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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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