Mackinnon appointed Design lead at P+HS

P+HS Architects has appointed Senior architect, Martha Mackinnon, as the practice’s Design lead.

Webinar to focus on healthcare sector fire safety compliance

A free-to-attend webinar being held by Honeywell in association with Health Estate Journal on 17 July will aim to make sure that healthcare estates personnel are clear on their responsibilities in ensuring fire compliance across their estate.

Acute ‘virtual ward’ enables patients to receive care safely at home

North West Anglia Foundation Trust has partnered with Inhealthcare to launch a new acute virtual ward for patients to receive care safely at home.

Wireless access control highlighted in RIBA-approved CPD training programme

Security and access control solutions provider, Abloy UK, has launched a new RIBA- approved CPD training programme focused on wireless access control.

UK engineering profession launches policy priorities

The Engineering Council has contributed to a new set of policy priorities unveiled by the National Engineering Policy Centre (NEPC), led by the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng).

New Wembley Park GP ‘super surgery’ is North West London’s largest

Quintain, the award-winning developer behind Wembley Park, has announced that a new GP ‘super surgery’ just opened at the heart of Wembley Park is largest NHS GP surgery in North West London, serving up to 25,000 patients – a capacity increase of over 30% on previous provision.

Gardens giving men the tools to grow their mental and physical strength

Thrive – a national charity that promotes gardening for health and wellbeing, and runs Social and Therapeutic Horticulture (STH) programmes ‘for hundreds of people’ at its three gardens in Birmingham, London, and near Reading, says it latest campaign, ‘Plants not pressure’ advocates gardens and green space as ‘a place for men to grow their mental and physical strength’.

BDP appoints new head of its Bristol studio

Architecture director, Akshay Khera, has been appointed as head of the Bristol studio of global design practice, BDP.

The practice says his appointment supports its continued growth in the region as ‘a widely respected, socially progressive practice with an embedded multidisciplinary approach across the healthcare, housing, education, and workplace sectors’.

Aggreko ‘upscales’ battery investment to US$200 m ‘to support the energy transition’

Aggreko has increased its global investment in mobile battery energy storage solutions (BESS) to around US$200 m, in a move it says will allow more industries to access the latest in battery technology and reach Net Zero targets.

First building inspector competency certification scheme gains UKAS accreditation

The United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) has granted the UK’s first accreditation of a building inspector competency scheme to the Building Safety Competency Foundation (BSCF), for its Building Control Inspector (BCI) competence certification scheme.

‘First-of-its-kind’ UK ‘legal-tech recruitment’ platform launched

A ‘unique’ new legal-tech recruitment platform has launched in the UK ‘to help put an end to overseas worker scams in the social and healthcare sectors, and directly connect UK employers and recruiters with pre-qualified overseas global talent’.

University of Sunderland announces ‘partnership’ with Mexican counterpart

The University of Sunderland and the University of Anahuac Mexico have committed to develop what they describe as ‘an exciting collaborative partnership’ – between the Faculty of Psychology at Anahuac and the School of Psychology and Helen McArdle Nursing and Care Research Institute at Sunderland.

Compliance Group announces ‘third deal of the year’

Compliance Group, a leading UK integrated provider of safety and regulatory compliance services across electrical, fire, and water, has announced its latest merger – with CT Fire Protection, which joins its Fire Division to deliver high-quality fire sprinkler systems and associated services ‘on time and within budget’.

Spire Healthcare invests £5.2 m in solar technology in ‘landmark project’

Spire Healthcare – reportedly the UK’s first independent sector healthcare provider to commit to become carbon neutral by 2030 – has embarked on ‘a landmark project’ to install 12,155 solar panels at all its 38 hospitals across England, Wales, and Scotland this year.

NHSPS re-launches space management system

NHS Property Services has re-launched its established, award-winning space management system, NHS Open Space, which it says ‘will help benefit customers, landlords, and patients across the entire health system’.

Work begins on eight-bedded Bournemouth CAMHS PICU

Construction has begun of a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) for Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust at its Alumhurst Road site in Bournemouth.

Prison staff look after mental health by keeping fit

A prison in Buckinghamshire has supported its staff as part National Mental Health Awareness Week where the theme has been ‘Movement: Moving more for our mental health’.

Duke of Cornwall breaks ground for Isle of Scilly community hospital

The first ground has been broken for a new integrated health and social care facility on the Isles of Scilly, by the Duke of Cornwall.

His Royal Highness was given a tour of St Mary’s Community Hospital on 10 May, before being handed a spade to carry out the ceremony, with the ground breaking following the new integrated facility securing both planning and national funding approval. After breaking ground, Prince William dubbed the development ‘exciting’, and said he looked forward to coming to see it next year.

Delivering safe hot water – to your door

This summer Horne Engineering, the specialist manufacturer of thermostatic showers, taps, and valves, is encouraging specifiers across the healthcare estate to take advantage of the better weather to ‘explore innovative thermostatic and temperature control solutions’ for their facilities via its mobile exhibition, or Roadshow.

Former Technical director becomes CEO at CABE

CABE (the Chartered Association of Building Engineers) has announced that Richard Harral, formerly the Association’s Technical director, has been formally announced as its new Chief Executive.

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