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Added 17/07/2022

IHP delivers New Urgent Treatment Centre that marks major milestone for Swindon

Staff open the new Urgent Treatment Centrefor Swindon

Staff and a patient from Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust today (8 July) formally opened a brand new Urgent Treatment Centre on the hospital site.

The new facility was made possible after the Trust successfully bid for £15m of funding and demolition began on the old urgent care centre last May.

The new UTC building, which has been delivered by IHP (the alliance between VINCI Construction UK and Sir Robert McAlpine) has additional clinic rooms and more space in both the adult and paediatric waiting areas. It also homes new plaster and ophthalmology rooms.

Designed with input from patients and staff, the UTC is inclusive and accessible for all; with the Trust’s first ever changing places facility for children and adults with disabilities, block colour pallets for patients with dementia, lowered reception desk access for wheelchair users and a sky ceiling to bring the outside, in.

It also uses calming colours, a nature theme in the children’s waiting area and displays artwork donated by local children, depicting their NHS hero.

Kevin McNamara, Chief Executive of the Trust, said: “Today, we officially opened our new Urgent Treatment Centre – a modern, fit-for-purpose building which will enable clinical teams to treat patients in the best possible environment.

“We successfully bid for £15m of national funding to help get us started, but today wouldn’t have been possible without the incredible support along the way of a number of people and organisations.

“It’s well-known that the health and care system is extremely busy and has been under significant pressure for some considerable time. Last year here at GWH we saw more than 117,000 attendances in urgent and emergency care.

“Whilst we know that a new building won’t solve the issues the system is experiencing, it does give us the chance for our fantastic multi-disciplinary teams to work together with colleagues from across the health and social care system to try to give patients the care they need it when they need it, and in the right place.”

The UTC will open its doors to the first patient on Wednesday 13 July and will be open 365 days a year, 7:00am – 10:00pm for patients to book in, closing at midnight. Local people are encouraged to call NHS 111 in the first instance, with trained operators who can advise of the appropriate healthcare option and book in for a timed appointment at the UTC if needed.

Changes are also now in place for patients accessing the Emergency Department. With a new clinical navigator in post, patients will be triaged at the door of the UTC and directed to a location in the hospital more suitable for their clinical needs.

This means all patients attending hospital as a walk-in must now enter the building through the UTC.

Dr Satinder Mann, Consultant in Emergency Medicine and Clinical Lead for the UTC, said: “I know there will be significant benefits for the patients using this new space. Recovery starts at the door and creating an environment that feels less clinical and more welcoming and calming will have profound positive impact on all who will attend.”

Next to the UTC is a new energy centre, which will generate energy to power the building through more sustainable means than the Trust has ever seen before.

The energy centre will help the Trust achieve its NHS Net Zero Carbon target through the installation of Air Source Heat Pumps which work without burning any fossil fuels and generate a 100% renewable electricity contract.

This has been a fantastic project. With the successful culmination of three years hard work by the Trust, our project team, consultants and supply chain, we are honoured to have been a part of delivering such an essential facility that will bring real benefit to the community, patients, staff and visitors for many years to come.
Russell Flowers, Regional Director at VINCI Building and IHP

Added 28/06/2022

Emergency department project breaks ground at Tameside General Hospital

The Tameside General Hospital team

A new Emergency Department redevelopment project at Tameside General Hospital took a significant step forward recently with an official 'breaking ground' ceremony held outside the unit on Monday 20 June 2022.

Delegates from the Trust including nurses, doctors and directors joined our Integrated Health Projects team that will deliver this exciting project.

This latest milestone marks the beginning of the construction phase of the project after the successful recent completion of the enabling works.

Speaking about the benefits to the local community and staff at the Trust, Deputy Chief Executive, Trish Cavanagh added: "We are really excited about the progress we are making with our new Emergency Department. There are so many benefits it will bring to both patients and staff and we cannot wait to see the new facility begin to take shape. The new Emergency Department will be a unit the staff will be proud to work in and it will provide our patients with a state-of-the-art facility to receive care and treatment when required."

Speaking about the construction works about to commence Garry Bowker, North West Regional Director from VINCI Building and Integrated Health Projects said: "Today's milestone is the culmination of a lot of hard work, collaborative design and meticulous planning to enable the construction stage of the new state of the art Emergency Department to commence on site. We are delighted to be delivering this much needed redevelopment project for the Trust and their staff which will enable them to provide the highest standards of care for patients despite the increasing demands on emergency and urgent care."

Having been involved in this project from the outset, it's fantastic to reach this milestone and begin the construction work of the new Emergency Department at the Trust. Whist we are still quite early in the redevelopment programme, the staff are already really excited about what this means for our urgent care provision at the Trust and it's beginning to become real for them.
Paul Featherstone, Director of Estates and Facilities

Added 10/06/2022

GMMP and IHP win Design in Mental Health Award

GMMP and IHP win Design in Mental Health Award

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust's (GMMH) New Park House Development, which is being delivered by our IHP team, the alliance between VINCI Construction UK and Sir Robert McAlpine has won a Design in Mental Health Award in the ‘Service User Engagement’ category.

Run by the Design in Mental Health Network, the awards recognise excellence in solution-led environments for mental health patients to support their wellbeing and recovery journey.

The teams are absolutely delighted to win this award for the new development. It is fantastic recognition to improve the design of the new building, which will lead to a more adaptable and accessible mental health built environment.

Added 22/05/2022

Poole Hospital celebrates ‘topping out’ milestone

National Rehabilitation Centre

The construction of the new theatre building at Poole Hospital reached a significant milestone with the celebration of a traditional ‘topping out’ ceremony on Friday 20th May.

Edward Argar MP, Minister of State for Health, Angus Campbell, HM Lord Lieutenant of Dorset were present along with University Hospitals Dorset staff and local and national stakeholders. The event was hosted by Integrated Health Projects (IHP), an alliance between VINCI Construction UK and Sir Robert McAlpine, including Hector McAlpine, IHP Board Member, Ian Cheung, Managing Director South at Sir Robert McAlpine, and Jason Griffiths, VINCI’s Regional Director for London and South.

A bagpiper led the guests to the top level of the building where a pouring of stone took place to ceremonially complete the roof and an evergreen bough was nailed to the structure - a tradition which dates back to Roman times to protect buildings from evil spirits. This was followed by the symbolic exchange of a tankard “for a job well done.”

The new theatre building is an extension to the existing hospital building comprising of a brand-new purpose-built five storey tower. It incorporates a four-table ‘barn’ theatre where the main surgical area is large and open-plan, with each patient treated in a dedicated space with an ultra-clean air canopy over each station.

Future consolidation of planned care on the Poole Hospital site will provide rapid treatment of elective operations without the disruption or delay that can occur from high volumes of emergency cases having to take precedence. Thousands of patients each year will benefit from shorter waiting times as a result of the greater efficiencies associated with establishing a planned care hospital.

