Designing better mental healthcare facilities


MTX to complete biggest project to date this year

After what has been an incredibly difficult time for global businesses, Modern Methods of Construction healthcare building specialist, MTX Contracts, is celebrating a decade of year-on-year growth, with 2021 revenues in excess of £90 million.

First intake welcomed on ‘gold standard’ course

Derby-based Develop Training, which has had to alter many of its courses due to the pandemic, has welcomed the first intake of clients on its ‘gold standard’ construction course – with many employers receiving money back from the CITB Levy.

Robust and attractive flooring for Welsh Integrated Care Centre

Polyflor says a selection of its vinyl flooring products has helped to create safe and attractive internal environments within the ‘state-of-the-art’ Cardigan Integrated Care Centre.

Lighting upgrade to deliver 91 per cent energy savings

As part of the £4 million energy performance contract with United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT), Veolia has upgraded lighting at Lincoln County Hospital, Pilgrim Hospital in Boston, and Grantham and District Hospital (pictured).

Streamlining finding and booking of clinical and non-clinical space

NHS Property Services (NHSPS) and Kajima Community, have launched a new, ‘revamped’ website that they say will ‘streamline the finding and booking of clinical and non-clinical space across the NHS estate’.

Protect the user, fitting, and budget

In mental rehabilitation settings, a shower should assist in the delivery of care – providing safe, comfortable warm water for hygiene and wellbeing, while discouraging users from causing intentional harm, either to themselves or their environment.

IHP to deliver new £50 m Children and Young Person’s facility

Integrated Health Projects, the VINCI Construction UK and Sir Robert McAlpine joint venture, has been appointed to deliver a £50 m Children and Young Persons' (CYP) mental healthcare facility for the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.

Leeds Beckett students ‘educated’ on BMS systems

Honeywell is working with Leeds Beckett University to provide students at its School of Building Environment, Engineering, and Computing with what the company claims is ‘unparalleled access to industry knowledge and experience’.

Airedale Group looks forward to ‘next phase of growth’

Rubicon Partners, a ‘hands-on investment partnership’ focused on the acquisition and long-term strategic development of complex industrial businesses in Europe and North America, has made a ‘significant investment’ into the Airedale Group.

Self-disinfecting’ door handle on sale from July

Swiss ‘tech company’ Tweaq’s smart self-disinfecting door handle, which it says ‘can potentially eradicate millions of pathogens per building’, will be available from July this year.

‘Blended’ HV electrical course a claimed ‘industry first’

Develop Training is claiming an ‘industry first’ with the launch of a ‘blended’ training course for workers who handle high voltage electrical systems.

Woodland cabins in Norway offer 'physical and mental respite'

Located in verdant woodland just a stone’s throw from the entrance of Norway’s largest hospital, two sensitively designed wooden shelters are aspiring to make hospitalisation easier and more comfortable for patients and their families.

RICS unveils ‘world-first’ land measurement guidance

The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors has formally published ‘world-first’ guidance to define the exact measurement of land and associated metrics, which it says will now serve as best practice ‘for virtually all real estate professionals'.

Projects Office creates ‘third space’ at Edinburgh hospital

A ‘radically designed’ new Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) has opened in Edinburgh.

Easier wayfinding around a hospital or other healthcare facility

Creator of navigation solutions, BuzzStreets, and London’s Chelsea & Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust have announced the launch of what they claim is a ‘unique’ indoor wayfinder ‘app’ for hospitals and other healthcare facilities.

‘World-first’ product testing scheme launched

During the recent 2021 Mental Health Awareness Week, BRE and the Design in Mental Health Network launched what they believe is a ‘world-first’ testing scheme for construction products used in mental healthcare facilities.

A new branding for ‘disruptive’ outdoor estates services company

GRITIT Group has re-launched under a new brand as OUTCO – a name it says reflects its ‘evolution into the UK’s leading outdoor estate compliance expert’, with a ‘new and unique’ service offering.

Dulux Trade launches design support for dementia care living spaces

In tandem with this year’s Dementia Action Week, which runs from 17-23 May, Dulux Trade has launched the Dulux Trade Occupant Centred Colour and Design (OCCD) hub.

Hospitals, schools, and workplaces, need an ‘annual building MoT’

Hospitals, schools, and workplaces should be subject to an annual ‘building MoT’ or health check to ensure they are properly ventilated and maintained to protect users from airborne viruses such as COVID-19.

Dementia Design Tool launched ‘to promote independent living’

Gradus has launched an interactive 'Dementia Design Tool' to enable designers and specifiers to create inclusive designs for their buildings, so people with dementia can use them independently and comfortably.

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