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Added 23/08/2017


On 24 July 2017 clinical staff at Darlington Memorial Hospital utilised their five brand new Operating Theatres to treat patients for the first time. This followed the successful construction, commissioning and validation of the facility seven days earlier. Staff at the hospital spent the period after moving in familiarising themselves with their new surroundings in readiness for using them.

IHP and Constructor VINCI have been delivering these theatres as Phase 1 of the Darlington STEM project which involves the construction of new operating theatres and mortuary followed by the refurbishment of the existing theatres and a hospital ward.

Work now progresses to commence the refurbishment of exiting theatres that have been vacated by putting the new theatres into use.

Added 21/06/2017

IHP and MedEquip4Kids

From left to right Mahu Reddy (Lead Consultant, Emergency Dept), Gemma Watkins (Senior Sister, Emergency Dept), Vincent Boodeea (VINCI Construction UK) and Chris Cooper (Associate Medical Director for Children and Families).

IHP and VINCI Construction UK's Building North West region raised nearly £9k for MedEquip4Kids at their charity Golf Day on Friday 2 June 2017.

Following the attack on Manchester Arena on 22 May 2017, MedEquip4Kids launched a special appeal to raise £100k to make sure hospitals in Greater Manchester are fully equipped to provide emergency treatment, rehabilitation and long-term care to children and young people in the event of such incidents. MedEquip4Kids will donate the funds to Manchester Hospitals who helped with the injured after the Manchester terror attack.

VINCI Construction UK also supplied the A&E department at Stepping Hill Hospital with an AccuVein AV400 vein illumination device, which allows clinicians carrying out venepuncture to see children's veins that are invisible to the naked eye.

AccuVein AV400 vein illumination device

AccuVein AV400 vein illumination device.

We have been overwhelmed by the kindness and support from the public following the horrific Manchester Arena attack. We were simply doing our job, but are all very proud of the NHS response across Greater Manchester. The love and generosity that we have seen outweighs the evil and has united everyone even more. We are very grateful to MedEquip4Kids /VINCI Construction UK for their ongoing support. The AccuVein kit would reduce the stress caused to children in an already traumatic time, as it increases the speeds we can deliver time critical treatment and reduces the need to use intraosseous infusions, which is the process of injecting directly into the marrow of a bone.
Kate, a consultant advanced nurse practitioner at Stepping Hill

Added 02/05/2017


Integrated Health Projects (IHP) at Chase Farm Hospital site took part in a very successful Construct with Us event on Wednesday 29 March 2017 with Enfield Council at The Nightingale Academy, which was attended by the Mayor of Enfield.

Working with our preferred plant suppliers, the event aimed to reach out to future talent and change perceptions of our industry, encouraging the younger generation to consider construction as a future career option.

There were numerous hands on events including:

  • Use of Diggerland style excavators
  • Bird box making
  • Bricklaying
  • Tiling
  • Painting
  • Paving
  • Underground services detection
  • Towers, podium and MEWPs (Mobile Elevated Working Platforms)
  • Drainage works
  • Ivor Goodsite visit.

IHP also had a career stall providing guidance to those who may be seeking opportunities within the construction industry including any available apprenticeship schemes.

The day was a huge success, and as a result a number of schools in the catchment area will be involved in the next Construct with Us event, which is taking place on 29 May 2017 at Wilbury Primary School.

Added 10/04/2017


The last module units were installed at Medway's Emergency Department on Sunday 2 April after being successfully threaded through the live estate/operating hospital. The first phase of the Emergency Department extension will go live in August 2017.

Claire Lowe, Director of Estates & Facilities, Medway NHS Foundation Trust said: "Fantastic team effort so well done to all concerned"

The three phase project is being carried out in the heart of a fully operational hospital. To take delivery of the 69 modular units, IHP had to divert emergency ambulances. Close collaboration with the Trust and ambulance service was key to devising a safe plan. 25 Traffic marshals and banksmen were positioned around the site to control traffic, making the delivery a success. During the 11 days of lifting the team were able to ensure that ambulance operations were unaffected by works and the ambulance service thanked IHP for an excellent operation within the live hospital.

Added 06/03/2017


Monday 27 February marked "Build–A–Wall Day".

IHP with Astin's, who are carrying out the Dry Lining works at our Chase Farm Hospital project, invited the Carpentry Level 2 students of Haringey / Enfield College to their Academy for an Introduction into Dry lining techniques.

12 students attended the day course which enabled them to visualise how walls can be constructed in metal and plasterboard, rather than the traditional method of wood and plasterboard.

One student replied to a question asked "its still using the same hand / eye techniques that we use at college in carpentry, just adapting to a different product with a better sustainability".

Our thanks to Astins and their team with special thanks to Paul Hayter the Course Tutor for expert tuition given.

Added 06/12/2016


A specially engraved spade was presented to Medway Maritime Hospital from Integrated Health Projects (IHP). From left: Kelly Tolhurst (MP for Rochester and Strood), Diana Hamilton-Failey, Andrew Miles (Integrated Health Projects and VINCI Construction UK), Claire Lowe, Claire Hughes and Josephine Steely.

