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BESA appoints first head of Business Development

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has appointed Simon Lunt (pictured) as its first head of Business Development as part of a wider strategic review.

Former boxer’s heavyweight efforts to help the mentally unwell

‘Pioneering efforts’ by the former World Boxing Council heavyweight champion, Frank Bruno, who is helping people with mental ill health back into work, have been welcomed by Health Minister, Maria Caulfield, during a visit to the Frank Bruno Foundation in Northampton.

CPD promotes fire safety of multifunctional roofs

Stone wool insulation manufacturer, Rockwool, has launched a new CPD (Continuing Professional Development) module to help roofing contractors and specifiers assess and mitigate potential fire safety risks for flat roofs used as additional functional space of a building.

Fusion21 names suppliers appointed to £346 m Building Improvements Framework

‘Procurement expert’, Fusion21, has announced the suppliers successfully appointed to its national Building Improvements Framework, worth up to £346 million over a four-year period.

Morpeth ‘flagship’ facility’s choice of secure settings ‘promotes a meaningful day for patients’

Developed around the concept of a ‘village campus’, a new medium secure hospital at the heart of the £60 m redevelopment of Northgate Park Hospital in Morpeth, Northumberland, provides a range of indoor and outdoor settings for relaxation and activity, ‘relieving boredom, and addressing the risk of challenging behaviours and poor physical health’.

Altro a recommended supplier on ProCure23 framework

Altro has been appointed as a recommended supplier on ProCure23 (P23), the fourth generation of the ProCure framework for the design and construction of NHS capital projects.

More ‘joined-up’ technology would aid EFM efficiency, roundtable hears

NHS Estates teams are increasingly turning to digital solutions to help them run and manage their buildings and facilities efficiently, but often systems are not ‘joined up’, delegates at a roundtable held by business enterprise Wi-Fi solution specialist, SPARK TSL, to discuss digital enablement within healthcare estates heard.

Main Board changes at Willmott Dixon

Willmott Dixon is making some changes to its main board from the start of this year following the retirement of Colin Enticknap as the company’s Executive Chairman at the end of 2023.

Funding available for low-carbon heat network projects

Global heating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration specialist, Carrier, is urging building owners and operators to apply for UK government grants to commercialise and construct new low- and zero-carbon heat networks before the funding application deadline expires.

Biobloc ceiling tiles offer infection control and excellent acoustics

Zentia, a UK supplier of ‘complete ceiling solutions’, says its new Biobloc family, formerly known as Bioguard, offers high-quality performance in areas such as infection control and acoustics, ‘making it the ideal solution for healthcare and various commercial settings’.

'Flexible access control solution' launched

Abloy UK has launched CLIQ Local Manager (CLM) Remote, enabling users to update key authorisations and make changes to schedules via wall programming devices, offering a flexible access control solution.

BESA backs ‘new and improved’ degree apprenticeships

Substantially revised degree apprenticeships for building services engineering will help employers plug critical skills gaps and launch more young people into rewarding careers, according to the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA).

Hospital hoardings at Seacroft Hospital bring Motor Neurone Disease stories to life

New hoardings at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust’s Seacroft Hospital in Leeds bring to life the location of the planned Rob Burrow Centre for Motor Neurone Disease, (MND) as the development to build the new centre progresses.

Siemens’ Building X expands fire safety offering

Siemens Smart Infrastructure is expanding its fire safety offering on Building X through newly launched applications and an application programming interface (API), ‘to increase transparency, decrease response time in case of incidents, and enhance maintenance processes for service-providers’.

Training on ‘intricacies of hospital lifts’

Among what IHEEM Knowledge Partner, PPL Training, describes as a ‘raft of new courses’ introduced by it during 2023 were several new HV electrical courses and – ‘specifically for healthcare estates and facilities teams’ – Authorised Person Lifts HTM 08-02 courses (including refresher training and Trapped Passenger Lift Release).

CABE and Building a Safer Future in ‘strategic partnership’

The Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE) and Building a Safer Future (BSF) have entered a new strategic partnership that they say focuses on supporting organisations in assessing their competency in relation to building safety – especially as regards higher-risk buildings (HRBs) as defined in the Building Safety Act.

Ensuring safe evacuation in emergencies

Security, entrance, and access solutions provider, dormakaba, has launched an escape route system designed to keep buildings and doors secure while allowing a safe means for evacuation in an emergency situation.

Partnership will broaden access to disability support technology

A new collaboration between leading UK patient hygiene specialist, TR Equipment, and disability technology experts, Innova Care Concepts, will widen access to an extensive range of products to support assisted bathing, showering, and rehabilitation needs across the UK, the two companies say.

Wernick Group launches its first Christmas advert

Wernick Group has just released a bespoke Christmas advertisement, ‘tailored to promoting the company’s proud history’ that stretches back to 1934, with a strong seasonal feel.

Help in interpreting and applying HTM 03-01 guidance

Critical cooling specialist, Airedale by Modine, has launched an HTM 03-01 ‘white paper’ to assist consultants, estate managers, and buying groups, within the healthcare sector interpret and apply HTM 03-01 guidelines.

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