Electrical infrastructure upgrade at Woolwich’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital

The construction company says the ‘circa £30 m capital cost’ investment will bring improved estate resilience by delivering new primary high-voltage and low-voltage electricity distribution, back-up generators, a refurbished energy centre, a new vacuum insulated evaporator compound, and associated structural and building works. Ventilation improvements include replacement of the air-handling units serving the operating theatres, … Read more

Gerflor flooring and Gradus wall protection for Whitby hospital redevelopment

The company explains that its flooring and interior finishing solutions are treated with patented surface treatments that ‘provide an unrivalled level of chemical and stain resistance’. Gerflor said: “The world-class vinyl and linoleum collections are perfectly suited to  hard-working healthcare spaces, including those subject to intensive 24-hour movement of beds, trolleys, wheelchairs, and heavy medical … Read more

How to free up space for over 10,000 extra beds

The company said: “The government has made clear that it is doing everything possible to increase the number of beds available for patients. However, while many hospitals have made space and moved records off site, many still have huge medical libraries holding physical patient records, often in rooms right in the medical heart of the … Read more

New Powerstar CEO to ‘drive forward innovation in energy resilience solutions’

Previously the company’s Chief Technical Officer, leading the engineering, manufacturing, and software teams across all of its main product lines – Voltage Optimisation, Battery Energy Storage, and Transformers –  in the role he ‘spearheaded the innovation-driven and customer-focused areas of Powerstar’s strategy’. Since starting as a consultancy in 2001, Powerstar has grown to become a … Read more

Mayor of the West Midlands visits Assa Abloy facilities

The Portobello site has been operating out of the West Midlands for many years, employing over 600 people, making up a large proportion of Assa Abloy UKI’s UK workforce. The manufacturing site has seen significant investment over the past decade, and during his visit Andy Street was given a behind-the-scenes tour which focused on its … Read more

NHS publishes its first Net Zero Building Standard

This technical guidance will support the development of sustainable, resilient, and energy efficient buildings that meet the needs of patients now and in the future.  Developed together with healthcare, industry, and sustainability partners, the Standard will support the NHS to get ready for and align with UK Government building requirements, as well as meet its … Read more

VCS invests with ‘UK’s largest dedicated ambulance and police vehicle factory’

The company said: “The new factory will ensure the UK’s supply of world-class emergency vehicles by creating its largest dedicated manufacturing facility and trebling VCS’s current production capacity to nearly 1500 vehicles annually. The new facility will secure UK supply of high-quality, low-emissions advanced emergency vehicles, with the investment helping to future-proof UK ambulance fleets, … Read more

Plans for GOSH’s new entrance building approved

Last year 1,200 children visited GOSH to have specialist treatment for cancer, with instances of cancer continuing to increase, and childhood cancer remaining the leading cause of death in children aged 1-14 years old.  Camden Council has recently voted in favour of the designs for the new entrance building, designed by BDP for the Great … Read more

Heating industry’s lack of diversity ‘an absolute scandal’

Just 2% of the sector’s workforce are female, and only 5% are from an ethnic minority background, according to new research from Energy Systems Catapult, which is working with the Association to address skills shortages across the building services sector. BESA says the failure to develop a more diverse workforce is ‘undermining attempts to accelerate … Read more

BAM appointed PSCP for Cornish Women and Children’s Hospital

The proposed new building has been designed to bring together the hospital’s maternity, neonatal and paediatric care, obstetrics, and gynaecology services within one facility. It would also become the location for the hospital’s new main entrance, transforming the layout of the current site in Truro. The programme, which has expanded in scope since its inception, … Read more

IHP awarded Great Western Hospital contract in Swindon

The Trust has secured £26m of Government funding to progress the scheme, which will provide a new ‘same day’ Emergency Care and Joint Initial Assessment Unit. IHP says this will ‘deliver a significant uplift, for the first time formally integrating medical and surgical care’.  With the rising demand for urgent and emergency care services, and … Read more

Tilbury Douglas leads construction of new Arrowe Park facility

The new facility is designed to create an efficient patient flow, with those attending either the Emergency Department or the Urgent Treatment Centre entering through a single point, ‘to ensure patients get the right care, in the right place, at the right time’. Janelle Holmes, Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust’s CEO, said: “The … Read more