The emergency department at Medway Maritime Hospital has been undergoing a major development programme with the introduction of a new Children’s department, Minors area and Majors waiting area. The redevelopment comes at a crucial time as the department continues to face challenges in terms of capacity and operational issues.

  • Built for around 45,000 visitors but sees more than 110,000 people per year
  • In July, saw more than 400 patients in one day alone
  • Is regularly seeing more than 110 ambulances per day. Between 11 am and 8 pm, it is seeing over ten ambulances per hour.

The new build of the Majors department will resolve the issues of overcrowding because we are doubling our capacity. Instead of working with 12 Major cubicles we will be working with 24. We currently have a resuscitation area of five bays and that will go up to seven.
Clare Hughes is a Senior Matron of the hospital’s A&E service

It is hoped the new Majors area – which will be built next to the current ambulance bay for people with serious injuries and life-threatening conditions - will improve life for staff and patients. When the new Majors building is finished in late 2017, there will 24 Majors bays, seven bays in resuscitation, and 10 bays in the Clinical Decisions Unit (CDU).

Rochester and Strood MP Kelly Tolhurst welcomed the expansion of the emergency department: “Medway has been on a progressive path of improvement over the last 2 years and the changes that have already been made are from my point of view a success.

“The feedback I have received from local people has been extremely positive. I was stopped yesterday by somebody who had an experience last week and they were singing the hospital’s praises.”

She added: “It’s good news for users of Medway hospital and part of the development and improvement we have been waiting for.”

Added 06/12/2016


Chase Farm Hospital was visited by sixteen students from The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London last week. The students, who are Level 1 in Carpentry & Joinery, were provided with presentations on Dry-lining and Formwork, which are currently being carried out on site. Construction related processes and various aspects where their skills could be utilised were highlighted, giving the students a practical look into site activities not found in their college environment or curriculums.

We just wanted to say thanks for today to all those involved. The students really enjoyed the visit and we are looking forward to attending again. We are in the process of printing the pictures and displaying the visit in our department.
College spokesperson

Thank you to Sam Lewis and Steve Williams, Senior Site Managers, and Mitchel Bagley, Graduate, who took time to help contribute to the students’ future careers. We hope some of them will look at VINCI Construction UK as an employer of choice.

Chase Farm Hospital Redevelopment is a design and build of a new 5-storey Hospital, Energy Centre and Multi storey car park under the P21+ Framework working in partnership with the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust on a live hospital campus.

Added 18/11/2016


Building Better Healthcare Awards took place earlier this month with The Curve, delivered by Integrated Health Projects and Gilling Dod Architects, winning two prestigious awards on the night.

The Curve is a recovery, health and wellbeing academy which creates a much improved first impression for the Prestwich Hospital site. The facility provides a range of free educational courses and resources for people with mental health and substance misuse problems, their families, and carers as well as healthcare professionals.

Designed around a central hub, the building also hosts the trust's development activities, and education and training functions. Facilities include 100-person lecture theatre, four seminar rooms, three breakout rooms, a library and support areas. Each of these has a number of possible room configurations to give design resilience for the future.

Choosing it as its winner for Clinician's Choice, Dr Roy MacGregor, said: "This is an impressive first-class mental health facility providing an extremely-valuable resource for patients and hospital staff. It is also a welcoming and outstanding first impression for the hospital and it is good to see staff educational facilities mixed with patient facilities on the same well-designed site."

Winning the Patient's Choice, it was also singled out for praise by head judge, Patricia Wilkie for the interior design, which is helping to create a less-institutional feel for mental health services. Describing it as "first-class", she praised the "vibrant and stimulating" central hub within the recovery academy. "The Curve provides the perfect environment to promote recovery, health and wellbeing and acts as a flagship for the Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust. It reflects the recovery principles in all aspects of its culture and operation and the physical environment and language portrays messages of hope, empowerment, possibility and aspirations."

Added 21/10/2016


Integrated Health Projects (IHP) and our VINCI North West Building team, were praised by judges at this year's Healthcare Estates Event by winning the 2016 Patient Experience Award.

'The Curve' at Prestwich Hospital provides a ground-breaking community facing mental health resource hub, specifically designed to support vulnerable people living in the community.

Housing a library, café, lecture halls, educational spaces, forum areas, meeting and therapy rooms, the facility provides public facilities for the client. It also provides new Headquarters facilities.

The awards event was held earlier this month in a packed city centre hotel in Manchester. NHS doctor, campaigner, broadcaster and comedian Phil Hammond presented the coveted award.

Recognition was given to the quality of award entries this year, with judging proving to be a difficult process.

Added 21/10/2016


Integrated Health Projects (IHP), the joint venture between VINCI Construction UK and Sir Robert McAlpine, has been appointed onto the new £4bn/4 year ProCure22 National Framework. This represents a significant success for IHP in this important area of our business.

ProCure22 is available to a broader range of clients involved in healthcare and enables PSCP/client partnerships to drive increased efficiency and productivity to deliver solutions that make best use of the client's estate.
Alan Kondys, IHP Framework Lead

The ProCure22 Framework will replace ProCure21+, which is to end in September 2016, and will be available to a broad base of clients in health & social care (including third sector).

