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. Developed by Prime and funded by M&G, with additional investment coming from HCA UK, the 138-bed specialist hospital facility is being built on the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham campus for a partnership between HCA Healthcare UK (HCA UK) and University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust Foundation Trust (UHB). The hospital will include a radiotherapy unit, and ‘state-of-the-art’ operating theatres. It will feature technology ‘to provide some of the most complex surgical and medical procedures and treatments’ across cancer, cardiology, neurology, hepatobiliary, and urology, orthopaedics, and stem cell transplantation.

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’. The new facility was opened by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, with Imperial’s President, Alice Gast, Science Museum Group chair, Dame Mary Archer, and Bernard Taylor, chair of the Royal Commission for the Exhibition for 1851. Said by Imperial College to be ‘designed to break down traditional barriers between scientific disciplines’, the Molecular Sciences Research Hub will bring together the collective expertise of over 800 scientists, clinicians, engineers, and business partners under one roof, ‘to address global challenges across areas such as energy, healthcare, and sustainability’.
Young patients see their designs come to life in new hospital playroom

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.

Health sector organisations pledge support for sustainability commitments

The Sustainable Development Unit (SDU) has worked in collaboration with a Cross System Group, comprising key representatives of organisations across the health and care sector, to establish what it describes as ‘significant sustainability commitments’ on behalf of 10 Arm’s Length Bodies (ALBs).

Revised British Standard for fire safety engineering published

BSI, the business improvement company, has significantly revised the 2001 edition of the original British Standard for fire safety engineering, BS 7974, and has published a new version entitled BS 7974:2019 - Application of fire safety engineering principles to the design of buildings.

New funding to research health impact of climate change

Under Secretary of State at the Department of Health and Social Care, Baroness Nicola Blackwood, has announced up to £56 million in funding ‘for research into the biggest challenges facing public health’.

Leading lift specialist to speak in London

A leading lift and escalator expert, Eur Ing Dave Cooper, managing director of UK-based independent lift, escalator, and vertical transport consultant, LECS (UK), will give a free presentation focusing on ‘the lift and escalator for 2019’ in Central London on 4 April, starting at 12.30pm.
Control of Interserve moves to new company

Control of Interserve moves to new company

Control of UK-headquartered international support services, construction, and equipment services company, Interserve, which provides a range of construction and facilities management services to the healthcare sector, has moved to a new company after administrators were appointed.
MAT’s turnkey project at Merseyside hospital

MAT’s turnkey project at Merseyside hospital

Specialist contractor, Medical Air Technology (MAT), has upgraded Theatre 2 at Fairfield Independent Hospital in St Helens, Merseyside, one of the few remaining independent charitable hospitals in the country, to ultraclean with the addition of one of its ECO-flow ultraclean ventilation (UCV) system. MAT was appointed after the hospital undertook a formal tender process and the board approved its business case, which the company says ‘demonstrated a clear understanding of the requirements and project drivers, supported by straightforward, concise project proposals that gave cost certainty and evidence of flexibility of installation to meet surgical demands’. In addition to the theatre refit, MAT carried out hydrogen peroxide disinfection of both theatre suites and the surrounding department. The installation was completed in just 18 working days over the Christmas and New Year period to ensure a prompt handover.

Established architects cite joining forces' benefits

Cowan Architects has announced that it has incorporated Alexander Sedgley Architects of Greenwich into its East Grinstead and London Bridge practice, with immediate effect.
Estates teams ‘constantly playing catch-up’

Estates teams ‘constantly playing catch-up’

A new report from independent charity, The Health Foundation, concludes that ‘a short-termist approach’ has resulted in ‘years of declining and inadequate capital spending for the NHS in England, risking patient care and staff productivity’.

Government plans to combat AMR

The Government has published both a ‘20-year Vision’ and ‘5-year National Action Plan’ for how the UK will contribute to containing and controlling antimicrobial resistance (AMR) by 2040.

IPS ‘officially endorses’ UVGI technology

Following ‘a rigorous evaluation’, E-CO says the Infection Prevention Society (IPS) panel has ‘officially endorsed’ its Ultra Violet Germicidal Irradiation (UVGI) technology.
Engineering ‘competence'

Engineering ‘competence'

The Engineering Council has worked with BSI to develop an internationally applicable Publicly Available Specification (PAS 525) for assessing the competence and commitment of engineering professionals.
Specialist children’s facilities completed

Specialist children’s facilities completed

Built environment and estates consultancy, Essentia Trading Ltd (ETL), has overseen and managed a complex refurbishment project to create a specialist unit both for young people requiring long-term ventilation, and those receiving neuro rehabilitation care, for the Evelina London Children’s Hospital, operated by the Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.

ENGIE secures m £1.3 bn QEH Portsmouth FM contract

ENGIE has secured 22-year, £1.3 bn facilities management contract at Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth, with the scope including ‘total FM’, project works, and lifecycle management.

Proceed ‘but with care’ on personal budgets, think tank argues

Over a million people will spend public funds on their own behalf through a personal budget, says a new report, Proceed with caution: What makes personal budgets work?’, from public services ‘think tank’, Reform.

Building installation phase completed for £15 m hospital wing in Northumbria

In a £15 m contract – the Group’s largest healthcare project to date – offsite construction specialist, The McAvoy Group, has craned the final modules into position for a new wing at Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital in Cramlington.

Skanska completes Royal Papworth Hospital construction

Construction work on the new Royal Papworth Hospital on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus is now complete. The Skanska team has delivered the new hospital, designed by lead architects, HOK, which will include five operating theatres, five catheter laboratories (for non-surgical procedures) and two hybrid theatres. The 310-bedded hospital will incorporate a 46-bed critical care unit, and most patients will have single, en-suite rooms.

Half of GP practice buildings ‘not fit for purpose’, BMA surveys suggests

Only half of GP practice buildings in England are fit for purpose, with surgeries too small to meet the demands of growing populations, a major survey on practice premises from the British Medical Association (BMA) has found. In the light of the survey’s findings, the BMA has urged urging the Government to use next month’s spending review to invest in GP premises. It says health bosses must also ‘remove bureaucratic barriers that can often prevent practices carrying out the improvements that they need’.

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