Milestone in construction of new Highgate facility

Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust (C&I) has appointed BAM Construction to build its new £70 m mental health inpatient facility in Highgate. Construction of the new building, opposite the Trust’s existing Highgate Mental Health Centre, is due to begin later this year, following planning approval, and to be completed in summer 2022. The purpose-built facility, with five wards, a gym, dedicated activity spaces, and a community café, will replace ‘ageing and no longer fit-for-purpose’ mental health inpatient wards at St Pancras Hospital. Trust CEO, Angela McNab, said: “This appointment marks another exciting milestone in our plans to deliver a new inpatient mental health facility for people in Camden and Islington. During the past year the Trust has worked closely with service-users, carers, staff, and architects to co-design the new facility – listening to their ideas, suggestions, and experience of using existing inpatient services, with the feedback received helping to shape new building’s design.”

The Trust’s St Pancras Transformation Programme director, Malcolm McFrederick, said: “Our aim is to develop a modern, therapeutic facility that supports wellbeing and recovery, and enables staff to provide the best possible care. We are delighted that a contractor has now been appointed to turn year-long co-production discussions into a reality”.

Trust Project director, Akin Durowoju, who is leading the new build, said: “In appointing a contractor we considered not

New dates for DiMH 2020 event announced

With concern escalating over the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19), the announcement by the Prime Minister regarding the need for social distancing, and following consultation, Step Exhibitions, which co-organises the annual Design in Mental Health conference, exhibition, and awards dinner with the DiMHN, has concluded that ‘it is in the best interest of all parties’ to reschedule this year’s event. DiMH 2020, which was due to take

only its experience in mental health facility design and construction, but also how key responsibilities, such as those to the environment and local communities, are met. We are confident that BAM Construction will deliver on all of those things.”

Gavin Pantlin, Construction director for BAM, said: “Our experience, combined with a highly modern and sophisticated approach, is what the healthcare sector demands, because of the range of sensitive environments that patients and medical professionals experience.

“We are eager to develop the strong relationship we have started to forge with the Trust and its partners so that many good things can develop from it, for the Trust, for its patients, and for the people who live and work in the area.”

BAM is behind over 100 health schemes in London alone. It was appointed to this scheme following a competitive process under the ProCure22 framework.

Part of the ‘ongoing keyvolution’

Abloy UK’s ‘newest innovation in digital security’ – the Abloy BEAT – is a keyless solution that combines three main components: a digital key, a mobile application, and a heavy-duty, IP68-rated, ‘weatherproof’ Bluetooth padlock, all managed with the visual Abloy OS user interface. The company says the ‘future-proof solution’ is designed ‘to boost operational efficiency, while securing critical infrastructure, commercial institutions, and industry sites’. Abloy UK added: “Businesses and organisations across the UK have a growing need for the convenience and accessibility of highly secure keyless access solutions – either as an addition to existing workflows, or as a standalone solution. This is particularly true in


remote areas, or situations where carrying a physical key can increase the risk in security or even danger for the holder.”

Aaron Yule, MD at Abloy UK, said: “The Abloy BEAT is part of the ongoing ‘keyvolution’, heralding a new era of effortless

connectivity, without a physical key. Yet there are no keyless locks. The key has just taken on some new forms. The keyless solution is encrypted with the most advanced Seos credential technology, developed by HID Global. Used with your mobile device, the digital key provides best-in-class security and privacy protection.” BEAT can be integrated with existing security workflow solutions, or implemented as a standalone locking solution with Abloy OS.

place from 9-10 June at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena, will thus now be held at the same venue from 16-17 November. Event director at Step Exhibitions,

James Lee, said: “We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, but the health and safety of our exhibitors, visitors, and staff, is our number one priority.” He continued: “The latest developments have significantly increased the concerns of participating companies about the health of their employees. It has not been easy to secure a tenancy option, as many events in the UK calendar are also looking to reschedule. We were also keen to secure the same facilities, to minimise any further disruption to the layout and format of Design in Mental Health.”

James Lee added that the decision

to reschedule had been taken only after consultation with the Design in Mental Health Network about suitable action that was ‘in the overall interests of exhibitors, sponsors, speakers, and other stakeholders to determine the best outcome for all’. He said: “We believe that – in the circumstances – these new dates provide the best opportunity for our exhibitors, sponsors, and attendees, to do business and share invaluable insights at Design in Mental Health. All exhibition, delegate, and awards dinner bookings, and visitor pre- registrations, will be transferred automatically to the new dates, with further communication to all groups over the coming weeks to ensure everyone is aware of this change in dates. Our aim is to facilitate a smooth transition.”


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