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Clean Air Strategy 2019 ‘recognises the impact of indoor air quality’

Following the launch today (14 January) of the Government's Clean Air Strategy 2019, air pollution and air filtration specialist, Camfil, says it welcomes its recognition of the effect of indoor air quality (IAQ) on people's health. The document outlines a range of recommendations that focus on reducing exposure to particulate matter (PM), the very smallest of which cause the most damage. ‘Notable mentions’ include: •Confirmation that the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is currently working on forthcoming guidance on IAQ. •News that the Government wants to raise public awareness of the potential impacts of indoor air pollution, e.g. at home and among consumers. •Confirmation that the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government will consult this spring on changes to standards in Part F of the Building Regulations, which relates to ventilation in homes and other buildings.

Plans advancing for ‘world-leading’ south London cancer ‘hub’

Plans to develop a ‘world-leading’ cancer research hub in south London have taken a major step forward, with the completion of the final stage in a £30 million investment in land. The London Borough of Sutton has purchased a further 0.38 hectares of NHS land on the site of The London Cancer Hub – a partnership with The Institute of Cancer Research, London, described as ‘one of the UK’s most significant regeneration projects’. Finalising the land deal has opened the way for the Borough – which has invested £2.199 million in the final portion of land on the site, taking the total to £30.299 million – to seek a development partner for a £350 m life science campus.
RSK Group acquires Pellings

RSK Group acquires Pellings

RSK Group, which claims to be the UK’s leading integrated environmental, engineering, and technical services business, has announced its latest acquisition – design, property, and construction consultancy, Pellings – the ninth acquisition that RSK, a privately owned company with 36 international offices, over 2,700 staff, and an annual turnover of £200 m, has made in the 2018/2019 financial year. A UK company, Pellings employs around 125 staff, with an annual turnover of £12.5 million and four offices in London and south-east England.

AECOM to design new ‘integrated’ facility for Moorfields

Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, UCL, and Moorfields Eye Charity, have announced that AECOM, Penoyre & Prasad, and White Arkitekter, have been appointed to design their proposed new centre for eye care, research, and education in London under a scheme proposal called Oriel. The appointment follows a ‘comprehensive’ six-month long RIBA-led competition process. Oriel is a joint proposal from Moorfields Eye Hospital, UCL, and Moorfields Eye Charity to relocate all services from Moorfields Eye Hospital on City Road and the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology on Bath Street to a new, purpose-built facility at a preferred site at St Pancras Hospital.
Isle of Man hospice adopts Cable Koala

Isle of Man hospice adopts Cable Koala

An Isle of Man hospice has enhanced its bedside cable management by using the Cable Koala, a new magnetic cable tie from HellermannTyton.
Developing ‘self-healing’ concrete

Developing ‘self-healing’ concrete

Researchers at the University of Cambridge are using microencapsulation technologies developed by Dolomite Microfluidics to develop ‘self-healing’ construction materials.
Linear wood ceiling for RNOH’s striking atrium

Linear wood ceiling for RNOH’s striking atrium

Architectural product specialist, Hunter Douglas Architectural, has supplied its leading solid wood linear ceiling for a new £40 million hospital in London that has replaced buildings dating back to the Second World War.

Compact macerator for Norwich Spire extended recovery unit

Spire Healthcare has installed Vernacare’s ‘innovative new’ Vernacare Compact single-use toileting and cleansing waste disposal technology at its newly refurbished extended recovery unit at Spire Norwich Hospital.
Static awarded Grange University Hospital contract

Static awarded Grange University Hospital contract

Static Systems Group has been awarded the contract to supply and install nurse call systems and bedhead services trunking at the new £350 million Grange University Hospital in South Wales, designed by architects, BDP.

Big rise in NHS funding confirmed

Confirmation of the extra £20.5 billion more in ‘real-terms’ annual funding for the NHS by 2023-2024 announced last June – including at least £2 billion annually for mental health, and an end to the current PFI model, were among the notable elements impacting on health and social care in Chancellor Philip Hammond’s 2018 Budget Speech delivered on 29 October.
Medical centre on former town hall site

Medical centre on former town hall site

Eric Wright Health and Care, working in partnership with Wigan Council and Wigan Borough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), has commenced the construction of a new £4 million health centre in Ashton in Makerfield, Wigan, in Greater Manchester, on the site of the former town hall.

More patient care in the community

More NHS patients will be cared for at home and in their community to avoid them going into or staying in hospital unnecessarily, the Prime Minister, Theresa May, has announced, as she pledged to cut ‘needless’ hospital admissions and help inpatients return home sooner – through community-based ‘rapid response teams’, and dedicated support for care home residents.
Eastwood Park Training marks 50th year

Eastwood Park Training marks 50th year

Eastwood Park, the long-established engineering, estates, and facilities management training centre, this year celebrates 50 years of delivering training.
Steam system upgrade for cancer institute

Steam system upgrade for cancer institute

The Beatson Institute for Cancer Research in Glasgow, a ‘world-class’ biological research facility that conducts studies into the basic biology of cancer, has streamlined maintenance of its steam systems with the help of Spirax Sarco, in the process ‘mitigating outstanding risk’ and freeing up in-house resource within its Facilities team to focus on other activities.

Long-Term Plan aims for ‘an NHS fit for the future’

The NHS Long Term Plan, launched on 7 January, sets out how the £20.5 billion budget settlement for the NHS, announced by the Prime Minister last summer, will be spent over the next five years, and includes measures to prevent 150,000 heart attacks, strokes, and dementia cases, as well as to provide better access to mental health services for adults and children.

Winter Fund monies being well spent

Hospitals across England are delivering 81 projects to provide improvements this winter using money from a £420 million Winter Fund.

Guide to how better data can enhance building performance

A new publication from BSRIA – Building Services Analytics – BG 75/2018 – is designed to raises awareness and provide guidance to building owners and all those involved in the design, construction, and operation of buildings and building services on how the correct capture and analysis of data can be used to drive improvement in building performance.

‘First-of-a-kind’ wellbeing campus for Belfast

The first phase of plans to transform the King’s Hall heritage site in south Belfast to a Health and Wellbeing Campus has been granted approval by Belfast City Council.

UKATA calls for greater public sector asbestos awareness

A leading authority for asbestos training provision in the UK, the UK Asbestos Training Association (UKATA), is urging all public sector employees – including those in NHS hospitals – to be ‘asbestos-aware’ in order to better manage what it dubs ‘the ‘ticking time-bomb’ in thousands of public buildings.

BEIS report backs tougher action on late payment

A ‘hard-hitting report’ from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Select Committee has backed the building engineering industry’s calls for tougher action on late payment.

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