This is the third consecutive National Framework for IHP over 13 years, and brings together five other Principal Supply Chain Partners (PSCPs) comprising: Kier, Interserve, Galliford Try, Graham and BAM Construction.

The Cost Reduction Programme will continue under ProCure22 with ongoing promotion and further development of Repeatable Rooms and Standard Components.

Added 31/05/2016


The New Orthopaedic Centre at Wrightington Hospital delivered by Integrated Health Projects (IHP), the VINCI/SRM JV, wins the ‘Value and Improvement in Estate Management’ award at the HSJ Value in Healthcare Awards in Manchester in May.

Our client the Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust said of the facility:

  • a first class, cost effective facility has been delivered within budget and to time
  • the building is innovative in its design and will support the clinical teams in being able to deliver even higher standards of clinical care
  • the value for money and quality of the building cannot be matched
  • a significant improvement in patient experience has been achieved

Patients are also delighted and have said:

  • The new unit is world class and gives patients a 21st century experience. BMP, April 2016
  • Everyone said it was the best place to be…It was True! Jan 2016
  • Your new wards and operating theatres are obviously something to be proud of. MN, Jan 2016

Added 05/04/2016


Integrated Health Projects (IHP) participated in an Easter Egg collection for the Children's Ward at Watford General Hospital and the Rennie Grove Hospice in St Albans.

The generosity of everyone has been overwhelming and just over 100 Easter eggs have been collected, so a huge thank you to all those who donated Easter Eggs.

We had the fun task of fitting the boxes into a smart car, there were most certainly be some very happy children so thank you again.

Added 02/03/2016


Enfield Council has granted planning consent for the construction of the £150million redevelopment of Chase Farm Hospital in Enfield, North London. Enabling works are underway forming part of a £139million contract awarded to Integrated Health Projects (IHP).

The redevelopment will provide the Royal Free London NHS foundation Trust with a new build five-storey acute hospital including an urgent care centre, inpatients, eight theatres, day surgery, outpatient ambulatory care zone, imaging, diagnostics and supporting facilities.

The design has been developed in consultation with all departments and clinicians, allowing the design team to lead the way with innovative healthcare design comprising a number of flexible options to allow for service change in the future.

Added 24/02/2016


A memorial to honour the gift of organ donation is complete at the Countess of Chester Hospital following a government recommendation for all NHS Acute Trusts to consider an appropriate public recognition of organ donors and their families.

Thanks to Integrated Health Projects, a plain glazed window unit has been replaced on the first floor next to the entrance to the Intensive Care Unit with a stained glass window featuring a circle of light.

Added 10/11/2015


Integrated Health Projects (IHP), the VINCI/SRM JV, picked up 3 prestigious awards for projects delivered by IHP under the ProCure 21+ Framework.

The event saw 620 guests attending the 17th annual Building Better Healthcare Awards recognising the products, environments, services and people who keep the health service operating effectively and efficiently.

Patient’s Choice Award
WINNER: The Lighthouse, West Bromwich

The judges said: “The vision and realisation of this superb facility for patients suffering from dementia and their carers is truly an exemplar.”

Award for Innovation in ProCure21+
WINNER: The Harbour, Blackpool

The judges said: “It’s forward thinking in terms of the way it was financed and it very demonstrates efficiency in the way it was built.”

Award for Estates Improvement
WINNER: Lister ‘Our Changing Hospitals’ project

The judges said “This will greatly improve healthcare facilities in and around Hertfordshire”

Added 06/11/2015


Integrated Health Projects (IHP), the VINCI/Sir Robert McAlpine JV are proud to be delivering the P21+ Scheme at Chesterfield Royal Hospital. As part of this partnership with the Trust, IHP recently took part in an annual event which provides an opportunity for all teams, departments and individuals to showcase the work they have undertaken over the last year.

The event was open to the public, staff, governors and local mayor and included a series of presentations, stands and activities sponsored by all areas of the Trust

The IHP stand showcased our relationship with the Chesterfield NHS Trust across our P21+ portfolio of work, including the:

  • Theatre refurbishment scheme
  • Endoscopy refurbishment and new build facility
  • New build orthopaedic outpatient clinic
This was the ideal opportunity to talk about how we have engaged effectively with the Trust at all levels. At the same time we have improved as a team through continuous learning, offering varied techniques to help manage expectations and minimise disruption through our logistic planning and coordination. The team have delivered to a consistently high standard.
Keith Shivers, IHP Regional Director

Added 29/10/2015


IHP (the joint venture between VINCI Construction UK and Sir Robert McAlpine) along with the other five ProCure21+ Principal Supply Chain Partners, have picked up two prestigious national awards for the P21+ Repeatable Room initiative.

BCI - Product Design Innovation Award

Constructing Excellence - Integration and Collaborative Working Award

Alan Kondys, Mike Laide and Jeff Stephens have worked on the P21+ Repeatable Room initiative that BCI describe as:

An amazing story of what collaboration can deliver in arguably the most challenging environment – Healthcare. They have managed to put competition aside to deliver real value for patients, staff, and the economy – improving safety and delivering commercial value. An evidence based approach has been taken at each step of the process – and involving all users (patients, staff – clinical and non-clinical, architects, engineers and contractors) to create wards that themselves deliver care. Creating the environment that will deliver long term benefits and support each of us when we are at our most vulnerable.