Speaking with many patients I know investing in Poole Hospital is very important. Having modern buildings, and extensive refurbishments, means better care. Despite the many challenges the NHS faces today, we celebrate today the long-term investment that will help transform health services in Dorset.
Richard Renaut, UHD’s Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer
This topping out ceremony is an opportunity to celebrate the exemplar collaboration and technical excellence demonstrated by the project team and hospital staff. IHP is proud to work with UHD on this state-of-the-art healthcare facility and we look forward to delivering the new theatre building at Poole Hospital, which will greatly benefit patients across the region.
Ian Cheung, Managing Director South, Sir Robert McAlpine
We are delighted to be delivering this flagship project in Poole, in partnership with the University Hospitals Dorset NHS Trust. The reason we can celebrate success today is due to a great team effort, great innovation and pursuit of a common goal to deliver great health facilities for the people of Dorset
Jason Griffiths, VINCI’s Regional Director for London and South
It was a real pleasure to take part in the topping out ceremony, marking a major milestone in the construction of Poole Hospital’s new surgical theatre building, which is backed by nearly £200 million of government investment.
“This upgrade will make a significant difference in helping patients in Dorset get the care they need as quickly as possible, with eight brand new operating theatres to shorten waiting times and boost capacity.
“We continue to work closely with the NHS to tackle the Covid backlog, with a record £39 billion invested into health and care services over the next three years to deliver the biggest catch-up programme in NHS history.
Edward Argar MP, Minister of State for Health

By 2023 patients requiring trauma surgery will start to benefit from these facilities, along with more patients receiving day case treatments in better facilities. By 2025 Poole Hospital will be transforming into the major planned care hospital for Dorset, able to offer high quality elective care, protected from emergency pressures.

The hospital team

Added 10/05/2022

National Rehabilitation Centre (NRC) Programme appoints IHP as main building contractor

National Rehabilitation Centre

The National Rehabilitation Centre (NRC) Programme has appointed Integrated Health Projects (IHP) as main contractor to construct the NRC.

The NRC will be one of the early schemes to be delivered under the government’s commitment to build 40 new hospitals by 2030. It will also be designed to be Net Zero Carbon, in line with the wider Greener NHS pledge to be the world’s first net zero national health service.

National Rehabilitation Centre

Pre-construction activity can now move forward on site which is part of the Stanford Hall Rehabilitation Estate (SHRE) near Rempstone in Nottinghamshire. Main construction will start subject to final agreements from Government.

IHP, an established alliance between Vinci Construction UK and Sir Robert McAlpine, was selected following the Procure process under the P22 Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) procurement framework which provides Design and Construction Services for use by the NHS and Social Care organisations.

Partnering is embedded in the contracting process to achieve best results, quality and value. As part of the contract a Partnering Agreement overlay will be adopted which is a collaboration agreement between the central New Hospital Programme (NHP), Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH) and IHP, as well as Trusts and contractors for other early NHP schemes. This approach is intended to create a collaborative environment across Trusts delivering the early schemes within the NHP.

The NRC is a unique and brand-new facility with the potential to transform clinical rehabilitation across the NHS in England and Wales. Thanks to a wide National Clinical Academic Partnership of 22 Higher Education Institutions with the University of Nottingham and Loughborough University as the leads, the NRC will combine under one roof clinical rehabilitation, research, development and commercial innovation, and training and education. The impact of the NRC for patients is anticipated to be game-changing in terms of the quality of life potentially achievable after serious injury or illness.

Nottingham University Hospitals (NUH) NHS Trust is the NRC Programme sponsor and NUH is procuring the main contractor appointment.

This is excellent news for all of us eager to see the benefits of the NRC realised and the facility become operational as soon as possible. IHP is a great fit and I’m impressed not just with their technical capability but with their understanding of the uniqueness of the NRC. We’re confident of creating a great construction partnership that will see the outstanding NRC building come to life and help us to get on with treating patients.
Miriam Duffy, NRC Programme Director
We are delighted that IHP has been appointed to the construction of the National Rehabilitation Centre through the P22 DHSC procurement framework. Through the 20 successful years of our alliance, we have demonstrated that we have the expertise and experience necessary to match the unique nature of this project. We look forward to working in close collaboration with NHP and NUH on delivering this new model of rehabilitation in an inspiring setting, which will benefit patients and staff whilst supporting leading edge research.
Stuart McArthur, Healthcare Sector Lead at IHP
This is an important milestone for the National Rehabilitation Centre as we deliver on the government’s commitment to build 40 new hospitals by 2030. “Together with eight existing schemes, this will mean 48 hospitals delivered by the end of the decade. This new facility will transform outcomes for people who have suffered potentially life-changing injury, trauma and illness.”
Natalie Forrest, Senior Responsible Owner for the New Hospital Programme

The NRC is a 70-bed facility designed to integrate with the natural landscape of the Stanford Hall Rehabilitation Estate and specified to the highest standards of sustainability.

The NRC has been designed to ensure it will continue to achieve net zero carbon over the entire life of the building. It will not require any fossil fuels, and carbon-free electricity will be generated through solar panels on the site. The building will be highly insulated to minimise energy loss and will be built using low carbon materials such as timber for its structure.

The NRC will be built on a site approximately 400m from the counterpart Defence facility – the ‘Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre (DMRC) Stanford Hall’ – which is operated by the Ministry of Defence and opened in 2018. Both the NRC and the Defence facility are part of the overall Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre (DNRC) Programme.

The NRC will share knowledge and some specialist facilities with the Defence facility so that both can benefit. This sharing between NHS medicine and Defence medicine is novel and will enable both facilities to achieve more than the sum of their individual parts.

Alongside IHP, the NRC project team includes Ryder Architecture, Arup and Fira (landscape architects).

National Rehabilitation Centre

Added 01/04/2022

IHP reappointed to the ProCure23 Healthcare Framework

IHP reappointed to the ProCure23 Healthcare Framework

Integrated Health Projects (IHP), the VINCI Construction UK and Sir Robert McAlpine 20-year alliance has been reappointed to the latest iteration of the healthcare framework, ProCure23, part of Crown Commercial Service's (CCS) Construction Works and Associated Services 2 (CWAS2) Framework. CCS supports the public sector to achieve maximum commercial value when procuring common goods and services. In 2020/21, CCS helped the public sector to achieve commercial benefits equal to £2.04bn - supporting world-class public services that offer best value for taxpayers.

The new commercial agreement recognises the importance of public sector construction as a key driver of economic recovery, providing health bodies in England with a new route to market for construction works and associated services, and helping the UK to build back better. It adopts the principles of the Construction Playbook, rationalising frameworks in an innovative and collaborative approach between Crown Commercial Service (CCS) and NHS England and NHS Improvement.

IHP have been successful on all 3 Lots including Lot 1 for projects under £20m in the Sub-Lots North-West; North-East, Midlands and London regions; Lot 2 for national projects between £20 - £70m and Lot 3 for national projects above £70m. The P23 framework is available to all NHS Trusts and healthcare providers in England.

