BES wins £1.75 m Weston Park D&B scheme

BES, the ‘specialist in sophisticated healthcare, pharmaceutical, and cleanroom facilities’, has been awarded a £1.75 million design and build contract for a new pharmacy and aseptic suite for chemotherapy and clinical trial/ emerging therapy at Weston Park Hospital in Sheffield.

Key risk assessment consultancy appointment

Clearwater Technology, the nationwide provider of water, air, and hygiene management, has appointed Paul Wilson as head of SafeCare, its dedicated risk assessment consultancy division.

Endoscopy capacity boosted at St John’s

A UK medical technology company is helping a Lothian hospital increase its capacity for endoscopy examinations and reduce waiting times.

Advanced paediatric surgery facility completed

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and BAM Construction have completed a new children’s cardiac hybrid theatre and intra-operative MRI facility at Leeds Children’s Hospital on the Leeds General Infirmary site, creating a new dedicated environment for paediatric cardiac surgery and paediatric neurosurgery.

McAvoy appoints first CEO and a new MD as it highlights growth plans

Offsite construction specialist, the McAvoy Group, has appointed its first CEO and a new MD, further strengthening its management team, and says it has plans to double the size of its existing business by 2025. Eugene Lynch (pictured left), the company’s managing director since 2007, has taken up the position of chief executive; he will lead the Group’s expansion into the residential sector, and spearhead the investment, development, and launch, of a new offsite housing factory. Meanwhile Mark Lowry (right) has joined as MD, taking full responsibility for the existing business and the continued delivery of its strategic growth plan. He has over 30 years’ experience leading highly successful companies in the construction industry. He was formerly Group director of CRH, the world’s second largest building materials group, with 90,000 staff and sales of €26.8 billion, and, prior to that, managing director of Northstone, Northern Ireland’s largest building materials and construction group, which includes Farrans Construction.

Bartlett Institute launches ‘unique’ Healthcare Facilities MSc

UCL’s Bartlett Real Estate Institute (BREI) in London is launching a ‘unique’ MSc programme in Healthcare Facilities that will explore how the physical environment affects healthcare.

Show van with innovation 'on tap'

Glasgow-based camper-van conversion firm, Caledonian Campers, has undertaken what the designer and manufacturer of specialist thermostatic mixing valves, showers, and taps, dubs an ‘outstanding bespoke conversion’, to create a special ‘Show Van’, in which Horne Engineering can demonstrate its product range to hospital engineers and facilities management staff, infection prevention and specialist care staff, architects, consulting engineers, and FM providers.

Report advocates phasing out of greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 ‘to end UK contribution to global warming’

A new report from the Committee on Climate Change (the CCC), 'Net Zero – The UK’s contribution to stopping global warming', published on 2 May, says the UK can end its contribution to global warming within 30 years ‘by setting an ambitious new target to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050’

Framework for ‘net zero carbon’ buildings launched

The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has delivered a framework for the UK construction and property industry ‘to transition’ new and existing buildings to becoming net zero carbon by 2050, to meet the ambitions of the Paris Climate Agreement.

Bender UK signs exclusive distributor agreement

Bender UK has signed an exclusive distributor agreement with Merivaara of Finland to supply operating tables to hospitals and healthcare facilities in the UK and the Republic Ireland.

Resuscitation department transformed at Derriford Hospital

Demonstrating that it is about ‘more than modular and offsite construction’, MTX has completed a refurbishment, remodelling, and extension, of the existing Resuscitation Department at Plymouth’s Derriford Hospital, creating a new ‘resus’ unit incorporating additional beds and state-of the art equipment, while adjacent clinical activity continued uninterrupted.

'Topping out’ ceremony for new Dulwich health centre

A ‘topping out’ ceremony has recently taken place to mark the structural completion of the new health centre in Dulwich. The Mayor of Southwark, Cllr Catherine Rose, and Dulwich and West Norwood MP, Helen Hayes, joined the CCG’s director of Finance, Malcolm Hines, to ‘top out’ the new building. Each said a few words, emphasising how the development has been shaped by local people, and highlighting the hub’s central role in delivering ‘more joined-up and accessible’ health and wellbeing services in Dulwich and south Southwark.

Key healthcare appointment for economist and broadcaster

Sir Andrew Dilnot has been appointed chair of the Oversight Board for the Health Foundation’s new Health and Social Care Sustainability Research Centre (SRC). The SRC will fund and undertake research on the long-term demand and cost trends affecting health and social care in the UK, with the aim of improving the evidence base to inform policy. Working with a network of funded academic partners, it will produce robust research on the drivers of sustainability in health and social care and long-term projections of health needs, funding, and workforce.

Innovation Centre targeting catering, cleaning, and FM sectors

A ‘ground-breaking’ new Innovation Centre aimed at the catering, cleaning, and FM sectors is to open its doors for business on 1 May in Peterborough. A ‘collaboration’ between Oxford company, GreenTeck Global, ‘an innovator in alternative green technologies’, and commercial kitchen experts, CK Direct, the Centre is based at CK Direct’s factory and showroom just a mile off the A1 (M), and is unusual, Greenteck says, in featuring a fully fitted, fully operational commercial kitchen as its centrepiece, all under one bespoke, stainless steel roof, also fabricated ‘from scratch’ on the premises.

ANPR helps secure ambulance regional HQ

As part of a new centrally controlled vehicle security system, The North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) has recently updated the security of its premises at its Lancashire regional headquarters near Broughton in Preston using Nortech’s stainless steel bollards housing Nedap ANPR cameras.

Engineering vs. P. aeruginosa CPD seminar

The importance of good hand hygiene, the growing threat of antibiotic resistance, and the need to ‘reduce reservoirs of infection’ in the healthcare environment, are key points in a new, ‘highly informative and thought-provoking’ CPD presentation from specialist in temperature control for water systems, Horne Engineering.

Rapid growth in ‘smart, connected HVAC’, BSRIA says

Europe is seeing rapid growth in the market for ‘Smart Connected HVAC’ – heating, cooling or air conditioning systems connected to a network – usually the internet – enabling their performance to be monitored and analysed, research from consultancy, test, instruments and research organisation, BSRIA, reveals.

VINCI begins work on £100 m specialist hospital in Birmingham

VINCI Construction UK has started work on a new 14,728 m2 specialist hospital facility in Birmingham, which will provide acute care to private patients in the region, as well as providing extra capacity and access to specialist facilities for NHS patients.

New molecular sciences ‘research hub’ opens in London

Imperial College London has opened its biggest new academic building in a generation, describing the £167 m Molecular Sciences Research Hub on the College’s White City Campus as ‘the UK’s most significant scientific development since the Francis Crick Institute, and the largest investment in a university building in 21st century London’.

Young patients see their designs come to life in new hospital playroom

A new playroom for children at West Middlesex University Hospital, funded with the support of the ‘local community to hospital’ charity CW+’s Sun and Stars Appeal, was officially opened on 10 April by the Mayor of Hounslow, Councillor Samia Chaudhary. Young patients, their families, and staff, were central to the design process, with specialist indoor play manufacturer, Tigerplay – who CW+ commissioned for the project. There was a particular focus on traditional play such as cars, trucks, a playhouse, and kitchen toys.