approach pays off

Patrick Morrison, Healthcare Sector director for NG Bailey’s Engineering Division, discusses the engineering and services business’s use of Modern Methods of Construction and a standard ‘kit of parts’ approach to healthcare schemes – which enables it to deliver projects ‘in a significantly safer, better, greener, and more efficient way’ than using traditional construction methods. He draws for ‘evidence’ particularly on recent such work for the Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

How decanting can address current NHS challenges

At October’s Healthcare Estates 2023 conference, offsite manufacturer, McAvoy, held a roundtable to which it invited a panel of UK industry experts – all from the healthcare sector – to explore the topic ‘How can decanting assist with the current challenges NHS Trusts are facing with the provision of new facilities?’, with a view to identifying some solutions. The company’s head of Design and Technical services, Martin Harvey, reports on an interesting discussion.

Need for greater education on project cost breakdowns

Scott Tacchi, Head of MMC at Sir Robert McAlpine, argues that for the true benefits of MMC approaches to be understood, a comprehensive breakdown of the cost-benefits to provide the data and information necessary to effectively implement MMC practices from a cost reduction perspective is required.

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