This excellent work is in the open domain to allow benefits to be realised outside the direct scope of the contract and future healthcare projects will to continue to refine this approach, delivering even better healthcare buildings. This collaborative approach sets a new benchmark of what we can achieve together.

Following the success of the P21+ Framework winning this award I would like to pass on my thanks on behalf of the Department of Health to yourselves and all others in your Supply Chain involved in achieving this recognition for what we have all achieved.
Cliff Jones, P21+ Programme Manager, Department of Health

Added 03/07/2015


A team of VINCI Angels from the Rainham office recently took part in a 5K Race for Life held in Weald Country Park, Brentwood, Essex. Cancer Research UK's Race for Life is the largest women-only fundraising event in the UK.

Tayla Kinnear, Mandy Oakley, Karen Doyle, Charlotte Ely and Laura Eaketts, plus friends and family, have so far collected almost £1000 and are able to receive further donations through www.justgiving.com/teams/vinci-angels.

Added 08/06/2015


The impact of good design on mental health patients was highlighted with the announcement of the winners of the 2015 Design in Mental Health Awards.

The Lighthouse was the joint winner of the Service User Experience Award. This Scheme was delivered by VINCI as part of Integrated Health Projects with Gilling Dod Architects.

IHP was also part of the other winner – ProCure 21+ for its Repeatable Mental Health Bedrooms.

Alan Kondys and Mike Laide have worked on this initiative that had an accelerated but thorough planning and design stage that has brought together stakeholders and experts from across the NHS and the supply chain.

The repeatable rooms extra value to healthcare construction schemes delivered through the framework and are available for sharing throughout the NHS.

The Harbour was shortlisted at the awards and John Millington delivered a case study on the project to the conference delegates. This case study highlighted achievements in:

  • Efficiency - 10% cost reduction and increased number of bedrooms
  • Sustainability – Water attenuation system to create wetlands for local wildlife
  • Community – Charity bike ride and refurbishment of local windmill

Added 08/06/2015


IHP (the joint venture between VINCI Construction UK and Sir Robert McAlpine) along with the other five ProCure21+ Principal Supply Chain Partners, have been announced as 2015 Constructing Excellence Finalists for the P21+ Cost Reduction Programme.

The Cost Reduction Programme is delivering repeatable rooms and standardised components to achieve and even exceed the 14% savings required by the Government Construction Strategy. This enables ProCure21+ to deliver high-quality healthcare environments and release NHS funds for front line services.

Alan Kondys and Mike Laide have worked on this initiative that had an accelerated but thorough planning and design stage that has brought together stakeholders and experts from across the NHS and the supply chain.

The series of repeatable rooms and standardised components add extra value to healthcare construction schemes delivered through the framework and are available for sharing throughout the NHS.

This achievement has been recognised by Doctor Dan Poulter, MP - Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health who said: "I would like to see these good designs in use at local level, saving every Trust money that can be put into frontline patient care."

Added 08/06/2015


IHP along with the other five ProCure21+ Principal Supply Chain Partners, have been announced as 2015 BCI awards Finalists for the P21+ Cost Reduction Programme.

The Cost Reduction Programme is delivering repeatable rooms and standardised components to achieve and even exceed the 14% savings required by the Government Construction Strategy. This enables ProCure21+ to deliver high-quality healthcare environments and release NHS funds for front line services.

Alan Kondys and Mike Laide have worked on this initiative that had an accelerated but thorough planning and design stage that has brought together stakeholders and experts from across the NHS and the supply chain.

The series of repeatable rooms and standardised components add extra value to healthcare construction schemes delivered through the framework and are available for sharing throughout the NHS.

This achievement has been recognised by Doctor Dan Poulter, MP - Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health who said: "I would like to see these good designs in use at local level, saving every Trust money that can be put into frontline patient care."

Added 25/03/2015


Our IHP has been working for NHS Business Services Authority for over 10 years and recently completed Skipton House entailing the total strip-out and refurbishment.

Thanks again for taking care of the extras and for the sterling job you, Jason and IHP did on the whole project the finished article is top quality. Staff are ecstatic and we are getting positive feedback from their senior management and the staff themselves.
Thomas Kennedy, Assistant Operational Facilities Manager, NHS BSA

Added 04/02/2015


VINCI CONSTRUCTION UK LIMITED (as part of Integrated Health Projects) has raised a staggering £120,000 for MedEquip4Kids in the past five years. MedEquip4Kids improves the health of children and babies by providing equipment not available from limited NHS resources.

We have supported the charity’s projects at hospitals across Greater Manchester including North Manchester General Hospital, Royal Oldham Hospital, Stepping Hill Hospital and Wythenshawe Hospital.

The money has been raised through challenge events, runs, treks, golf days, a charity ball and a quiz night. The whole company has got behind the cause and has pulled together to make this achievement possible.

Ghazala Baig, Chief Executive of MedEquip4Kids, said: “We are so grateful to everyone at VINCI Construction UK for their tremendous support for the past five years – and we really look forward to the relationship continuing in the future.”

