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Roundtable idea to ‘supercharge’ construction’s digital future

UK building professionals should ‘take a leaf out of motor racing’s book’ to advance their use of digital technology, an industry roundtable has concluded.

Healthcare 21 Group acquires medical imaging specialist

Anglo-Irish company, Healthcare 21 Group, one of Northern Europe’s largest privately-owned healthcare companies, has completed the acquisition of Gloucestershire-based Xograph Healthcare.

Major medical gas upgrade at ‘flagship’ BMI hospital

BMI’s ‘flagship’ Alexandra Hospital in Manchester, the UK’s largest private hospital outside London, has recently undergone a major refurbishment, which included the upgrading of the hospital’s medical gas pipeline system by BeaconMedaes.

Imtech acquires public sector EPC specialist

Imtech, a technical services engineering business jointly owned by EDF Energy and Dalkia, has announced its acquisition of Breathe, a provider of Energy Performance Contracts with public sector experience, including in ‘providing tailored engineering solutions’ to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions, renew infrastructure, reduce operating costs, and improve built environments, in health, education and central government.

Handling Scotland’s clinical waste

Tradebe, ‘an international leader’ in waste reclamation and recycling solutions that manages over two million tonnes of waste annually, has officially opened a new clinical waste treatment site at Bellshill, near Glasgow.

Best practice guide to valve specification published

A new guide from steam expert, Spirax Sarco, is designed to emphasise to engineers and purchasing teams the importance of control valve specification and design.

EMS deploys ‘UK’s largest mobile decontamination unit’

The University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust has ‘partnered’ with mobile medical unit provider, EMS Healthcare, and operating theatre and surgical component, process, and technology specialist, Cantel (UK), to launch what Cantel says is the UK’s largest mobile decontamination unit.

Seven-year soft FM contract won

Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust has awarded ISS Facility Services Healthcare the contract to deliver non-clinical soft FM services across the Trust, after an extensive tender process. The seven-year contract will deliver services to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, University Hospital Lewisham, and the associated community sites. This represents a contract retention for ISS at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, and will see some 400 staff transfer to ISS from University Lewisham Hospital.

Wates appoints social enterprise in emissions reduction quest

Construction, property services, and development company, Wates Group, claims to be the first in the sector to have supported the creation of, and appointed, an independent social enterprise – Planet First Energy (PFE) – to help it reduce CO2 emissions and meet long-term sustainability goals.

‘Paradigm shift’ in construction collaboration sought

Polypipe – the manufacturer of ‘sustainable drainage and water management solutions’ – says it is proud to be one of the founding members of the C3 Alliance, a group of manufacturers, contractors, and developers, who aim to boost productivity and value on construction projects through early collaboration.

NHSPS takes the lead on accessibility information for over 200 clinical sites

In what the two organisations dub ‘a key milestone’ in their three-year partnership to date, NHS Property Services (NHSPS) and AccessAble – which provides ‘essential, detailed accessibility data’ to disabled people and carers countrywide – say such information is now available for over 200 NHS Property Services sites both on the (NHSPS) website, and via the (Android and iOS-compatible) AccessAble ‘app’, ‘to help people feel confident and empowered when visiting clinical sites’.

ENT and dental clinic with ‘hotel-like feel’ completed at UCLH

Architecture and urban design studio, Pilbrow & Partners, has completed what it dubs a ‘state-of-the-art’ ear, nose, throat, and dental specialist facility at University College London Hospital (UCLH) for the University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

MTX success at Building Better Healthcare Awards

Fast-track modular building specialist, MTX, recently won the Building Better Healthcare Award 2019 for Best Modular / Mobile Healthcare Facility for a two-storey orthopaedic operating theatre it has recently delivered to Guy’s Hospital in London.

£15 million Health Centre opens in Barrow-in-Furness

A new £15 million health centre which has seen a GP and primary health care services successfully accommodated in both a refurbished former school and a modern addition opened in Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria on 11 November.

Fusion21 announces Energy Efficiency Framework

Procurement organisation and social enterprise, Fusion21, has launched its national Energy Efficiency Framework – worth up to £250 m over four years.

Bariatric bed standard published

The Furniture Industry Research Association (FIRA) has followed the 2017 publication of its standard, FS 058: 2017 Seating - Performance and dimensional requirement for bariatric seating, with a new standard for bariatric beds, FS 060: 2019 Beds – performance and dimensional requirement for bariatric beds.

Specialist winter pressures ward delivered – fast

Modular expert, Portakabin, has built the Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust in Harlow a bespoke surgical ward in four months.

Wall protection ‘future-proofs’ PBT centre

Gradus has supplied and installed a range of bespoke wall protection solutions at the Christie NHS Foundation Trust’s new £125 m Proton Beam Therapy (PBT) Centre in Manchester – providing it with ‘invisible protection to future-proof it against everyday damage for years to come’.

An energy-efficient cooling solution

King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has safeguarded the reliability of its critical IT systems with ‘energy-efficient cooling technology’ from Stulz UK.

Steam specialist’s milestone marked

Leading steam solutions provider, Spirax Sarco, is celebrating three decades of course-accreditation from City & Guilds Group.

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