NHS England and NHS Improvement leads the NHS in England, sets its strategic direction through the NHS Long Term Plan, and funds key priorities for improvement. P23 is the fourth generation of the ProCure route to market for the provision of design and construction services to NHS capital projects, with an estimated cumulative value of £9bn over its four-year lifespan.

IHP will help to develop new, refurbished and repurposed health facilities that reflect changing health priorities, advances in clinical and medical capabilities and the broader societal, environmental and technological challenges and opportunities.

IHP has been selected for each iteration of the ProCure Framework since its first pilot scheme some 20 years ago. It is a mature and proven alliance of two of the most stable and established names in the UK and international construction industry, providing comprehensive national coverage for successful delivery for the NHS. The alliance has already supported over 75 NHS Trusts and healthcare providers with over 85% repeat appointments under the ProCure Frameworks.

Since 2003, the IHP alliance has delivered healthcare projects that provide improved efficiency and reduced environmental impact whilst engaging with the local community to enhance social value. The alliance is perfectly placed to deliver the key policies of the Construction Playbook including increasing the use of Modern Methods of Construction (MMC), reduction of carbon emissions, embedding digital technologies, whole life costing and leaving a social value legacy in our communities.

IHP has a strong focus on innovative solutions. The team has pioneered “barn” operating theatres, developed and delivered Repeatable Rooms and a Standard Platform for Healthcare Buildings. They are also an active partner in the Construction Innovation Hub Platform Development Programme delivering a platform rulebook for standardised low carbon healthcare solutions.

IHP and their fully integrated supply chain are experienced in all facets of healthcare infrastructure. Together they bring the technical expertise, robust cost control and programme management skills needed to safely deliver excellent value, modern, sustainable and high-quality facilities on time and within budget that we can all be proud of.

IHP are delighted to continue to support the NHS nationally through P23. We will build on our legacy of over 200 healthcare projects to improve healthcare outcomes. To achieve this, we will continue to support the collaborative initiatives on stakeholder engagement, standardisation, project assurance and carbon reduction to increase efficiency and sustainability.
Alan Kondys, IHP and VINCI Health Sector Director
We are pleased that IHP has been appointed on all the Lots of the P23 framework it bid for. Through the tried and tested 20 successful years of our alliance, we have demonstrated that we have the experience, expertise and capacity to deliver the Government’s vision. Amongst our distinctive qualities, we bring our unique collaborative approach, which aligns with the nature of the P23 framework to serve healthcare’s best interests across the country.
Stuart McArthur, IHP and Sir Robert McAlpine Healthcare Leader

In 2020, IHP was honoured to have been called upon to support the NHS during the COVID-19 national response, delivering a number of award-winning emergency projects with over 1,500-beds in less than a month including the 750-bed Manchester Nightingale Hospital in 13-days.

Added 30/03/2022

Pears Maudsley Centre, London, celebrates 'Topping Out' milestone

Pear Maudsley tops-out
The final concrete is poured.

On 29th March, a topping out ceremony was held to mark the completion of the construction of the building frame for The Pears Maudsley Centre for Children and Young People.

The £65 million building is partly funded by an ambitious fundraising campaign to address the urgent demands for an increased need in mental health provision for children and young people. It is being built by Integrated Health Projects, an alliance between VINCI Construction UK and Sir Robert McAlpine.

The Pears Maudsley Centre for Children and Young People is due to open in Denmark Hill in 2023. The centre is the result of a “bench to bedside” partnership between South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, King’s College London and the Maudsley Charity, which aims to transform child and adolescent mental health care through a unique collaboration between world-leading academics and clinicians, which will significantly speed up the time taken to bring research breakthroughs into clinical treatment.

The event included ceremonial pouring of concrete to complete the roof of the eight-storey building and the placement of an evergreen bough a tradition which dates back to Roman times, when tree boughs were used to protect buildings from evil spirits and bring in blessings from the tree spirits.

We are proud to celebrate this key milestone in the construction of the Pears Maudsley Centre in the presence of children who have helped design the building. Exemplar collaboration, innovation and expertise have been at the heart of this project, and we look forward to delivering a world-leading facility for the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people.
Stephen Bannon, Project Director, Integrated Health Projects
It is fantastic to see this unique building taking shape, giving an insight into the life-changing facility it is going to become. The centre will support our local south London community, which has some of the highest levels of deprivation in the country, together with specialist national children’s mental health services that are available to everyone in England.
Sir Norman Lamb, Trust Chair
After so many years of hard work, it is incredibly exciting to see the Pears Maudsley Centre coming to fruition. This project is rooted in partnership and collaboration and the Centre will enable us to develop ground-breaking treatments that will transform the lives of children and young people at a time when improving their mental health has never been more important. The Pears Maudsley Centre will be home to clinicians and academics in the field of children and young people’s mental health from the Trust and from King’s College London’s Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), as well as the outstanding Bethlem and Maudsley Hospital School and young in-patients. It will provide treatment to young people with a range of conditions, from eating disorders and body dysmorphic disorder, to anxiety, ADHD, autism and trauma.
David Bradley, Chief Executive of South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
There is no other Centre like this in the world. Bringing together King’s College London’s world class researchers in mental health with clinical expertise will enable us to find solutions together and change the landscape for children’s mental health. This will benefit our communities locally and nationally and lead to sharing best practice across the world, influencing global policy and mental health outcomes. It is this spirit of collaboration, innovation and creativity that will drive the culture at the Pears Maudsley Centre. The Maudsley Charity, which backs better mental health, has contributed £10m to the project and with the partners, has also generated significant support from charitable foundations including Pears Foundation, the Rayne Foundation and individual donors.
Professor Shitij Kapur, President ∓ Principal of King’s College London
Today’s ceremony is another significant milestone for The Pears Maudsley Centre and the partnership behind this innovative development. But this is more than just a building. With support from philanthropists and the public we can improve mental health outcomes now and for the future. Our commitment is that we can ‘Change The Story’ on children’s mental health and the centre is the physical embodiment of that vision. Young patients and their families, as well as researchers and clinicians, have been involved in designing the Pears Maudsley Centre, which features connections with nature as a key aspect of the design through landscaped outdoor terraces and extensive planting on each of the building’s eight floors.
Rebecca Gray, Chief Executive Officer of the Maudsley Charity

Added 29/03/2022

IHP awarded contracts to increase emergency capacity

Chesterfield Royal Hospital

IHP are carrying out works for a £29m three-storey new build extension at the Manchester Royal Infirmary emergency department, including administration and theatre accommodation for Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust. IHP have also been appointed by Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation for the £18m design and construction of the new urgent and emergency care department and paediatric assessment unit at Chesterfield Royal Hospital along with the £15m design and construction for a proposed new Emergency Department at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, appointed by Calderdale and Huddersfield Solutions Limited. The existing Saville Court buildings have been successfully demolished to enable the construction of a new single-storey emergency department.

