RECENT NEWS

Change of leadership and ‘re-shaping’ at Imtech

Imtech, jointly owned by EDF and Dalkia, has announced changes to its leadership and organisation as it ‘re-shapes’ to better meet the rapidly evolving market conditions across its business sectors and build on its diversified growth strategy.

Views sought on new Glan Clwyd inpatient unit

Plans for a new inpatient mental health unit in Denbighshire have gone on display to the public.

£10 m learning disability unit opens

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust has officially opened a new low secure Learning Disability Residential Unit at Tatchbury Mount in Calmore in Hampshire.

Manufacturers urged to digitise product data to reduce risk

A new initiative aims to get manufacturers in the construction industry to take ownership of their product information, with a series of articles being produced and manufacturers being encouraged to join a discussion group to share their views.

CIC launches Design Quality Indicator for Health 2

The Construction Industry Council (CIC) has launched an updated version of its design quality evaluation tool, the Design Quality Indicator for Health 2 (DQIfH2).

Mammoth-sized Safevents chosen for St Ann’s Hospital redevelopment

Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust have chosen the latest iteration of Britplas’ Safevent window for the new buildings at St Ann’s Hospital in Haringey as part of a significant redevelopment project at the site.

Mersey Care takes ownership of new Rowan View MSU on Merseyside

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust has taken ownership of the keys for Rowan View, its new ‘state-of-the art' medium secure unit on the Maghull Health Park on Merseyside.

First female winner of regional construction study award

Claire Ryan, an Estates officer at mental health / disability services provider, Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, has become the first female winner of a regional award which recognises her commitment to the study of construction.

A successful Digital Week with an international flavour

With the 2020 Design in Mental Health Conference, Exhibition and Dinner postponed to November due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Design in Mental Health Network held a Digital Week from 8-12 June, comprising webinars presented by key sector experts.

Poole eating disorders unit gets planning permission

A new Eating Disorders Unit in Poole providing specialist eating disorders care to the population of Dorset and the South West of England has gained planning consent.

‘Multi-technology’ IoT location tracking platform

RFiD Discovery, part of Paragon ID, a provider of identification solutions, has partnered with geolocation specialist, Apitrak, to develop a ‘multi-technology’ cloud-hosted IoT platform ‘for the tracking of assets, inventory, and people’.

Product testing guidance will fill a key ‘gap’

With the safety of service-users in mental health inpatient units critical, and often affected by the products selected for the built environment, coupled with what it perceives as a lack, to date, of clear guidance on product selection, ‘or the ability to assess multiple options to improve such spaces’, the Design in Mental Health Network (DiMHN) has ‘partnered’ with the Building Research Establishment (BRE) to launch a new guidance document, Informed Choices: Testing Guidance for Products in Mental Health Facilities.

Sliding windows give ‘stunning results’ at new £13. 5 m Maidstone facility

Leading secure window provider for medical establishments, Crittall-Fendor, says it worked closely with the architects throughout the design phase of Cygnet Healthcare’s Cygnet Hospital Maidstone, supplying both its CleanVent and AlphaLine sliding windows for the £13.5 m facility. The low-level secure and rehabilitation unit, comprising four wards for up to 65 male and female patients, was designed by designed by Tangram Architects, a London-based practice specialising in facilities for medical and police services.

Can Far Infrared heating combat fight COVID-19?

Technology company, IOBAC, is calling for help to explore the potential for Far Infrared (FIR) heating to help prevent and fight RNA viruses, including coronavirus (COVID-19), following its recent investigation into the availability of scientific studies on ‘the proven health benefits’ of FIR.

Testing guidance should enable informed buying choice

The Design in Mental Health Network (DiMHN) and the BRE say that, following the BRE Board’s detailed scrutiny of the two organisations’ jointly-produced draft guidance on performance testing of products used in mental healthcare settings, they aim to publish the final guidance document, Informed Choices. Testing Guidance for Products in Mental Health Facilities, by the end of this month (April 2020).

Mental health support during the coronavirus outbreak

In recognition of what it dubs ‘the unprecedented challenges which the COVID-19 outbreak and extended periods of self-isolation can pose’, Public Health England has published new online guidance setting out principles to follow to help people manage their mental health ‘during this difficult time’. Key suggestions include: Maintaining contact with friends and family via telephone and video calls, or social media; Keeping a regular routine and sleeping pattern; Focusing on a hobby or learning something new.

Planning permission granted for new Wallgate factory

Planning permission has been granted by Wiltshire Council for washroom and sanitaryware product specialist, Wallgate’s new factory premises, to be built on a greenfield site at High Post, near Salisbury. Building work is planned to start ‘ahead of this autumn’, and the new factory should be operational by late 2021.

Researching dementia design in Japan

Lesley Palmer, the Chief Architect at the Dementia Services Development Centre at the University of Stirling, has received a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship which she will use her Fellowship to research dementia design and urbanisation in Japan, and how it compares to the UK. During her research, she will investigate how the urban environment of Fukuoka – Japan's fastest growing city – supports healthy cognitive ageing. After identifying good practice examples and case studies, she will share her findings through the DSDC’s extensive network of partner organisations in the UK, Japan, and around the globe.

Contractor appointed to build new Highgate inpatient facility

Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust (C&I) has appointed BAM Construction to build its new £70 m mental health inpatient facility in Highgate. Construction of the new building, opposite the Trust’s existing Highgate Mental Health Centre, is due to begin later this year, following planning permission approval, and is expected to be completed in summer 2022.

Chancellor announces over £6 bn in new funding ‘to support the NHS’

Measures announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak (pictured), in the 2020 Budget on 12 March included over £6 billion in new funding to support the NHS, including to create 50 million more GP surgery appointments, to ensure that there are 50,000 more nurses, and to ‘fund wider commitments’ on hospital car parking and support for people with learning disabilities and autism The Chancellor said the NHS Settlement provided ‘the largest cash increase in public services since the Second World War – an additional £33.9 bn per year by 2024’, while the Budget also committed an investment of over £100 million in 2020-21 ‘to make progress on the 40 new hospital projects announced as part of the Health Infrastructure Plan’, and provided £683 m in additional funding to the Department of Health and Social Care ‘to protect the level of NHS operational capital investment’