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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’.

Langwith’s ‘outdated’ medical centre set for replacement

Construction contractor, Stepnell, and specialist care sector developer, Brackley Investments, have celebrated the start of construction on a new NHS medical centre to replace Langwith Medical Centre, a primary care base in Derbyshire run by Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust. Brackley has appointed Nottingham-based Stepnell to the £1.1 million construction contract to deliver the facility, which will be located within sight of the current ‘outdated’ practice premises, on Langwith’s Main Street.

Royal Academy of Engineering set to elect first Scottish President

The Trustee Board of the Royal Academy of Engineering has nominated Professor Sir Jim McDonald FREng, FRSE, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Strathclyde, as its Presidential candidate for election by Fellows at the September 2019 AGM.
Opening for ‘one of Europe’s largest endoscopy centres’

Opening for ‘one of Europe’s largest endoscopy centres’

The Gastroenterology Department at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH) has moved some of its services to the Quadram Institute (pictured), a multi-million pound facility on Norwich Research Park, which will now be home to a range of endoscopy and bowel cancer screening services.
Help addressing winter pressures

Help addressing winter pressures

A Foundation Trust is addressing winter pressures with the addition of a mobile theatre unit, which it says will help it increase its operational capacity by an estimated 120 procedures a month.
‘Sharp rise’ in temporary handwash hires

‘Sharp rise’ in temporary handwash hires

The Teal Task Force service – which supports medical environments with ‘high quality’ hot water hand washing sinks, delivering units to site to meet demand as a result of unplanned or planned water supply interruptions – says that while the winter season has always generated high demand for the hire service, it has seen ‘a significant increase’ over the last three months
Adey launches dedicated Commercial Division

Adey launches dedicated Commercial Division

Global water treatment and magnetic filtration manufacturer, Adey, has launched a new Commercial Division, ‘dedicated to providing a complete package of water management solutions and services for commercial heating and cooling systems’.

Healthcare sanitaryware specialist celebrates 100 years

This year Pland Stainless will mark 100 years in British manufacturing.
Helping plant managers enhance steam knowledge

Helping plant managers enhance steam knowledge

Arguing that plant managers ‘would benefit from developing a basic understanding of the properties of steam’, Spirax Sarco says that a new guide, The Fundamentals of Steam Quick Start Guide, ‘identifies several core elements to help develop knowledge within key areas’.

Medical gastraining ‘when time is key’

HAC Medical Gas Training and Services has developed a new e-learning package, adherent to HTM 02-01 (and SHTM 02-01) standards, ‘to make medical gas training more accessible and time-efficient for nursing and clinical personnel’.

Revised British standard on Legionella risk assessment

BSI, the business standards company, has released British standard BS 8580-1:2019: Water quality. Risk assessments for Legionella control. Code of practice, ‘a significant revision to the 2010 British Standard providing further guidelines for assessing water quality and the risk of Legionnaires’ disease’. BSI explained: “This standard gives recommendations and guidance on the assessment of the risk of Legionellosis presented by artificial water systems. Legionellosis is a collective term for diseases caused by bacteria of the genus Legionella, an opportunist pathogen which normally inhabits warm, moist or aquatic environments.”

Aiming to get cancers diagnosed and treated earlier

AFL Architects has been appointed to support Rutherford Diagnostics, a wholly owned subsidiary of Proton Partners, as it ‘plans to embark on an ambitious programme of healthcare development across the UK’. Awarded the programme of works contract in 2018 following a competitive tender, the practice will work with Rutherford Estates as delivery partner across the schemes. The first going into construction is the five-storey Rutherford Diagnostics HQ building in Liverpool, as part of the £1bn Paddington Village masterplan. The project broke ground in early January, with the building to be located directly adjacent to the Rutherford Cancer Centre, which is currently in its later stages of construction.

Leading UK and Canadian architects form partnership

BDP has made ‘a strategic investment’ in Toronto-based Quadrangle, ‘one of Canada’s most respected architecture and interior design practices’. The practices say the partnership will create a platform for continued international growth in key markets and sectors across Canada and North America.

Prime acquires Interserve Prime and sets out ‘new vision’

Health and care property company, Prime, has completed a deal to purchase full shares in joint venture company, Interserve Prime. The company will be known as Prime Partnering Solutions. Prime says the acquisition ‘will have no impact on ongoing projects, other than to offer increased efficiency and the convenience of a single point of contact to clients and suppliers’. It added: “Interserve remains a key supply chain partner to Prime, and the two companies continue to enjoy a good working relationship.”

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