Works have commenced on site with project completions set for 2023 with Manchester Royal Infirmary set for 2024.

Added 22/03/2022

Lincoln IHP team supports work experience student

Dylan Horton

The IHP team at PHC Lincoln have recently supported A level student, Dylan Horton, for work experience during February half term.

Dylan worked alongside Joanne Holmes, VINCI Building and IHP's site engineer, and helped set out grid line off-sets for the SFS installers and took to using the Total Station really well. He also spent time with Henry Acaster, VINCI Building and IHP's Quantity Surveyor.

Dylan found his lockdown experience of home schooling to be challenging, especially tackling A level maths in isolation from his peers. He enjoyed learning about site activities and absorbed the information that was shared. The team are hoping to offer some more work experience to him in the summer once his exams are over.

My experience at VINCI has been exceedingly educational and has only further increased my desire to work in the construction industry. From the few days I have spent on site, on the Lincoln Project, where an extension build is currently underway, my understanding of the processes and practical practices has dramatically expanded. Observing tasks and working closely with employees whose roles consist of engineering, quantity surveying and construction management has enabled me to indulge myself in all aspects of construction and has highlighted how all these aspects are vital for a successful build.

"I have closely worked with the site engineer Joanne Holmes who demonstrated the day to day occurrences for a site engineer. Not only has this allowed me to understand what practices aid a project to become complete but has also demonstrated to me how important attention to detail is. Additionally, working alongside Quantity Surveyor Henry Acaster, I have witnessed how important financial characteristics of projects are and how they can weigh in on project decisions.

Dylan Horton

Added 18/03/2022

Building underway for two new crisis mental health wards in Lincoln

left to right: Gary Hillary, Expert by Experience, Andrew Whaley, IHP/VINCI Contracts Manager and Sarah Connery, LPFT CEO)

left to right: Gary Hillary, Expert by Experience, Andrew Whaley, IHP/VINCI Contracts Manager and Sarah Connery, LPFT CEO)

Colleagues from IHP joined a team from Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LPFT) at a 'Golden Trowel' ceremony, to celebrate the start of construction of the new acute wards at the Peter Hodgkinson Centre in Lincoln.

A team of Experts by Experience – people who've been helping shape the design of the schemes, drawing on their own first-hand experience of working in, or having been treated in, other mental health facilities, also looked on as the first bricks were laid.

Enabling works and structural work are already well underway for the new facilities, which will house acute mental health support services for patients in crisis.

The two new 19-bed wards will enjoy natural light, outside views, outside spaces, energy efficiencies, modern en-suite bedrooms, relaxing and therapeutic spaces, family and social areas and a multi-faith room. Not only will the facilities, provide the therapeutic environment needed to support patient recovery, but will offer a much-improved environment for the healthcare staff to work in.

The ceremony was a major milestone in the project – and marks almost a year to the day when the wards are expected to be officially opened to patients.

We're delighted to be involved in supporting LPFT towards achieving their future vision for the Peter Hodgkinson Centre. The invaluable insight of healthcare staff and Experts by Experience has been hugely beneficial during the development of these new mental health facilities, which promise to deliver the calm, comfortable spaces required to encourage patient wellbeing.
Chris Winspear, VINCI Building and IHP's Regional Director

Added 18/03/2022

Withybush IHP teams donate for Christmas

IHP marks its 200th project

The IHP team at Withybush General Hospital donated selection boxes for the patients residing within the hospital over Christmas, as well as the hard-working Staff and Estates team.

With donations from all members of the IHP team and subcontractors IMTECH, Sharpfibre, Crest, and AFT - as well as an additional generous donation from the staff at B&M, 150 selection boxes were handed out to the patients and staff that we have been working in close proximity to over the last seven months.

Added 16/12/2021

IHP Teams helping communities we work in

Just Giving

IHP teams in the North East are raising £2,500 to provide vital help in the communities that we work within and reduce homelessness and food poverty this Christmas.

Last year, the team raised an amazing amount over £1,500! This year, the team wanted to do more and have selected 3 charities to support:

  • Doncaster & Chesterfield Food Bank - so far £500 has been raised per site which includes a food drop off this week.
  • Food banks are grassroots, community organisations aimed at supporting people who cannot afford the essentials in life, with 1 in 5 of the UK population living below the poverty line our help again will make such a positive difference.
  • Crisis at Christmas - the team have raised enough money to provide 60 gifts in total. These gifts will help provide help via a safe place to stay, hot meals and a Christmas dinner, companionship from volunteer befrienders and year-round support including training and education.

Added 13/12/2021

IHP Blackpool Victoria Hospital team collect donations for Christmas

IHP Blackpool Victoria Hospital team collect donations for Christmas

On 10 December, VINCI staff and their supply chain partners at IHP's Blackpool Victoria Hospital project, collected 415 selection boxes and 300 Christmas cards for the Empowerment charity to help share some festive spirit with less fortunate neighbours this Christmas.

Special thanks to: Bowker Ltd; Constructicon Ltd; Altrad Scaffolding; MAC Roofing and Network Partitions.

Added 25/11/2021

IHP marks its 200th Healthcare project by recommitting to its longstanding award-winning alliance between VINCI Construction UK and Sir Robert McAlpine forged over 18 years ago

IHP marks its 200th project

This significant milestone has been achieved with the Integrated Health Projects (IHP) alliance supporting 75 NHS and Local Authority healthcare clients with over 80% repeat appointment under the ProCure Frameworks. The alliance provides comprehensive national coverage and IHP has broadened its healthcare market by securing a place on The NHS Building for Wales Framework.

IHP is a mature and proven alliance of two of the most stable and established names in the UK and international construction industry. As they approach 20 years of successful delivery experience they are in their prime and fully prepared to support the requirements of ProCure23 and the New Hospital Programme.

Since 2003, the IHP alliance has delivered healthcare projects providing improved efficiency and reduced environmental impact whilst engaging with the community to enhance social value. The alliance is perfectly placed to deliver the Construction Playbook challenges including increasing MMC and carbon reduction.

IHP have a strong focus on innovative solutions. The team has pioneered “barn” operating theatres, developed and delivered repeatable rooms and a Standard Platform for Healthcare Buildings. They are also an active partner in the Construction Innovation Hub Platform Development Programme delivering a platform rulebook for standardised low carbon solutions.

Last year IHP were honoured to have been called upon to support the NHS during the COVID-19 national response, delivering a number of emergency projects with over 1500-beds in less than a month including the 750-bed Manchester Nightingale Hospital in 13 days.

IHP and their fully integrated supply chain are experienced in all facets of healthcare infrastructure. Together they bring the technical expertise, robust cost control and programme management skills needed to safely deliver good value, high quality facilities on time and within budget.

Added 05/11/2021



On 3rd November 2021, The Royal Bournemouth Hospital hosted a ground breaking ceremony to mark the start of The BEACH Building’s construction. This was in the presence of representatives from University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust (UHD) and the main contractor Integrated Health Projects (IHP). The latter is a joint venture between VINCI Construction UK and Sir Robert McAlpine.

