Former Rochester hospital sold for development

St Bartholomew’s, a former hospital in Rochester, has been sold to MCR Property Group for redevelopment, raising funds for reinvestment into the NHS estate and freeing up land for more local homes to be built.

SEC Group calls for ‘regulatory authority’ for construction

Speaking on the 25th Anniversary of the Specialist Engineering Contractors’ (SEC) Group, the Group’s chairman, Trevor Hursthouse OBE, called for the setting up of a statutory authority to regulate industry practice.

'Record’ NHS funding to offer ‘a better alternative’ to hospital

More NHS patients will be cared for at home and in their community to avoid them going into or staying in hospital unnecessarily, 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.

£12 million investment to double ‘cutting-edge’ cancer care

In a move that it says will allow an additional 1,000 people suffering with cancer to receive ‘world-class cancer care’ closer to home, GenesisCare has announced that building work has started on a £12 m expansion to create ‘a stateof-the-art’ cancer imaging and treatment centre’, GenesisCare, Oxford.

‘Global future’ for UK brand

Pegler Yorkshire, part of the Aalberts Group, is to be bring together its technologies ‘under the iconic brand name’ of Pegler.

Essentia’s LED lighting and battery storage frameworks ‘go live’

Essentia Trading has announced the winning contractors for two new energysaving frameworks that it says ‘offer unique savings guarantees for NHS Trusts and other public sector organisations’ – the Essentia LED Lighting Framework and the Essentia Battery Storage Framework.

Trend appoints new business unit director for Europe

Trend Control Systems, the international manufacturer and supplier of building energy management systems (BEMS), has announced a new appointment to its senior management team, in the form of Stefano D’Agostino.

C-TEC has a new UK sales manager

Leading life-safety systems manufacturer, C-TEC, has announced the promotion of Brian Foster to the newly created role of UK Sales manager.

Webinar on on-site testing for waterborne pathogens

The Water Management Society is to host a webinar entitled ‘On-site testing for waterborne pathogens and speed of response to contamination events’, presented by Dr Paul McDermott, director of PJM-HS Consulting, on 5 December this year.

Hi-line relocates to allow expansion

Hi-line Industries has moved into a new, larger production facility in Burtonupon-Trent, to meet growing demand for its range of compressed air purification equipment.

BESA President dubs any further Brexit extension ‘unhelpful’

A further extension to the Brexit transition period would be ‘hugely unhelpful’ to the construction and building services sectors, the President of the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA), Tim Hopkinson, has said. He told the Association’s 2018 National Conference that ‘the one thing businesses crave above all else is certainty’, and that the proposal to extend transition arrangements after the UK leaves the European Union would further delay investment decisions.

Bender UK opens new operating theatre showroom

A new purpose-built operating theatre has been completed at Bender UK’s Ulverston headquarters in Cumbria to offer what the company says is ‘a world-class training and demonstration base’ for new and existing customers to experience its technology first-hand. The new theatre showroom was formally opened by Bender managing director, Gareth Brunton, on 5 November, during a first customer visit by staff from Manchester University Hospitals. The demonstration room showcases theatre and clinical equipment offered by Bender as part of its turnkey healthcare solutions for new build and hospital upgrade programmes. It is connected to a plant room with medical IT power systems or isolated power system (IPS) and uninterruptible power supply (UPS) to replicate power for group 2 medical locations, simulating events such as loss of power and shut-down.

McAvoy wins largest healthcare project yet

The McAvoy Group has been awarded its largest healthcare project to date – a £15 m contract for the offsite construction of a new wing at Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital in Cramlington. Due for completion next Spring, the 6,500 m2, three-storey building will be linked to the existing hospital. The first floor will be fitted out as part of this contract to accommodate one of the UK’s first purpose-designed Ambulatory Care units, with the other two floors fitted out in the next phase of the development.

‘Complete supply chain visibility’ at ‘new’ Chase Farm

Medstor has supplied over 370 full-height and base cabinets, for use across the hospital, and which are said to facilitate location of goods and eliminate stock-outs, plus 250 procedure trolleys and mobile carts in a variety of sizes and heights, for the ‘new’ Chase Farm Hospital in Enfield.

UK’s Artificial Intelligence ‘revolution’ gets new backing

Patients are set to benefit from radical advances in medical technology using artificial intelligence to diagnose diseases at an earlier stage, with the announcement by Business Secretary, Greg Clark, of five new centres of excellence – in Leeds, Oxford, Coventry, Glasgow, and London – for digital pathology and imaging, including radiology, using AI medical advances.

Specialist Equipment Package For Hallamshire Hospital

Medical Air Technology (MAT) recently completed the total refurbishment of four ultraclean operating theatres at Sheffield’s Royal Hallamshire Hospital, working with Kier and NG Bailey.

An end to PFI announced in 2018 Budget

Confirmation of the extra £20.5 bn more in ‘real terms’ annual funding for the NHS by 2023-2024 announced this June, – including at least £2 bn annually for mental health, and an end to the use of 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.

BBA and LABC’s rallying call for ‘100% Hackitt’

100% Hackitt – an industry initiative to encourage the government to deliver all of the recommendations contained within Dame Judith's report – was launched in Westminster on 22 October by Local Authority Building Control (LABC) and the British Board of Agrément (BBA). The two influential organisations say they have united to bring focus to industry calls for a full adoption of Dame Judith’s Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety; together they are launching a new website,, producing ‘pledge cards’ for supporters to sign up to the initiative, and pushing for an Early Day Motion debate in the House of Commons.

Free-to-attend asbestos in soil seminars in November

Develop Training (DTL), a leading training provider to the construction sector, is working with Ridgewood Environmental to stress the need to prepare workers against the threat posed by asbestos in the ground. Ridgewood Environmental and third-party provider, DTL, have recently been approved by UKATA to deliver a brand new Asbestos in Soils training course. To launch the training they are inviting employers to attend one of two free seminars on Thursday 8 November at DTL’s Derby centre in Ascot Drive.

Late November deadline to bid for LED lighting funding

NHS Trusts in England are being strongly encouraged by NHSI Improvement to apply for s share of £46 m in Public Dividend Funding to implement ‘energy-efficient’ LED lighting in their healthcare facilities, in the process not only improving the patient environment, but also potentially cutting their annual electricity usage by 5-20 per cent. Announcing the money’s availability during an ‘NHSI Surgery’ held on 10 October during last month’s Healthcare Estates 2018 event, Fiona Daly, NHSI’s National Sustainability and EFM Workforce lead / Operational Productivity, announced that against a backdrop where the organisation is ‘committed to working with provides to help realise savings’, implementing energy-saving LED lighting schemes in healthcare facilities had been shown to offer ‘proven return-on-investment’ and both maintenance and carbon savings.