Chris Hamer, Managing Director of VINCI Construction UK’s Building division, said: “I’m proud of the effort and dedication shown by my teams in raising this amount of money for Medequip4kids. It really shows the extent of our commitment to the communities in which we work.”

To find out more about the work of MedEquip4Kids please call 0161 798 1600 or visit www.medequip4kids.org.uk

Added 20/01/2015


Integrated Health Projects (IHP), the VINCI/SRM JV, achieved strong recognition at the prestigious Building Better Healthcare Awards. The awards are held each year to celebrate innovation and improvement in the built environment, medical devices and people working in the healthcare industry. IHP’s successes…

Building Design Class

  • Award for Best Mental Health Development Winners: Gilling Dod Architects working for IHP for Junction 17, Tier 4 CAMHS Unit at Prestwich

People Class

  • The Working Together Award - Highly commended: IHP and Lister Macmillan
  • Client of the Year Award - Highly commended: Kerri Instance - Trust project manager at St Ann's Hospital, Poole with IHP
  • Innovations in Procure21+ - Highly commended: IHP for Bridgwater Community Hospital

Additionally and significantly for the Kent Institute of Medicine & Surgery delivered by VINCI David Morley Architects were winners of the Best Acute Hospital Development under the Building Design Class.

Added 12/12/2014


Alan Kondys (left) has addressed an audience of healthcare experts at the annual Healthcare Estates Exhibition and Conference in Manchester.

Speaking on behalf of the Integrated Health Projects joint venture, Alan delivered a lecture on cost reduction through standardisation and that makes more money available for front line NHS services.

At the same event VINCI sponsored the Architects for Health awards at which Alan presented the awards and spoke of VINCI Construction UK’s extensive experience in the sector, including the construction of 500,000m2 of healthcare buildings as well as the maintenance of 500,000m2 of acute hospital space with 500 staff working alongside healthcare professionals.

Working on a theme of ‘quality in the patient environment’, this year’s exhibition brought together over 190 exhibitors and healthcare industry leaders to discuss ongoing changes within the NHS and how they will impact upon the estate.

Added 21/11/2014


IHP has completed a new £7.5m Medium Secure Unit (MSU) for Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust.

The thirteen month contract started on site in November 2013 and included the extension of the existing unit to house an additional 25-bed supported living units as well as office space for staff and additional car parking.

Having secured consecutive contracts with the Trust is proof that our partnership is helping shape mental health facilities for Greater Manchester. The new Medium Secure Unit was designed specifically to assist with patients’ recovery and to create a comfortable and safe environment for all.
Dave Spencer, Senior Project Manager, IHP

Joe Peers, Director of Estates and Facilities, said: "This significant investment has meant that we are in the position to provide a warm and welcoming therapeutic recovery environment, built to a very high safety standard.

The additional 25 beds will allow the Trust to care for service users which had previously been cared for by a private provider for the last 12 years.

As well as the environmental improvements, there will be a range of other benefits for the patients including access to a range of facilities both at the Edenfield Centre and the Trust site.”

The first of the two contracts was awarded to IHP in November 2011. This resulted in a new £10m, two-storey, Tier 4 Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in-patient facility, known as Junction 17. The mental health facility for young people also featured an on-site college and was handed over to the Trust in August 2013.

Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust provides mental health and social care services for day visitors and in-patients. The facility specialises in mental health and substance misuse services for people living within Greater Manchester.

Added 15/10/2014


The £18m redevelopment at Wrightington Hospital in West Lancashire has passed a crucial milestone with the project team from Integrated Health Projects (IHP) completing the steel frame.

The hospital is a recognised centre for orthopaedic excellence and the new development, when completed, will accommodate the new surgical facility, which will comprise of four theatres, an admissions unit and two 28-bed wards.

The redeveloped hospital will provide modern, high quality surgical facilities which will allow the Trust to continue to attract patients from all over the country for orthopaedic healthcare.

Completing this crucial stage in the build is a significant landmark on the project. With the steel frame in place, the team can move forward to the next stage of what promises to be an excellent facility for patients being treated as well for the staff that will work here.
Paul Turner, Senior Project Manager, IHP

The project is for client Wrightington, Wigan & Leigh NHS Foundation Trust and is being undertaken by IHP, a joint venture between VINCI Construction UK and Sir Robert McAlpine.

On site work began in June 2014 and is due for completion in November 2015.

Added 08/10/2014


A drainage system implemented at The Harbour has helped maintain a natural wildlife habitat.

The original green field site in Blackpool drained naturally into surface water ditches. However, due to underlying ground conditions, the use of a soak away solution was not possible.

Project Manager Nigel Plant and his team, however, were able to mimic the natural path of surface water, thereby controlling the run-off to pre-construction rates.

With a total impermeable area of approximately three hectares, the new development required 1,200m3 of attenuation, which is provided by five large cylindrical tanks positioned across the site to ensure the depth of drainage is kept to a minimum.

In addition, petrol interceptors have been provided for all vehicular areas to maintain the water quality entering the system.

The final controlled water flow passes into a shallow basin in the low lying ground to the south of the site, providing a large wetland environment which will be naturalised with planting.

