Plans for new ‘centre of excellence’ for young people’s health in south London

Plans for ‘a ground-breaking’ new £65 m centre for children and young people’s mental health in south London have recently been launched.

The Pears Maudsley Centre for Children and Young People will bring together ‘the world’s leading experts in clinical care and research’ from South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) and King’s College London’s Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN). With a long history of collaboration, the two organisations’ goal is to create ‘an exceptional centre of care for young people, with a focus on the potential of research to identify mental health difficulties early, and transform the treatment and care of children and young people in the UK and across the globe’. Based at the Maudsley Hospital in Denmark Hill, the new building will house the Institute for Children and Young People’s Mental Health at King’s College London and the Maudsley. Providing space

Floor marking signs and tapesencourage correct ‘distancing’ A new range of floor signals are

designed to help people stay safe and remain two metres apart in public queues and workplaces as organisations move quickly to tackle the spread of coronavirus. Available from Beaverswood, the self-adhesive, high visibility floor signs and hazard tapes are designed to highlight and encourage social distancing in queue lines. The company says they are ideal for use in environments ranging from hospitals and pharmacies, to banks, fast food outlets, and petrol stations. Each circular sign is 235 mm in diameter, and ‘highly visible’, with clear warning instruction. The floor tapes are available in a range of colours, including black and yellow stripes, in both 50 x 33 mm and 75 x 33 mm sizes. Beaverswood said: “Many retailers are also opting for the footprints and corner markers to ‘zone’ mark queuing distances. These are also available in a range of colours.”

for high quality mental healthcare, it will be designed to enable clinicians and scientists to collaborate, share ideas, and identify treatments, ‘that make a real difference to the lives of children, young people, and their families’.

Teams and individuals will research to better understand the causes of mental health difficulties, seeking to halve the time it takes to bring children and families new treatments. The initial focus will be on mothers and babies, child trauma, self- harm, attention deficit hyperactivity

disorder (ADHD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), autism, anxiety, depression, and digital technologies. Both organisations say they will ensure that the findings of their research have long-term impact – through education, policy change, and public engagement. The building will also house the Bethlem and Maudsley Hospital School, providing ‘highly personalised’ education for young people while they are inpatients. The establishment of the Institute, and the creation of the Centre, have been made possible through the support of philanthropic foundations and individuals ‘keen to improve the mental health of future generations’.

The Pears Maudsley Centre for Children and Young People will be funded by a combination of investments from South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and King’s College London, large donations, and a public fundraising campaign being launched later this year.

Joint Research and Innovation Centre

London South Bank University (LSBU) and the Building Services Research and Information Association (BSRIA) have launched a new joint research and innovation centre. They say the BSRIA-LSBU Innovation Centre (‘BLIC’) will support building services in the construction sector by promoting collaborative research between LSBU’s School of The Built Environment and Architecture (BEA) and ‘world- renowned’ BSRIA.

Professor George Ofori, Dean of LSBU’s School of The Built Environment and Architecture (pictured), said: “Around 80 per cent of the UK’s existing real estate accounts for over 40 per cent of UK carbon emissions. To meet the UK’s

future obligation to reduce carbon emissions by 80 per cent, we must focus on developing research and innovation to help improve the quality of often neglected existing buildings. The challenges associated with retrofitting existing housing estates have been highlighted with the tragic events of Grenfell Tower, but there are also other challenges facing the construction industry, associated with fuel poverty, air quality, uptake of technology, performance of existing technology, and user experience. The new research centre will focus on finding innovative solutions to these problems, while providing leadership that will deliver safe, affordable, and sustainable domestic environments for communities in the UK and globally.”

From radiator valves to non-concussive taps

Altecnic, a leading UK supplier of hydronic solutions, and part of the Caleffi Group, has unveiled its latest product brochure, showcasing 35 new product lines for the first time. The company offers over 5,000 domestic and commercial products. The 2020 brochure is available to download from the Altecnic website. New products include a range of commercial washroom products brought to the UK through the SILFRA brand, which include non-concussive taps, timed flow controls, ‘vandal-resistant’ shower valves, and shower panels. Dosing pots for


inserting liquid chemicals into commercial closed heating or chilled water systems also feature for the first time. The Altecnic dosing pot vessel and tundish are made from AISI 314 stainless steel, and come complete with integral mounting brackets. Altecnic says its range of approved radiator valves and accessories is the market’s ‘most comprehensive’. It said: “From the TELL efficiency rated ‘I’ Ecocal thermostatic radiator valve, to the contemporarily designed Eclipse manual radiator valves, there’s a product to fit any installation.”


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