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Kier to deliver three-year capital works programme at UHB

Kier has been appointed by the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust (UHB) to deliver a three-year programme of capital works, with the aim of achieving ‘a modern, contemporary, and clinically efficient, estate by 2026’.

Work begins on A&E expansion and refurb at Brighton’s Royal Sussex

Willmott Dixon Interiors has begun work on the first phase of a project to expand and refurbish A&E facilities at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton.

BDP’s Greenheys plans for Manchester Science Park lab approved

Architect, BDP’s plans for the latest phase of Bruntwood SciTech’s Manchester Science Park have been approved.

£13m in Salix funding to reduce carbon emissions and energy costs at Hartlepool hospital

North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust has been granted more than £13 m via Salix – which administers funds on behalf of the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero – to make a wide range of improvements to the University Hospital of Hartlepool.

Government boosts use of independent sector capacity to cut NHS waits

Thirteen new community diagnostic centres – including eight independently-run CDCs – are opening across the country to deliver more than 742,000 additional scans, tests, and checks, a year, the Department of Health & Social Care has announced.

Mental health to be a key focus for occupational health and safety ‘alliance’

Nine of the UK’s most prominent health and safety organisations have united to form the Occupational Safety and Health Stakeholder Alliance.

Merit to deliver new Elective Hub in Solihull in just 10 months

Northumberland-headquartered Merit, which claims to be ‘the UK’s leading industrialised construction and digital manufacturing specialist’, has been appointed by University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust Foundation to design and deliver its new Elective Hub (Operating Theatre Block).

Regional pathology laboratory completed at Leeds’s LGI

Construction by BAM of a new regional pathology laboratory at the Leeds General Infirmary has been completed, and – once operational – Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust says it will help ‘transform’ diagnostic services and testing right across West Yorkshire.

BESA backs call to triple retrofit recruitment

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has called for a major injection of funding and planning into addressing the skills shortage which it claims is preventing the refurbishment and retrofitting of buildings in line with the Government's carbon reduction targets.

Howorth expands in US with new North Carolina facility

A clean air technology business has announced a major expansion in North America with a new facility to serve a growing client base in the pharmaceuticals sector.

‘Inefficient’ technology hampering surgical efficiency, study finds

A survey of 300 UK surgeons by global healthcare technology company, Medtronic, has found that each surgeon loses an average of four hours a week due to inefficient technology – equal to more than an entire working month each year.

Work starts on new main entrance at Portsmouth’s Queen Alexandra Hospital

Construction of the new main entrance at Queen Alexandra (QA) Hospital in Portsmouth – which will include changing facilities and a Marks & Spencer food store among new patient and staff amenities – is now underway.

£11 m ambulance hub being built in Bury St Edmunds

Assura plc, reportedly the UK private sector’s largest primary care property investor and developer, has moved on site with the development of a £11 million Ambulance Hub in Bury St Edmunds.

Plans for James Paget diagnostic centre takes further step forward

Plans for a new Diagnostic Centre at the James Paget University Hospital (JPUH) in Great Yarmouth (see visualisation) have taken a further step forward following ‘a significant investment’ from the Department of Health and Social Care.

Medway Trust gets real-time electronic bed management and patient flow system

Medway NHS Foundation Trust has signed a long-term contract with TeleTracking UK to deliver the Trust’s new Care Co-ordination Centre, ‘a centralised, holistic approach for bed management and patient flow’.

CABE ‘delivering the future of building control’ with new regulator

CABE’s Building Inspector Competence Assessment Scheme has been approved as an independent provider scheme by the Building Safety Regulator (BSR).

Caddick completes North West’s new £6 m ‘sustainable’ health centre

Caddick Construction has completed construction of Milnrow & Newhey Medical Centre in Rochdale, which is set to be United Healthcare Developments’ ‘most sustainable’ healthcare facility, and will bring improved services to patients in Greater Manchester.

NAO report highlights delays and need for ‘greater transparency’ on New Hospital Programme

The Government's New Hospital Programme (NHP) has experienced delays, and is expected to deliver 32 of the intended target of 40 new hospitals by 2030, according to a new National Audit Office report (NAO).

‘Ethical and sustainable construction expert’ recognised in ‘top leaders’ list

NHS Property Services’ director of Responsible Business, Dr Shamir Ghumra, has been named in the Top 50 Workplace Leaders List in recognition of his influence and impact in the industry.

New Prestbury Medical Centre is Assura Group’s 100th project

Assura Group has completed its 100th development at Prestbury in Wolverhampton. Work on Prestbury Medical Centre in Wolverhampton commenced in May 2022, and was completed on 29 June this year, with the new £6 m facility set to bring together two local surgeries with more than 14,500 patients, re-locating from premises that were not fit for purpose.

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