The wetland will replace a small pond and boggy area of the original site in order to maintain a habitat for native species and wildlife.

Added 22/08/2014


Ivor Goodsite, together with members of the VINCI Construction UK team working at Lister Hospital, has visited children on the Hertfordshire-based hospital’s paediatric ward.

The Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) mascot joined Senior Engineer Azam Burdi to speak to the children about the importance of safety on and around a construction site.

The young patients were presented with a bag of goodies before gathering for a group photo with Azam, special medical staff, and their special visitor.

Ivor even stopped en-route to pose for photographs and selfies with members of the public and ambulance drivers.

Special recognition must go to Office Manager Sarah ‘Ivor’ Gildersleve, who enthusiastically donned the outfit on an unusually hot day.

The multi Project Scheme at Lister Hospital is being delivered under the ProCure21+ Framework by Integrated Health Project (IHP), joint venture between VINCI Construction UK and Sir Robert McAlpine.

Added 08/08/2014


The redevelopment at Lister Hospital has reached a vital milestone with the Elective Admissions Unit (EAU) being handed over to the East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust.

The theatres project is really gaining momentum and I am very proud of the excellent work that the team here is delivering. It’s very gratifying to actually be on site and see how quickly the new facilities are being utilised and making a real difference in delivering care and treatment to patients at Lister.
Ben Nicholls, IHP’s Project Manager for Theatres

This three-storey block comprises of two laminar flow theatres, two day surgery theatres and four new endoscopy suites, complete with a decontamination suite.

Work is now commencing on the reconfiguration of the existing theatres which will expand the recovery area to accommodate five new bays, as well as extending the coffee area.

In addition, the construction of new operating theatres and an endoscopy facility is progressing to deadline, with handover due in September.

This current construction stage is part of a wider plan to transform Lister Hospital into a world-class healthcare facility for residents in north Hertfordshire and areas of Bedfordshire.

The work at Lister Hospital is being delivered by Integrated Health Projects (IHP), a joint venture between VINCI Construction UK and Sir Robert McAlpine.

IHP was appointed to deliver each of the building phases, which has already encompassed; the refurbishment and extension to the emergency department, construction of the New Ward Block to treat acute and life threatening conditions, and the creation of a new Macmillan Chemotherapy Unit.

Added 08/08/2014


Members from the VINCI Construction UK team building the new Emergency Department at Lister Hospital recently visited the paediatric ward.

Office Manager Sarah Gildersleve dressed up as Ivor Goodsite, the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) official mascot, who promotes the industry to a younger audience, while teaching them how to be safe on and around construction sites.

Nadeem Chaudhry, Project Manager for VINCI Construction UK, said: “With a new paediatric wing for the Emergency Department being constructed as part of the transformation of Lister Hospital, this was an excellent opportunity for both the young patients and staff to discover what is involved in a project like this, essentially how to be safe around the building work, whilst having fun meeting Ivor Goodsite and our team.”

The multi-phase build at Lister Hospital is an Integrated Health Project (IHP), joint venture between VINCI Construction UK and Sir Robert McAlpine.

Added 08/08/2014


A construction team working on the redevelopment of Wrightington Hospital, in West Lancashire, has used a new product which has saved the £18m scheme thousands of pounds, whilst also reducing the project’s carbon emissions.

The unique components in RoadCem, has reduced costs by 20%. The fine, powdered blend was used to landscape and stabilise soft organic ground adjacent to the site, and provide a larger, temporary car park for the site team.

This larger space was created at no extra cost to the client, while freeing up hospital parking facilities.

The treated area can support and withstand site accommodation, materials storage and heavy construction traffic, while the finished surface is virtually maintenance free. It will eventually be milled back to soil with soil stabiliser plant and returned to landscape, without any environmental impact.

Using this new product has also helped reduce the amount of vehicles bringing material to and from the site, which is estimated to have saved up to 60% in carbon emissions.

RoadCem was originally developed by a Dutch company called PowerCem and works by binding nearly all kinds of material to form road hardening matter. Through interlocking strings which flexibly wrap around particles, the product has been used on projects all around the world from Canada, Mexico, Qatar to the Czech Republic.

Wrightington, Wigan & Leigh NHS Foundation Trust has appointed IHP, a joint venture between VINCI Construction UK and Sir Robert McAlpine, to build a new orthopaedic facility, which will comprise of four theatres, an admissions unit and two 28-bed wards.

The project started onsite in June 2014 and is due to complete in November 2015.

Added 08/08/2014


The Emergency Department project at Lister Hospital has received exceptionally high marks in a Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) assessment, placing it alongside other top VINCI CCS scores received in the last year.

The auditor, Jim Grainger, said: “The appearance of the site is exceptional and promotes an excellent image of the company and industry. The Project Manager, Nadeem Chaudhry, has initiated and maintained exceptional measures to minimise inconvenience in the operation of the Emergency Department.”

Overall, the project scored an ‘exceptional’ 43 out of 50 possible marks. Mr Grainger was also particularly impressed with the site team’s safety measures.