The BEACH Building

The BEACH Building is 23,000m2 of complex hospital development over six storeys - equivalent to 115 tennis courts. It provides a new maternity unit, children’s unit, enhanced emergency department and critical care unit. This will enable the Royal Bournemouth Hospital to become the major emergency hospital for Dorset.

The ceremony marked the preparation of the first of 515 pile positions that support the foundations of The BEACH Building.

A Bagpipe player led around 50 guests to the construction site, where IHP representatives gifted tankards to Pankaj Davé, chair of UHD’s Transformation Committee, before breaking ground on the construction site.

Richard Renaut, UHD’s Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer, said: “This is a ground-breaking day in many ways as we celebrate what is a significant milestone for our local NHS and the patients we serve.

“The establishment of The BEACH Building represents significant investment and commitment by the NHS.

“It will be a modern, sustainable building, providing high quality facilities for our existing services, allowing our clinical teams to improve the way we deliver the services within it.

“On behalf of our Board I’d like to thank all the team effort for getting us to this stage today.”

Ian Cheung, Managing Director South, Sir Robert McAlpine, said: “I am proud that we have reached this important milestone and that we have kept on track with enabling the scheme, despite the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. This is testament to the great engagement, commitment and support from UHD, the IHP project team, and local industry. I look forward to delivering this state-of-the-art healthcare facility to serve the communities in Dorset.”

Jason Griffiths, VINCI’s Regional Director for London and South, said: “This project represents exactly what the IHP Joint Venture was formed to deliver. Through our technical expertise and leadership, our aim is to deliver this outstanding healthcare scheme using Modern Methods of Construction (MMC), constructing offsite where possible, and in a sustainable manner which minimises the impact on the environment.”

The construction work has been designed to minimise disruptions to the Royal Bournemouth site over the duration of the project. The BEACH Building is planned to open in Autumn 2024 and forms part of the £250m transformation of UHD’s hospitals, including investment to develop Poole Hospital as the major planned care hospital and ambitious plans for Christchurch Hospital.

Added 04/11/2021



Yesterday was an exciting day for the IHP team, as they were announced triple award-winners at the national Building Better Healthcare Awards.

The team scooped awards for Best Covid-19 Building Design 2021 and Best Covid-19 Project Team for their work on the Ward-18 project at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, for Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust.

The icing on the cake was collecting the Clinician’s Choice Award – a special recognition award, chosen by a panel of healthcare professionals, as their standout project among all the awards entries.

The team’s work to transform an existing hospital ward, into a new treatment space for Covid patients, was delivered fast-track, during the height of the Coronavirus pandemic, whilst overcoming major challenges presented by the escalating situation and the logistical difficulties of working in a live hospital environment.

Delivered to IHP’s stringent safety, quality and responsibility standards – by local people, accident/incident free, with zero defects, the new facility was receiving and treating patients within 4 days of handover in December 2020.

The improved workspace also boosted hospital staff’s morale, with its new staff room providing them with a much-needed place to rest and recuperate during a hugely testing, unprecedented global health crisis.

IHP partners from VINCI Construction UK were at the ceremony to collect the award, from where VINCI’s Regional Director, Chris Winspear, proudly addressed his colleagues: “Alongside our Project Manager Marc Heaps, I’m absolutely delighted and very proud to represent the fantastic team that delivered this project. You’ve been recognised nationally for delivering something very special and you should all be justifiably proud of your collective and individual contributions.”

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Insights from award-winning international health projects

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IHP (the alliance between VINCI Construction UK and Sir Robert McAlpine) have been proud sponsors of the European Healthcare Design awards for the last 5 years. The entries for these awards highlight the very best in design thinking and innovation to improve healthcare outcomes and the experience of all using the facilities. As ongoing sponsors, Alan Kondys, VINCI Health Sector Director and IHP Framework Director, has reviewed this year’s winning entries to consider the aspects relevant to the NHP and healthcare developments, which include:

  • Standard/repeatable (platform) blocks can be used to produce stunning bespoke facilities that meet the requirements of the brief.
  • A city centre clinically driven functional facility can also create a healing environment with the use of natural light, colour and artistic themes.
  • Healthcare facilities provide a role in the community and the need to maximise sustainability gains to reduce operational carbon.
  • Posed with the question on “choosing between designing open spaces for the city and designing 21st Century care spaces?” and the answer was “You design for both”.
  • The design concept of “establishing a unique urban village which normalises mental health treatment in a community setting”.
  • Engagement with service users, families, and care teams as part of the design process, to create spaces that physically manifest and support project objectives.
  • Leveraging the benefits from the dynamics and processes that enabled the sector to respond to emergency COVID19 requirements so quickly and efficiently.
  • Reusing existing buildings can provide sustainability advantages aligned with principles in the NHS Net Zero Carbon Building Standard.
  • Lessons learnt for where a vertical hospital is the best solution for the NHS.
  • The value of Evidence Based Design.
  • Research to support the design process for the best design in dementia and the broader healthcare setting.
  • The consideration of special spaces to provide the “invisible care” when looking at a hospital redevelopment programme.

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Did you know that Sir Robert McAlpine has provided £100,000 in support to 40 community projects across the country this year?

Bounce Back

It’s all part of their Strong Foundations Grant initiative which aims to help them give back to the communities closest to their projects and offers their people the chance to choose where the funds are distributed.

Following a successful pilot in Manchester and Salford last year, for 2021 they launched funds for eight locations across the country: Bristol, London, Oxford, Edinburgh, Manchester, Knutsford, West Hyde and Kettering. Eligible community and charity organisations were able to apply for a share of the £100k Strong Foundations Grant via the ActionFunder platform.

Applications were whittled down to a shortlist in each region, with judging panels made up of Sir Robert McAlpine colleagues making the final selection and awarding schemes up to £3,000 or up to £5,000 in London. From the positive feedback already received it’s clear the Strong Foundations grants will make a big difference to those communities benefitting from them.

I am writing to sincerely thank The Sir Robert McAlpine Foundation for the amazing £4,439 grant you recently awarded us to help refurbish our family wellbeing room at the hospice. This will really help us create a friendly and relaxing space where relatives, friends and carers can spend time before, during or after their visit to their loved one on the inpatient unit.
Kate Heaps, Chief Executive of Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice
Alive Dementia-Friendly Allotment

“Thank you so much. We are celebrating the official opening of our dementia-friendly allotment this week and are excited to start welcoming older people to enjoy gardening and the outdoors with us!!” Alive Dementia-Friendly Allotment

“We are incredibly grateful to have received funding of £2,052 to support our dads in the Woods project. Since April we’ve welcomed over 60 different Dads and their kids to our fun, safe, outdoor activity sessions.” Dads in the Wood

“We are absolutely delighted to have received this funding and support from Sir Robert McAlpine. The project is a community build of a fully accessible bothy in the middle of Edinburgh, made of sustainable materials and techniques, like straw-bale, timber, clay, lime and a green roof. This funding will support an expert Green Build Manager to teach volunteer trainees these skills and support them to build this new community facility together.” Brigend Eco-bothy build

For more information on the Strong Foundations Grant, visit SRM.com

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IHP’s Blackpool Victoria Hospital project are currently carrying out the steel frame with Leach Steelwork, as part of the next phase of the hospital development.

