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Latest ERIC returns show rises in estate running and backlog costs

In 2020/2021 the total cost of running the NHS estate in England was £10.2 billion – a 4.8 per cent increase on 2019/20, with total energy usage from all sources across this estate 11.4 billion kWh, 1.6 per higher than in the previous year.

Survey to examine ‘masculinity in engineering’ issues

Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 50, and male construction workers are almost four times more likely to take their own life than the average of those working in any other industry or profession.

£1.7 bn funding bid to improve healthcare in and around Bradford

Europe’s ‘first carbon-neutral’ hospital, a mental health facility replacing a Victorian era building, and a single hospital site bringing two hospitals together – all in Bradford – form part of an ambitious funding bid submitted to the Government.

Three new staff for Mott MacDonald’s Healthcare team

Mott MacDonald has made three new appointments to its UK Healthcare team – Steven Bentley as Healthcare technical lead, Alison Ryan as deputy Healthcare technical lead, and Andy Witchell as Strategy and Development lead for Health.

Masterkey system’s benefits shown at Bath facility

The Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust is the latest healthcare organisation to benefit from Triton2, a patented, high-security masterkey system from Assa Abloy.

Specialist ‘tech company’ appoints new CEO with eye on business growth

Sewell Estates has announced Claire Harrison as the new CEO of Parallel Data Intelligence.

Fusion21 announces £750 m Decarbonisation Framework

Procurement organisation and social enterprise, Fusion21, has announced the launch of its national Decarbonisation Framework, worth up to £750 million over a four-year period, and is now inviting bids from interested SMEs and contractors.

Indoor ‘Sky Garden’ opens at Chelsea and Westminster

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and its charity, CW+, have unveiled a new indoor botanical Sky Garden at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, designed by award-winning landscape designer and CW+ Artist in Residence, Jinny Blom.

Emotive suicide prevention video aimed at construction workers

With almost 500 construction workers taking their own lives every year in the UK and Ireland, a wordless, emotive video has been released as a free resource to highlight the issue, ahead of Friday 10 September, which is World Suicide Prevention Day.

Autumn 2022 study tour in Texas and California

As part of its International Workstream programme, the Design in Mental Health Network is organising a delegation of professionals specialising in mental health and dementia care design to travel to California and Texas on a study tour in late 2022.

Refreshed’ vinyl flooring’s ‘beautifully balanced designs’

Forbo Flooring Systems has launched the ‘second generation’ of its premium homogeneous vinyl sheet collection, Sphera Energetic.

Comprehensive security system at Rowan View

Mersey Care Foundation Trust’s new medium secure unit, Rowan View, required a security system that would ensure the convenience and safety of all guests, visitors, and staff.

‘Borders and boundaries’ and their significance explained

A new Design in Mental Health Network guide to designing ‘with borders and boundaries in mind’ was unveiled on the first day of August’s DiMH 2021 conference and exhibition at the Coventry Building Society Arena.

Manchester multi-level inpatient unit part of wider Trust plans

Construction of one of the first multi-level inpatient mental health units in the north of England – the new 150-bedded Park House development at the North Manchester General Hospital site – is expected to start next January.

PPE decontamination solutions’ award shortlisting

Two solutions for decontaminating single-use and reusable personal protective equipment (PPE) used by healthcare staff during the COVID-19 pandemic have been shortlisted for the National Technology Awards.

UK’s ‘greenest health centre’ opens to patients in Coventry

A building described as ‘the UK’s greenest health centre built to meet Passivhaus certification’ – Foleshill Heath Centre in Coventry – has opened its doors to patients.

CPD focuses on ensuring access for all

GEZE UK’s RIBA-approved CPD, ‘Removing Barriers to Access’, has been ‘completely revised and updated’, and includes new visuals and updates to regulation, all in GEZE’s new branding.

Static Systems Group appoints new MD

Static Systems Group, the Midlands-headquartered manufacturer of of nurse call, fire alarm and prison alarm, staff attack alarm, and medical trunking systems, has announced the appointment of Rosie Cunningham Thomas as its new managing director.

Climate change ‘widespread, rapid, and intensifying’, says IPCC report

Scientists are observing changes in the Earth’s climate in every region and across the whole climate system, according to the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report.

New dementia e-Suite range heads Wallgate line-up in Coventry

At this year’s Design in Mental Health (DiMH) conference and exhibition, taking place from 24-25 August 2021 at the Coventry Building Society Arena, Wallgate will showcase its new dementia e-Suite range.

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