“Protection to the environment is also exceptional with a system installed to extract all dust and with the majority of noisy works carried out between 5pm – 1am. Safety measures are also in place to protect personnel and once again excellent with all operatives receiving daily briefings.” He said.

Integrated Health Projects (IHP), a joint venture between VINCI Construction UK and Sir Robert McAlpine, are enlarging the existing Emergency Department which is remaining fully operational throughout the project.

The second stage of the development has been handed over and now the contractor is progressing with the third and final stage; involving the refurbishment of the ground floor.

This is one of the four IHP projects, two of which have been handed over, at Lister Hospital.

Added 29/07/2014


Most people would take the M61 and M55 motorway when travelling between Manchester and Blackpool, or possibly jump in a train. But for The Harbour Harriers a bike proved to be their chosen mode of transport.

It was of course all in the name of charity, in this case Lancashire MIND. Starting at Manchester United’s Old Trafford stadium, our riders, who usually are to be found working on The Harbour project, joined more than 7,000 cyclists in completing the challenging 60mile route on Blackpool Prom, raising £3,000 along the way.

The Harbour is a £40m mental health facility currently being constructed in Blackpool by Integrated Health Projects (IHP), a joint venture between VINCI Construction UK and Sir Robert McAlpine, for client Lancashire NHS Foundation Trust.

Due for completion in November, the 154-bed low security unit will cater for dementia, advanced care, psychological intensive care units and adult functional wards.

Talking about the ride, Commercial Manager John Curphey said:“It was a tough challenge but worth the effort, knowing the money raised is going to a great cause. Well done to all the people who took part and helped support our journey.”

Lancashire Mind is a registered charity which provides support to anyone experiencing a mental health problem. Parent charity Mind facilitates campaigns to improve services, raise awareness and promote the public’s general understanding around mental health.

Added 26/06/2014

IHP win third contract from Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

We are delighted to have appointed Integrated Health Projects as the principal supply chain partner to lead the development on our site in Prestwich. It will be a huge boost for our patients and staff, and enable us to continue to successfully achieve our objectives.
Joe Peers, Director of Estates and Facilities, Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

IHP, a joint venture between VINCI Construction UK and Sir Robert McAlpine, has been awarded a third consecutive contract by Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust.

The Low Secure development consists of a new 30-bed unit with offices and additional car parking. Construction begins in November.

The contract, worth approximately £7.5m, follows on from the Edenfield Centre’s Medium Secure Unit expansion, a £5m project which will be completed on the same site by IHP in October.

Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust provides mental health and social care services to Greater Manchester and specialist mental health and substance misuse inpatient services throughout Greater Manchester and the sider North West.

Added 26/06/2014

Integrated Health Projects’ value engineering strategy has achieved overall saving of 10%.

When The Harbour in Blackpool faced budget challenges there was a very real possibility that plans to redevelop the North West’s biggest mental health facility may have ground to a halt.

Integrated Health Projects (IHP), in conjunction with Lancashire Health Care Trust (LHCT), had six months to come up with a plan to cut overall costs by 10%.

The outcome was a robust value engineering (VE) strategy that rescued the scheme by achieving the savings without compromising on standards and the quality of care delivered.

IHP drew upon the experience of ProCure21+ designers to challenge the previous thinking around the design and this delivered a high value workable solution.

The solutions included an alternative frame, sequencing and construction programme changes and earthworks remodelling.

Despite this, the number of rooms was actually increased from 143 to 154, thereby providing increased revenue and capability.

The Harbour development is now well advanced and due for completion in November 2014. The VE exercise was an absolute success delivering a substantial saving of £4.74m and providing an affordable £39.55m facility that met all LCHT’s operational requirements.

Added 02/05/2014


The operating theatres at Chesterfield Royal Hospital are receiving their first major upgrade since the hospital opened in 1984 as part of a £12million, three year project. This video details the work done to date on a new operating room with contributions from theatre staff, the IHP team and the public governor.


Added 22/04/2014


A hoard of Easter eggs has been delivered to children at Watford General Hospital, thanks to donations from VINCI Construction UK.

The campaign was coordinated by the human resources team at Astral House along with St Albans based recruitment agency Tate.

Over 60 chocolaty snacks were collected and presented to young patients on the children’s wards during the bank holiday weekend.

Data Manager Nichole Sizer said: “I wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone that donated Easter eggs for the children’s ward at Watford General Hospital. We were overwhelmed by the generosity.”

Added 17/04/14


The second – and toughest – phase of the P21+ Emergency Department project at Lister Hospital in Stevenage has been handed over to the Trust.

The IHP (VINCI Construction UK/Sir Robert McAlpine JV) team at Lister Hospital have overcome a number of challenges to achieve completion of a new emergency department.

In the face of last-minute programme changes, the team still fulfilled a request to finish the work five weeks early.

Vinci Construction UK Regional Director Chris Thwaite said: “Despite these challenges the project team worked long hours each week and most weekends to complete the project on time.”

“Full credit to Sean Calver for his pre-emptive approach to price and agreeing changes with the client. Credit also goes to Azam Burdi for his dedication, and commitment, to drive and manage subcontractors to achieve the successful handover.”

Added 06/01/14


A £40m mental health hospital in Blackpool is rapidly taking shape following completion of the steel frame.