The current steel frame works consist of complex lifting operations and logistical issues due to the proximity of the surrounding buildings and hospital wards.

The overall scheme will comprise of a new remodelled ‘Emergency Village’ and ‘state-of-the-art’ CCU new build extension. The new build will consist of three floors which includes a same day emergency care (SDEC), CCU supporting accommodation, a 16-bed CCU ward and a plant room located at roof level.

As part of the site visit, the apprentices were given a detailed presentation on the project which included items such as piling operations, sub-structure & groundworks, engineering tolerances, temporary works, fire protection and lifting operations.

The apprentices were split into two separate groups and given a guided tour of the site by members of the project staff. Once the tour had finished there was a Q&A and a debrief session. This enabled the group to offer and share any best practices of how these works could be implemented on their specific projects. The apprentices were then tasked with completing a detailed report of the days event, which gave the group an opportunity to record any observations they made during the tour.

Overall, the site visit provided the apprentices with the opportunity to gain an understanding of how these complex works occur and how they are managed on one of our sites.

To ensure the visits are sustained for apprentices to experience, it is now the intention to visit another live project within the region in approximately 6-8 weeks-time.

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IHP integrates the extensive MMC experience and capability of VINCI Construction UK and Sir Robert McAlpine along with our specialist supply chain partners to realise our MMC vision.

To apply MMC in transforming our delivery of healthcare facilities to provide better healthcare, social, economic and environmental outcomes

We have always been at the forefront of developments in modern methods of construction (MMC) and we are now excited to be pushing the boundaries by incorporating the latest thinking in technologies and processes to ground-breaking projects and initiatives.

This includes the development of repeatable designs in conjunction with stakeholders, lean structural solutions to reduce material intensity and off-site manufactured assemblies to reduce programme times.

More recently our MMC work has included:

  • Introducing and developing Repeatable Rooms in the ProCure design working group
  • Leading the ProCure MMC working group and development of the MMC Assessment Tool
  • Integrator partner role on CIH Platform Development Programme
  • Delivery of the first major building in the UK utilising a full scale componentised and repeatable platform solution
  • Development of Standard Platform for Healthcare Buildings in collaboration with Murphy Philipps, Perega & TB+A
  • Modular Theatres research with NHSE/I and numerous NHS Trusts as co-collaborators

IHP benefits from the support in development and deployment of MMC by specialist divisions within the JV:

  • VINCI Technology Centre, including product trialling and testing
  • SRM Renewable Energy Solutions & VINCI Energy providing sustainable outcomes
  • VINCI Facilities covering buildings in operation & lifecycle efficiency
  • McAlpine Design Group providing optimised site specific solutions
  • World class digital delivery teams

IHP MMC Strategy & Toolkit

For our clients to fully benefit from MMC, we have developed a dedicated process and toolkit underpinned by industrialised processes and platform principles. This enables our clients and delivery teams to ask the right questions at the right times and have access to the right data and expertise to adopt well-balanced and evidenced MMC solutions.

Leveraging the experience and capability of the JV partners and supported by Akerlof, we have developed our IHP MMC Strategy & Toolkit that covers:

  • Integration of MMC within our operational processes
  • Partnership and collaboration around shared MMC Vision
  • Value based implementation with adoption of digitally supported standard solutions
  • Supporting the bigger picture including delivering carbon reductions and maximising social value

Our MMC Strategy incorporates the latest thinking and this will enable us to push boundaries in technologies and processes and help us to continue to do things more efficiently, productively and more sustainably.

Our refreshed MMC tools support our client, designer and wider project teams in maximising the value of MMC delivered by IHP.

This is focused on the strategic application of MMC to realise the desired outcomes of our health & social care clients in a manner that is better, faster, cost effective and greener.

For further information please contact:
Alan Kondys FRICS
IHP Framework Director
Mobile +44 (0)7816 514 494 | E-mail alan.kondys@vinciconstruction.co.uk www.ihprojects.co.uk

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Rachel Boddy joins the VINCI/IHP Team

Rachel Boddy

We are delighted to announce that Rachel Boddy has joined the VINCI and IHP healthcare team to extend our capability and capacity.

Rachel is IHP Framework Manager for the South working alongside Phil Turley and will be based in our Bristol office.

Rachel will facilitate broad IHP regional coverage and has nearly 30 years’ experience working in construction, 12 of which have been spent in the healthcare sector on several Healthcare PFI schemes. Rachel was preconstruction manager for 6 capital schemes under the P21 Framework and progressed to Framework Management of a number of other Frameworks including the Welsh Government’s ‘Designed for Life: Building for Wales 3’ Framework and the Southern Construction Framework.

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Ground breaking at Mersey Care’s Specialist Secure Hospital

Ground breaking at Mersey Care’s Specialist Secure Hospital

VINCI's IHP team (joint venture between VINCI Construction UK and Sir Robert McAlpine) along with Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust have officially broken ground at the site of a new 40-bed specialist hospital for people with learning disabilities at Maghull Health Park, Merseyside.

Preliminary work is now under way for a state of the art hospital which will be a landmark in a new model of care.

The hospital will be built on approximately 6.5 acres of land to the east of Villas Road on the Mersey Care-owned site, following approvals from Sefton Council’s planning committee and the Department of Health and Social Care.

Mersey Care’s Chief Executive, Professor Joe Rafferty CBE, said: “We are delighted to have started work on this new chapter of learning disability care. It builds on a long tradition of hospitals providing specialist care in the Maghull area and is another part of our development of Maghull Health Park as a Centre of Excellence.

“This new hospital has been designed with great precision and care. It will look beautiful and will include low carbon features and be energy efficient. Essentially though it will provide support for people across the region requiring complex care in a therapeutic low secure setting to the very highest standards that they deserve and need.”

NHS England Regional Medical Director for Commissioning Dr Michael Gregory said: “I’m delighted to see Mersey Care’s commitment to an innovative new model of care being realised in Maghull. We want to see this site supporting vulnerable people through services and back into their own communities. I look forward to seeing work here progress.”

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Vinci's growing relationship with community gardeners to support wellbeing

Vinci's growing relationship with community gardeners to support wellbeing

VINCI staff from the IHP team constructing the new Paterson building at the Christie Hospital in Manchester and the New Victoria development in Manchester city centre, are nurturing growing relationships with nearby allotment gardeners in a bid to support community wellbeing.

