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orkon has handed over a new purpose-built satellite haemodialysis unit for Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust. In independent tests for air permeability, the building exceeds Building Regulations Part L 2010 by 90 per cent without any adaptation to the standard Yorkon building system.

The unit, which has just opened, forms part of a £12m investment by the Trust to deliver more services out in the community in line with Government priorities for the rapidly expanding population requiring dialysis. The centre at Estover provides services for patients, many of whom require regular attendance for dialysis, in a user friendly community setting rather than a more typical large hospital environment. The previous dialysis facility in the hospital will now be reconfigured for use by the ophthalmology department. The 954sqm single-storey building was constructed to a challenging programme and comprises 27 steel-framed modules which were craned into position in just four days. Commenting on the project, Syd Jamieson, Project Manager at Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust said, “This new unit provides a much improved facility out in the local community. The Yorkon approach gave us the speed of construction we needed to meet our priorities for facility improvement. It was delivered on time and on budget, and we are very happy with the finished building. It has freed up space within the hospital for use by another department and has created a welcoming, high quality

environment for our dialysis patients. We would definitely recommend the Yorkon approach and consider using it again.”

Designed by Yorkon, the centre features cedar wood cladding to the main entrance elevation, a blue fascia with co-ordinating blue doors and windows, and white render to the other façades. Facilities include an open plan area with 29 dialysis stations and four private cubicles, dirty and clean utilities, reception area, seminar room, kitchen, staff room/showers, IT room, consultation rooms and administrative offices. Yorkon has a strong track record in the healthcare sector, which includes

more than 50 projects for around 50 NHS trusts and private sector health providers. The Plymouth scheme follows the successful completion of a renal unit at Arbroath Infirmary for NHS Tayside in Scotland where Yorkon reduced time on site to just eight weeks and completed the project two weeks ahead of schedule. This significantly reduced disruption for the Trust and brought the facility into rapid service to the benefit of patient care. Yorkon is part of the Portakabin Group.

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LONDON 2012 SETS THE STANDARD FOR SUSTAINABILITY Kevin McCloud and five other London 2012 Sustainability Ambassadors paid a special visit to the Olympic Park to see the grand designs for London 2012.

McCloud was joined by campaigner and author, Eugenie Harvey; author and environmentalist, Saci Lloyd; entrepreneur and

businesswoman, Deborah Meaden; environmentalist and writer, Jonathon Porritt; and co-founder of the Eden Project, Tim Smitt. The role of the

Ambassadors is to help to bring to people’s attention the importance of sustainability at the Games. During the day on the Olympic Park, they visited the new Parklands running through the heart of the Olympic Park and the


lightest Olympic stadium ever built, meeting members of the team working on the project. Jonathan Porritt, who chairs the Sustainability Ambassador’s Group said: “The Games provide an important opportunity to feel proud of what we’ve achieved. London and the UK will be on show to billions of people during the Games and this is a precious once in a lifetime opportunity to visibly display our leadership in sustainability issues.” The London 2012

Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) is the first Games Organising

Committee to be certified to the British Standard 8901: Specification for a

Sustainability Management Systems for Events. This follows a series of assessments carried out this


summer by independent certification body SGS United Kingdom who audited all activities delivered by LOCOG including the test event in Greenwich Park. The following audits will also cover the preparations for delivery of the Games, management of the Villages, coordination of the Olympic Torch Relay, opening and closing ceremonies and the delivery of medal events. BS 8901 was inspired by

the London 2012 bid and has been developed specifically for the events industry with a purpose of helping event organisers, venues and suppliers to operate in a more sustainable manner. LOCOG Chief Executive, Paul Deighton said: “We set

out to achieve new standards of sustainability in the staging of the Games. Certification to BS 8901 is an Olympic and Paralympic first and is a fantastic achievement that shows how far sustainability is embedded into the heart of our organisation. “We still have more work to do but we are well on track to achieve some fantastic results and uncover more opportunities that have not been realised before in an Olympic or Paralympic context.”

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