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Best practice guide on key copy protection published

The Door & Hardware Federation (DHF) has launched a Best Practice Guide entitled ‘How to obtain Key Copy Protection: security and protection advice regarding copying of keys’, which it says offers information on minimising the risk of a security breach by preventing the unauthorised copying of keys. The DHF explains: “To copy a key, one has to obtain a suitable key ‘blank’ onto which the individual key code can be copied. Many generic key blanks are readily available to UK locksmiths and key cutters, making obtaining key copies convenient, but a risk to security.

Wates Group set to expand ‘FM’ offering

The Wates Group is set to expand its facilities management offering with the launch of Wates Facilities Management (‘Wates FM’) – a new business with expanded nationwide capabilities. Formerly operating as Wates Smartspace FM, Wates FM will build on the company’s existing nationwide portfolio of ‘total facilities management services’ across environments including banking, retail, and healthcare, and will seek opportunities to provide FM support to both private and public sector customers. Wates FM will become part of Wates’ Property Services division alongside the Group’s Living Space business, which provides planned and responsive repairs for over 500,000 social housing properties. This restructure will allow the two businesses to combine their expertise, improving the service offered to customers.

Mace report calls for ‘construction revolution’

International consultancy and construction company, Mace, says its latest analysis suggests the NHS could be boosted 'by the equivalent of 13,500 new nurses' if there was a ‘construction revolution’ that could enhance productivity in the UK’s hospitals. Its new report, Insights 2019, 'Transforming society: Using construction as a catalyst to deliver change', authored by associate director at WPI Economics, Steve Hughes, a former analyst at the Bank of England and head of economics and social policy at ‘think tank’, Policy Exchange, argues that – beyond significant on-site productivity increases and cheaper, more sustainable construction – ‘the adoption of innovative engagement and production approaches to buildings’ design and construction could deliver a revolution in the delivery of our public services’.
'Smart medicine dispenser’ wins Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation

'Smart medicine dispenser’ wins Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation

A 31-year-old electrical engineer, Neo Hutiri, has won the Royal Academy of Engineering’s 2019 Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation – the first South African to win the prestigious prize – for he and his team’s Pelebox smart locker system designed to dispense medicine to patients with chronic conditions.
Mobile handsets improve response and patient safety

Mobile handsets improve response and patient safety

Thousands of staff are giving safer, more efficient care to patients at 19 hospital sites in North East Scotland, says Ascom UK, thanks to the deployment of its mobile handsets and messaging software, which have enabled medical personnel to stop using ‘old-fashioned’ pagers for all but emergency communication.

MTX achieves BIM Level 2 certification

Construction and engineering company and modular building specialist, MTX Contracts, has achieved Tier 1 British Standards Institute (BSI) Building Information Modelling (BIM) Level 2 Business / Certification following a 12-month verification process.

RAE appoints new head of Engineering Policy

The Royal Academy of Engineering has announced the appointment of Dr Shabana Haque OBE as its head of Engineering Policy ‘to help enhance government’s access to expert engineering policy advice’.

Medical technology company secures Framework place

Vanguard Healthcare Solutions has been awarded a place on a national framework to provide clinical managed services. The medical technology company has won a place under the NHS SBS (NHS Shared Business Services) Clinical Managed Services Agreement. The Framework Agreement makes provision for a wide range of clinical managed services, managed maintenance services, and consultancy services, to support Managed Service Provision (Lot 1). The framework covers a period of four years from 1 January 2019-31 December 2023, with the provision to extend for a further year.

Furniture helps create ‘world-class’ acute hospital

Deanestor has manufactured and installed over 5,000 furniture items in a £1.4 million contract for the new Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary.
Dedicated website on Internet of Things technology

Dedicated website on Internet of Things technology

Intelligent washroom control and water efficiency specialist, Cistermiser’s new website dedicated to IoT (Internet of Things) water temperature and flow monitoring, www.linkthru.com, provides full details on ‘the many practical advantages delivered by this innovative use of technology’.
BES wins £1.75 m Weston Park D&B scheme

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

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

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

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

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'

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 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.

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