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Third annual healthcare buildings forum offers unique chance to build key relationships  » 

Next month sees the return of the increasingly-popular healthcare buildings forum, a two-day event giving healthcare product and service suppliers the opportunity to meet key decision-makers involved in the design and build of health and social care facilities.

A ‘perfect landing’ for Northwick Park development

A ‘perfect landing’ for Northwick Park development  » 

In the construction of modern healthcare facilities, the handover process is absolutely vital. As well as ensuring the building is ready for operation, it helps to identify emerging problems and enable occupants to gain full control over complex systems.

A matter of design

A matter of design  » 

Durability, safety and ease of cleaning continue to drive the design of furniture products for mental health environments. Manufacturers are increasingly being asked to make furniture more robust at the same time as keeping designs non-institutional.

Show me the way

Show me the way  » 

Identity, clarity, terminology, information, flexibility and zoning are all vital for good wayfinding, particularly in complex healthcare environments. Having worked on projects for Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; HCA Group; East Kent University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; and Mediclinic International, Endpoint has now drawn up a best practice guide on what new ideas and technologies may drive improvements to the patient experience.

The future of construction is digital

The future of construction is digital  » 

BIM stands for Building Information Modelling, or Building Information Model, and describes the process of designing a building collaboratively using a system of computer-generated models, rather than separate sets of drawings.

Location, location, location

Location, location, location  » 

Easily-accessible sinks are vital to hand hygiene compliance within healthcare settings, new research has revealed. A recent study, published in the American Journal of Infection Control, has highlighted the need for improvements in handwashing facilities in order to help prevent outbreaks of C.difficile in hospital and care home environments.

Going through the roof

Going through the roof  » 

Ensuring noise is kept to a minimum, works do not disrupt the delivery of services, and keeping costs low are vital considerations when specifying roofing solutions within the healthcare market.

Timber takes over

Timber takes over  » 

Prefabricating methods utilising cross-laminated timber (CLT) technology are becoming an increasingly-popular addition to off-site construction. A quicker and greener alternative to traditional concrete or steel-framed builds, the market for CLT has increased threefold over the past 24 months.

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Construction Pipeline shows hope for healthcare sector

Construction Pipeline shows hope for healthcare sector  » 

New government figures show there are a total of 520 projects in the pipeline in the healthcare sector, worth £995.39m to industry during the current financial year.

Setting a benchmark for palliative care

Setting a benchmark for palliative care  » 

A new benchmark has been set for palliative care environments following comments from a relative of a woman who passed away at a Blackpool hospice.

Is off-site construction the answer to hospital crisis?

Is off-site construction the answer to hospital crisis?  » 

Reports over recent months of hospitals struggling to deal with an influx of patients over the busy winter period have led to calls for trusts to adopt more-innovative solutions to the lack of space.

Party Politics: The general election and future spending on healthcare infrastructure

Party Politics: The general election and future spending on healthcare infrastructure  » 

In the very long run up to the 2015 General Election, all three main parties strive to establish their NHS credentials, each proclaiming the value of this national treasure and confirming their support for it. But how do the spending plans of the parties differ and how will these plans translate into infrastructure spending?

Taking to the skies to enhance trauma services

Taking to the skies to enhance trauma services  » 

Every second counts when dealing with serious injuries, and the first hour after any incident is critical.

A picture of good health

A picture of good health  » 

Hospitals are big buildings – with endless corridors, various floors and wings, and thousands of rooms.

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