Building on previous voluntary allotment work that Paterson team volunteers completed earlier this summer, VINCI has thrown its support behind Greater Manchester Health & Social Care Partnership’s new ‘green social prescribing’ (GSP) initiative, being delivered by social enterprise Sow the City.

The GSP initiative enables GPs, other health and care practitioners and local agencies to refer people to nature-based interventions and activities, such as local walking for health schemes, community gardening and food-growing projects.

Allotment gardens around the city have been earmarked to be part of the GSP initiative and VINCI volunteers have agreed to buddy up with some of the gardens located near their respective sites. Working with Sow the City, New Victoria staff will liaise with Crumpsall Park Community Garden to understand what skills and support they may be able to contribute to help the gardeners improve their site and facilities. Volunteers from the Paterson project will do likewise, buddying up with the Ryder Brow Community Allotments.

The involvement in this initiative follows on from a similar community project completed by a team of volunteers from Paterson site. That initiative saw them dismantle some disused polytunnels from a former allotment at the North Manchester General Hospital site, transport and reassemble them at three other working allotments, including re-covering them with new polythene and installing new doors, and supplying a new welfare cabin at the Ryder Brow site.

As one of the sites supporting the GSP initiative, the Ryder Brow allotments will continue to host gardening and grow-your-own courses for local people to help support their social and mental wellbeing. The new polytunnels have enabled the community gardens to welcome more gardeners and growers and to plant a greater range and quantity of produce. The new cabin - a place for the gardeners to meet and take breaks, allows them to spend more time working with, and enjoying nature at the allotments.

The Ryder Brow community gardeners sent the VINCI team a card to convey their gratitude for the polytunnel project, stating: “Words can’t express how much your kind consideration has touched our hearts… thanks to your crew who delivered and constructed the polytunnel, installing the polythene and doors. It came just in time for the Grow Your Heritage project. A BIG THANKS too for arranging the donation of the cabin.”

One gardener added “great initiative”, and another declared “This course has helped my mental health so much and is very much appreciated.”

Kim Bligh, on the Paterson site, added: “the polytunnel project was very rewarding. We’re looking forward to building on the relationship we’ve developed with the Ryder Brow team and to understanding how we may be able to further support the improvement of their allotments, which will in turn bring great benefits for their gardening community and service users.”

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IHP receives Highly Commended awards for Blossom Court, St Ann’s and Pears Maudsley Centre (CYP)

IHP receives Highly Commended awards for Blossom Court, St Ann’s and Pears Maudsley Centre (CYP)

We are delighted to announce that IHP has been Highly Commended in the European Healthcare Design Awards 2021 for two projects: Blossom Court, St Ann's Hospital, commissioned by Barnet Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust, designed by Medical Architecture and Pears Maudsley Centre for Children and Young People, commissioned by South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, designed by IBI Group.

Blossom Court, St Ann's Hospital has also been shortlisted for Building Project of the Year over £10 million at the Constructing Excellence SECBE Awards 2021.

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IHP to build £114m Cancer Research Building at The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester

IHP to build £114m Cancer Research Building at The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester

Integrated Health Projects (IHP), the joint venture between VINCI Construction UK and Sir Robert McAlpine, has been awarded the contract to build a new cancer research facility at The Christie NHS Foundation Trust in Manchester, UK.

The project, worth £114 million, is funded by The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, The University of Manchester and Cancer Research UK.

Early works of construction began in August 2020 in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. They were carried out without any interruption to ongoing medical activity in other buildings, most particularly concerning the vibration-sensitive medical imaging centre.

The nine-storey, 27,000 sq. metre BREEAM Very Good-certified building is set to be handed over in December 2022. The standard-setting research center will ultimately be home to the United Kingdom’s largest team of scientists, doctors and healthcare staff.

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IHP appointed to deliver £50m Children and Young Persons (CYP) Mental Healthcare Facility

IHP appointed to deliver £50m Children and Young Persons (CYP) Mental Healthcare Facility

Integrated Health Projects (IHP), the VINCI Construction UK and Sir Robert McAlpine joint venture, has been appointed to deliver a new Children and Young Persons (CYP) Mental Healthcare facility for the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM).

The new purpose-built facility, which will be known as the Pears Maudsley Centre for Children and Young People's Mental Health, will bring together world 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 and Neuroscience (IoPPN).

With floor space totalling 9,100m2 spread over 8 floors, the new CYP facility will enable clinicians and scientists to collaborate and identify treatments for the lives of children, young people, and their families.

Designed by IBI Group, a key design feature employs multiple external roof terraces with the tiered design enhancing movement of natural daylight into all areas.

Work began on site in March 2021 under the ProCure21+ framework agreement and is due to complete in May 2023.

PM/QS for the project is AECOM/Gardiner & Theobald with IBI Group appointed as Architect. Structural Engineer is WSP Group and Troup Bywaters + Anders is MEP.

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New locations announced for Sir Robert McAlpine’s Strong Foundations Grant 2021

New locations for Strong Foundations Grant 2021

Following the success of Sir Robert McAlpine’s Strong Foundations Grant last year in Manchester and Salford, we are delighted to launch new funds available for community and charity groups across 7 UK locations.

Starting today, 19th May - 4th August, community organisations will be able to apply for a share of a £25,000 fund per region as well as access to a volunteer workforce for projects that address local needs.

The Strong Foundations Grant will again be available for those that need funding or support for new ideas or existing projects, with an aim to drive positive change in the local community.

Locations and dates

  • Bristol 19th May – 23rd June
  • London 2nd June – 7th July
  • Oxford 9th June – 14th July
  • Edinburgh 16th June – 21st July
  • Manchester 23rd June – 28th July
  • Knutsford 23rd June – 28th July
  • West Hyde 30th June – 4th August
  • Kettering 7th July - 11th August

Community organisations will be able to apply for the Strong Foundations Grant through ActionFunder, the newly launched funding platform that matches businesses with community projects - making it easier than ever before to give and get funding.

Those eligible to apply for the grant include:

Informal and formal community groups

  • Local charities and local branches of national charities
  • Schools and educational organisations
  • Not-for-profit organisations
  • Social enterprises
  • Successful applications will be shortlisted, and a judging panel of Sir Robert representatives will decide the winning projects, to be awarded up to £3,000 each (up to £5,000 in London).

You can view the previous Strong Foundations awardees here.

For more information and to submit an application for the grant, please go to the Action Funder website.

Mark Shearer, Co-Founder of ActionFunder parent company, Semble, commented: “After delivering a community grant fund last year with Sir Robert McAlpine, we’ve worked together to automate the process through ActionFunder. The outcome enables Sir Robert McAlpine and now any business to reach into their communities and back amazing people doing truly incredible things.”