The mental health inpatient unit known as The Harbour will be one of the largest of its kind in the north west.

The Harbour will provide care for adults including specialist dementia beds. The unit has been designed to ensure a therapeutic environment for service users and facilities to support their recovery, including private bedroom facilities, access to outdoor space and therapy areas.

IHP’s Project Manager Nigel Plant said: “The completion of the frame is a milestone which the construction team should be very proud of. We’re moving on to completing the building’s shell to make it watertight before starting the fit-out stage.”

Alistair Rose, project director for the trust, said: “The Harbour is one of four inpatient developments planned in Lancashire and is the exemplar for how future inpatient services should be designed.

“We were very keen to create an environment that is respectful of a person’s privacy and conducive to recovery. The use of art and high quality interior design will be instrumental in achieving this and we were also keen to create areas for people to socialise and enjoy the outdoors as they start to get better. It is great to see the steel frame going up; this is a big milestone and the start of the unit coming to life for us.”

Patients will begin using the facility in early 2015.

Added 21/11/13


A ground breaking ceremony has marked the start of work on a new operating theatre building at Chesterfield Royal Hospital.

The event was attended by representatives of the local NHS trust and members of the project team, including VINCI Construction UK’s Project Manager Adrian Leigh.

The three-storey building is the first phase of the hospital’s redevelopment and will be completed in May 2014.

Regional Director Keith Shivers said: “The hospital prides itself on being a first-class district general and this project will only further improve the exceptional services. We are delighted to be part of this great partnership with our client Nuffield Health and we are committed to delivering their vision.”

Chesterfield Royal opened in 1984 and provides employment for over 3,400 staff. The team faced a number of challenged prior to breaking ground, including constricted spaces, rare ivy broomrape, a British parasitic wild plant, six preserved trees and a local bat colony.

Added 19/11/13


A group of high school students have learned about routes into the world of construction.

Twenty-seven year 10 and 11 BTEC construction students spent a day touring the £10m Countess of Chester Hospital upgrade project being delivered by IHP (the P21+ VINCI Construction UK / Sir Robert McAlpine JV).

The students where they were encouraged to think creatively about the built environment and future career opportunities.

Senior Supervisor Stuart Turner said: “This was a great opportunity to show students what we are doing and how we do it. Learning about the industry on paper is one thing, but to directly experience a live project will provide the students with a realistic hands-on overview and hopefully give them the passion to join us.”

VINCI Construction UK’s site team explained the various job roles involved and outlined different training routes.

Head Teacher Brian Jordan said: “We are the only secondary school in Wirral that offers a course in construction and feel it is important our students receive skills based learning. We are very grateful to VINCI Construction UK for supporting our initiative.”

The visit was arranged by CITB, an industry body which promotes construction training. Career advisor Erika McStea said: “This is an excellent way of [promoting construction careers] by seeing and hearing direct from skilled trades and professional personnel. It is only with the industry’s support that we can achieve this and we are grateful to VINCI Construction UK for their informative insight.”

Added 01/08/13


The Countess of Wessex has officially opened the new women and children’s ward at The Royal Oldham Hospital, phase three of a three year scheme.

The P21+ scheme has been successfully delivered by Integrated Health Projects, a joint venture between VINCI Construction UK and Sir Robert McAlpine, for The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, and will be completed in November 2013.

Project Manager John Fowler said: “Today was a very proud moment for the site team and trust, and the visit was enjoyed by patients, staff and all involved in this scheme.”

The new facility includes antenatal wards, new labour delivery rooms, obstetric theatre, a mid-wife led birth centre, a postnatal ward with 29 beds, a children’s unit and a brand new, level three neonatal intensive care unit.

Added 01/08/13


A resident of over 30 years in the Merseyside area of Blackpool has spoken publicly about the positive effect an IHP team has had on the community.

“The big news in Blackpool at the moment is … The Harbour,” said Bruce Allan in the Blackpool Gazette. “We made contact with the site team and they are a really nice bunch of chaps who have shown a real interest in this area.”

The Harbour is being delivered under the Procure21+ Framework for Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust. The £40m scheme includes a 154 bed, low security mental health unit set to be one of the largest of its kind in the north west of England. The construction team supplied prizes for the opening of a local windmill project.

Mr Allan said: “It’s great when people are prepared to dig in and help, and of course we are pleased they have shown an interest in our community and our amazing windmill, so many thanks to them for that kind thought.”

Added 31/07/13


A team from VINCI Facilities has completed the Great Midlands Fun Run and raised £2,400 for the children’s emergency department at the University Hospital in Coventry.

Karen Harris, Dave Holder, Ania Krzywania, Adam Cheater, Christopher Beck, Simon Corley and Benjamin Agbasi took part in the 8.5 mile journey across Sutton Coldfield.

With their sponsorship combined, the team’s target of £1,200 was more than doubled, or, in Karen Harris’s words: “target smashed!”

Karen said: “The day was very enjoyable and a huge success. All the money raised will go to a great cause and help make hospital less frightening for local children.”

Further information

For more information please contact:

Alan Kondys
Framework Director
Tel: 01923 280986
Mob: 07816 514494