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£70,000 investment to provide ‘complete recycling solution for all business waste’

Leicestershire-based B-Sure Installations has invested over £70,000 to launch a new waste management company, B-Sure Recycling, to help customers reach waste management targets via ‘a complete collection and recycling service of all types of business waste’.

Chief Medical Officer calls for regular air quality monitoring in public buildings

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has welcomed another intervention by England’s Chief Medical Officer in the controversy surrounding poor air quality in buildings.

Mayor of the West Midlands visits Assa Abloy facilities

Assa Abloy Opening Solutions UKI has hosted Mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street, for a behind-the-scenes tour of its manufacturing facilities.

New much-anticipated NHS Net Zero Building Standard published

The new NHS Net Zero Building Standard, published on 22 February 2023, provides technical guidance ‘to support the development of sustainable, resilient, and energy-efficient buildings that meet the needs of patients now and in the future’, says NHS England.

Heating industry’s lack of diversity ‘an absolute scandal’

A collective failure to address diversity means the heating and hot water industry is missing out on crucial skills and putting its whole future at risk, the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) maintains.

Graham named construction partner on new £53m Liverpool inpatient facility

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust has appointed contractor, Graham, to build a new mental health facility on land owned by the Trust in Mossley Hill, Liverpool.

David Bailey’s new MD to implement five-year lean manufacturing plan

Tony Huggins (pictured) has been appointed as managing director of David Bailey Furniture, which claims to be ‘the country’s fastest-growing manufacturer of specialist furniture products for the healthcare sector, schools, medical, and veterinary centres’.

Robotic dog’s surveillance capabilities on show at FM event

Visitors to The Innovation Lab 2023 event being hosted at Manchester Central on 23 February by Carlisle Support Services will be able to see, ‘on patrol’, Spot – a four-legged ‘dog-like robot’, with live demonstrations explaining ‘how robot dogs can assist with surveillance and security operations, while improving safety and efficiencies’.

University researchers cautious on remote healthcare’s benefits

New research from the University of Hertfordshire has shown that while delivering health services remotely ‘can be hugely beneficial to users’, there may be little to no financial saving – with some costing more than when conducted in-person.

‘Tailored support at home’ for elderly and vulnerable people

‘Tens of thousands’ of elderly and vulnerable people will receive ‘tailored support at home’ as part of a new NHS plan to improve waiting times for emergency care, the Department of Health and Social Care has announced.

Indoor air specialist’s 100 per cent stake in damper manufacturer

Indoor air company, Halton Marine Oy, has become the 100% shareholder in the UK-based damper and fire damper designer and manufacturer, Flamgard Calidair.

Darren Swindlehurst – a tribute

“It is with much sorrow and deepest regret that (DiMHN member) Atus Systems must pass on the incredibly sad news of the death of our friend and MD, Darren Swindlehurst, who unexpectedly passed away at home on 2 January,” says the company’s Operations manager, Alex Tomlinson.

Building maintenance specs standard named on G-Cloud framework

SFG20, the ‘industry-definitive standard for building maintenance specifications’, has been named as a supplier on Crown Commercial Service’s G-Cloud 13 online framework, which helps public sector buyers procure software and services from a list of pre-approved suppliers.

Artificial street’ will boost ‘real-life’ training in York

Accredited provider of compliance, technical, and safety training, Develop Training, is constructing a fully to-scale ‘artificial street’ in York to provide immersive, real-life training experiences within its replica buildings.

Growth plans fuel major factory expansion for Merit

Northumberland-headquartered offsite engineering and construction specialist in ‘technically complex, zero-carbon emissions buildings’, Merit, has announced a 4000m² factory expansion at its Cramlington site in Northumberland, to accommodate its plans for continued growth.

Samsung C&T and Forta PRO join forces

Leading Latvian industrial manufacturer, Forta PRO, and South Korea’s Samsung C&T have joined forces to become ‘a leading global modular construction company’, marking ambitious development plans both in Latvia and overseas.

Engineering Council’s new Chair to take office next June

The Engineering Council has announced the appointment of Professor John Chudley CEng, FIMarEST (pictured) as Chair of its Board of Trustees.

Not-for-profit company to provide training on hospital design and development

A new not-for-profit community interest company (CIC) established by ‘a group of leading experts’ across healthcare, academia, and the built environment, says it will seek ‘to empower healthcare leaders with the skills, knowledge, and tools, to maximise the value and impact of their participation in capital development projects.’

Research at the Royal will explore new infection-tackling ‘tech’

A study has been launched at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital to explore how a new antimicrobial coating can protect the NHS by reducing healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).

Ethical and sustainable construction expert joins NHSPS

NHS Property Services (NHSPS) has announced the appointment of leading ethical and sustainable construction expert Dr Shamir Ghumra (pictured) to its Executive Board as director of Responsible Business.

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