Designing better mental healthcare facilities


Indoor air specialist’s 100 per cent stake in damper manufacturer

Indoor air company, Halton Marine Oy, has become the 100% shareholder in the UK-based damper and fire damper designer and manufacturer, Flamgard Calidair.

Darren Swindlehurst – a tribute

“It is with much sorrow and deepest regret that (DiMHN member) Atus Systems must pass on the incredibly sad news of the death of our friend and MD, Darren Swindlehurst, who unexpectedly passed away at home on 2 January,” says the company’s Operations manager, Alex Tomlinson.

Building maintenance specs standard named on G-Cloud framework

SFG20, the ‘industry-definitive standard for building maintenance specifications’, has been named as a supplier on Crown Commercial Service’s G-Cloud 13 online framework, which helps public sector buyers procure software and services from a list of pre-approved suppliers.

Artificial street’ will boost ‘real-life’ training in York

Accredited provider of compliance, technical, and safety training, Develop Training, is constructing a fully to-scale ‘artificial street’ in York to provide immersive, real-life training experiences within its replica buildings.

Growth plans fuel major factory expansion for Merit

Northumberland-headquartered offsite engineering and construction specialist in ‘technically complex, zero-carbon emissions buildings’, Merit, has announced a 4000m² factory expansion at its Cramlington site in Northumberland, to accommodate its plans for continued growth.

Samsung C&T and Forta PRO join forces

Leading Latvian industrial manufacturer, Forta PRO, and South Korea’s Samsung C&T have joined forces to become ‘a leading global modular construction company’, marking ambitious development plans both in Latvia and overseas.

Engineering Council’s new Chair to take office next June

The Engineering Council has announced the appointment of Professor John Chudley CEng, FIMarEST (pictured) as Chair of its Board of Trustees.

Not-for-profit company to provide training on hospital design and development

A new not-for-profit community interest company (CIC) established by ‘a group of leading experts’ across healthcare, academia, and the built environment, says it will seek ‘to empower healthcare leaders with the skills, knowledge, and tools, to maximise the value and impact of their participation in capital development projects.’

Research at the Royal will explore new infection-tackling ‘tech’

A study has been launched at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital to explore how a new antimicrobial coating can protect the NHS by reducing healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).

Ethical and sustainable construction expert joins NHSPS

NHS Property Services (NHSPS) has announced the appointment of leading ethical and sustainable construction expert Dr Shamir Ghumra (pictured) to its Executive Board as director of Responsible Business.

Government strategy highlights value of FM, says BESA

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has welcomed the government’s first comprehensive strategy for facilities management (FM).

FWP delivers inspiring CAMHS facility in Stockport

An ‘inspiring new home’ for child and adolescent mental health services in Stockport delivered by architects, FWP, has opened its doors to young people and families at a special ceremony.

Archus strengthens leadership team as part of ambitious growth plans

Healthcare infrastructure specialist, Archus, has strengthened its leadership team with the appointment of Shane Dineen (pictured) as managing director, and Victoria Head as Commercial and Performance director.

Assa Abloy Opening Solutions launches ‘revolutionary’ BIM mobile app

Assa Abloy Opening Solutions UK & Ireland has launched its new Openings Studio Mobile App, which it says ‘allows users to manage buildings as a holistic system’.

NHS waiting lists won’t fall unless we fix ventilation’, campaigners say

The first ever World Ventilation Day ( earlier this week (on 8 November) highlighted what the proponents say is ‘the growing public health crisis linked to poorly ventilated buildings’.

Training to support those caring for people with a learning disability and autism

Following a long campaign, The Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training on Learning Disability and Autism has been launched to assist health and care staff caring for, and supporting, people with a learning disability and autistic people.

Imtech signs agreement to acquire SPIE UK

Imtech, a UK technical services engineering group jointly owned by EDF and Dalkia, has announced the acquisition of technical engineering services provider, SPIE UK, subject to the fulfilment of customary conditions and regulatory approvals.

Scientists and engineers join forces to champion building ventilation

An international awareness campaign to promote ‘the critical role of better building ventilation’ in supporting health, wellbeing, and productivity, has been launched by a coalition of scientists, academics, engineering bodies, and environmental activists.

Key issues identified for those disproportionately affected by health inequalities

The findings of new research commissioned by NHS Property Services (NHSPS), and published today, 25 October, reveal what matters most to 10 different communities ‘disproportionately affected by health inequalities’ when they access and use repurposed NHS community spaces.

Next steps for Apollo Protocol to be revealed at live launch

The team behind The Apollo Protocol white paper, which calls for a common language across digital twins, are to reveal details of how they will begin to set up The Apollo Forum at a live streamed launch event on 25 October.

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