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NHP launches seeking Programme Delivery Partner procurement

The New Hospital Programme (NHP) has announced that the launch of the Programme Delivery Partner (PDP) procurement commenced on 29 November.

Capital funding must double for more productive and faster care, NHS Confederation report says

The NHS will not be able to deliver faster and more productive patient care unless capital budgets are nearly doubled to at least £14.1 billion, says a new analysis published in an NHS Confederation report, 'Investing to save. The capital requirement for a more sustainable NHS in England'.

IWFM anniversary research sets out ‘mega’ opportunity for ‘lynchpin’ sector

The Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management (IWFM) has marked the 30th anniversary of its founding with the release of new research, ’30 years back, 3 trends for the future’, which says three ‘megatrends’ will affect workplaces ‘for years to come’.

New website provides resources on passive fire protection

The Passive Fire Knowledge Group (PFKG) says the recent launch of its new ‘knowledge hub’ website – – coincides with the release and publication of the first four ‘knowledge shares’.

Modular heat pumps for seaside Devon hospital

The Devon Partnership NHS Trust says it is cutting its energy consumption and carbon footprint via the upgrading the heating and cooling system at Langdon Hospital in Dawlish following the installation there of Mitsubishi Electric e-Series heat pump units.

Guidance on ‘technical challenges’ of designing risers issued

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has produced new guidance to address the technical challenges faced by engineers designing building services risers.

Tool ‘provides accurate picture’ of CHP performance

Technology company, ENTRNCE, describes its new ‘Carbon Matcher’ as ‘a unique data platform’ that calculates the half-hourly carbon footprint of onsite combined heat and power (CHP) versus conventional methods of heat and grid electricity.

Enhanced safety measures for workers on mobile elevating work platforms

Willmott Dixon is rolling out a new harness-based technology on its construction projects that it says will provide an even safer working environment for everyone using a boom-type mobile elevating work platform (MEWP).

Senior appointments at Community Health Partnerships

Community Health Partnerships has appointed two new Non-Executive Directors to its Board – Pete Cornforth and Eric Guillaume – for a three-year term.

North View to be England’s first ‘all-electric’ mental health unit

North View, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (GMMH)’s new mental health unit currently under construction in North Manchester, will be England’s first all-electric mental health unit when it opens in 2024, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust says.

Buildings need to be made to work better ‘for social and economic reasons’

Buildings should be made to work better for social and economic reasons; not just to meet safety and climate change goals, according to the President of the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA).

Six-storey eating disorders clinic open in Harley Street

Orri, a specialist clinic in London’s Harley Street Medical Area, has opened a new day treatment facility on Wimpole Street for patients seeking support for eating disorders.

OCS announces first ‘bolt-on’ acquisition under the ownership of CD&R

In what it describes as ‘a strategic acquisition and a significant milestone’ for the business, OCS, the global facilities service provider, has acquired Accuro, ‘a UK provider of business-critical facilities management services to the education and healthcare sectors’.

Green Plans: progress and pitfalls examined

As the time comes for many NHS Trusts to update their Green Plans, in line with the NHS’s concerted drive towards a Net Zero carbon service, how many are on track to deliver their stated objectives?

Planners’ go-ahead for Dorset County Hospital development

Plans to develop the Dorset County Hospital (DCH) site in Dorchester – including building a brand-new Emergency Department and Critical Care Unit – have been approved by Dorset Council.

Archus’s continuing role in NHS estates guidance

Healthcare infrastructure specialist, Archus, has been re-appointed as the lead supplier to NHS England for the delivery of the next phase of the NHS Estates Technical Standards and Guidance Programme.

Bagpiper leads guests at Derbyshire topping-out

Integrated Health Projects (IHP), the joint venture between VINCI Building and Sir Robert McAlpine, celebrated the topping-out of the Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s new mental health facilities in Chesterfield and Derby early in October.

Research prompts launch of re-designed en-suite door

Yewdale says its latest anti-ligature en-suite door, SafeDoor Connect, is designed to offer the high quality that its original SafeDoor provides, but with repositioned magnets fixed to the door rather than being hidden in the door’s hinge – ‘to ensure zero risk of service-users accessing the magnets’.

Modular build specialist expands in Ireland as it targets healthcare sector growth

The expansion of global modular building specialist, Volumetric Building Companies, continues with the opening of its first operation in Ireland, which it says will be an international centre of excellence for MMC to serve Irish, UK, European, and global markets.

Lexica’s Property Consultancy team strengthens North West presence

Lexica, a specialist consultancy supporting health and life sciences organisations in the UK and internationally, has appointed Yogesh Luhar as Associate Director to its Property Consultancy team.

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