We are delighted to be extending the Strong Foundations Grant across 7 locations this year which will help support even more local communities around our existing construction projects. We want to follow on the success of our previous grant and uncover more brilliant ideas that come from those who really understand the needs and opportunities in the local area. I hope that we will be able to really benefit those smaller projects that might otherwise struggle to get off the ground.
Lynda Thwaite, Group Director of Brand, Marketing & Communications, Sir Robert McAlpine

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7th European Healthcare Design 2021 Congress

7th European Healthcare Design 2021 Congress

VINCI Construction UK along with Murphy Philipps, Perega and Troup Bywaters + Anders are delighted that our abstract, Standard Platform for Healthcare Buildings, is one of a select number that has been accepted for presentation at the 7th European Healthcare Design 2021 Congress (EHD).

The European Healthcare Design 2021 programme committee said “Following an anonymous, blind evaluation, we are delighted to invite you to embrace this opportunity together with the rest of the global healthcare design community by informing you that your abstract has been selected for oral presentation.

Our Standard Platform for Healthcare Buildings proposal has been developed in support of NHS England and NHS Improvement/Government direction of travel on standardisation, Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) and Platform Design for Manufacture and Assembly (P-DfMA) for use in the hospital built environment.

The 7th European Healthcare Design 2021 Congress will, due to the ongoing pandemic, will be held virtually from 14-17 June 2021 and our abstract, on 17 June in Stream 12: Intelligent Design and Innovation.

Alan Kondys, our Health Sector and IHP Director, will be presenting and you can register to join us here: https://europeanhealthcaredesign2021.hubilo.com/

Session 42 programme

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Next Phase of the Emergency Village and Critical Care Development Underway

Next Phase of the Emergency Village and Critical Care Development Underway

The next phase of the Emergency Village and Critical Care Development is underway with building works now focussed on the new three-storey Critical Care and Same Day Emergency Care unit for Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

The existing building, which originally housed surgical theatres and latterly offices and medical engineering, is adjacent and to the rear of the Emergency Department. It will be demolished by the end of May to make way for the new construction.

Adam Lynch, Senior Construction Manager for IHP (joint venture between VINCI Construction UK and Sir Robert McAlpine), said: “From June until September, we will be working on the groundworks, with the steel work commencing from early September. We are on programme to complete the new building by July 2022.”

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Sir Robert McAlpine’s Miles for Maggie's challenge raises £9k

Next Phase of the Emergency Village and Critical Care Development Underway

During 29th March – 29th April, Sir Robert McAlpine saw colleagues across the UK have been working in teams to log virtual miles whilst fundraising for Maggie’s, a charity that supports those and their families affected by cancer.

Last month, we challenged our people with a mission: to team up with colleagues and walk, run and/or cycle the equivalent of the 437 miles between Maggie's Edinburgh and Maggie's at the Royal Marsden in London.

Fast forward 30 something days, many miles and only a few blister patches later… they’ve gone and smashed it! Congratulations to all those involved in logging miles and, of course, to everyone who has donated to help support the work of Maggie’s.

Collectively, we managed to rack up an incredible 11,750 miles. That’s the equivalent of travelling from London to Auckland, New Zealand!

But, most importantly, they have raised more than £9,400, money which will make a huge difference to the lives of people with cancer and their families – by enabling Maggie’s to offer vital practical and emotional support at a time when it has never been more needed.

About Maggies


Maggie’s help people take back control when cancer turns life upside down, with professional support for anything from treatment side effects to money worries.

All their support is free and you don't need an appointment or referral – just visit one of their centres.

The money raised is used to make the biggest possible difference to the people living with cancer, who need support now more than ever. Maggie’s teams of specialists support people by phone, video call and online. Find out more about Maggie’s via their website.

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VINCI UK Foundation supports St Martin’s Centre Partnership

St Martin’s Centre Partnership

St Martin’s Centre has expressed their thanks for the £2k funding received from VINCI UK Foundation at the start of the pandemic.

The centre is based on the border of Byker and Walker in the east end of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and support families in two of the most deprived wards in the country. This funding has contributed towards outreach activities, which ran initially from July to November 2020.

The activities focused on vulnerable older adults, many of whom were shielding in their homes and were without any family support and families with young children. Outreach support included the weekly delivery of home-made meals, provision of food parcels, supply of activity packs for both children and older adults and weekly wellbeing calls to the most vulnerable older adults and families in need.

The funding from VINCI UK Foundation contributed to the following outreach activities:

  • 457 home-made meals with dessert delivered to older adults
  • 138 food parcels delivered to older adults and families with young children
  • 103 activity packs containing fun and educational items to children and 10 to older adults, with a further 101 Christmas activity packs to older adults, some who were bored, resulting in low mood or feelings of frustration
  • 101 Christmas hampers to older adults to improve feelings of wellbeing
  • 147 older adults contacted through befriending service (including weekly calls to 20+) – for many this has been the only social contact for days at a time
  • Family Support Worker who maintained contact with vulnerable families to ensure they have remained supported through the pandemic

St Martin’s Centre said: “We would like to take this opportunity to express how grateful we are for the grant and to highlight that it has helped make a real difference to the lives of local people in these difficult times”.

CCU at Royal Preston Hospital

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Four-phase expansion of Critical Care Unit at Royal Preston Hospital is now complete

St Martin’s Centre Partnership, Byker, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

A multi-million pound project to significantly expand and refurbish the existing Critical Care Unit at the Royal Preston Hospital has now been completed.

Phases one and two of the four-phase project were completed several months ahead of schedule and opened to patients last summer; featuring state-of-the-art facilities, including six isolation rooms incorporating two dedicated anterooms that provide positive air-pressure which support the current, and any future, pandemic for both patients and staff.

Phases three and four of the project took a staff-focused approach; installing clinical skills rooms and staff rest areas, which are vital to supporting the health and wellbeing of staff, who over the past 12 months have felt the pressures both physically and emotionally of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

CCU at Royal Preston Hospital

The 34-bed state-of-the-art unit now features facilities for both patients and staff and for the first time, a dedicated reception area for relatives, featuring locker spaces, a kitchen area, and three counselling rooms that offer a calm and comfortable space for relatives to meet with clinicians away from the clinical setting.

The improved staff areas feature modern staff changing facilities, break-out areas; including a 1:1 room, architecturally designed by Gilling Dod to encourage mindfulness and positive wellbeing.

Although the project was planned long before the Covid-19 pandemic hit, investment from the Government, via the Critical Care Hospital Cell, helped to accelerate the renovation.

Karen Partington, Chief Executive at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals, said: “I’m delighted to announce that our four-phase project to expand and renovate our Critical Care Unit is now complete.

“The final stages of the project have focused on providing first-class facilities for our hard-working staff who despite feeling the physical and emotional pressures of the pandemic have continued to show true heroism to ensure our most critically ill patients receive the best possible care.

“It has been a formidable team effort from everyone involved and I would like to send my sincere gratitude to you all – especially members of our community, who kindly donated to the project through our Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Charity.”

CCU at Royal Preston Hospital

Generous donations received from the public, particularly over the past 12 months, supported by Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Charity, also helped to set-up the unit’s own text donation service. Donations received will help to fund additional equipment, family friendly facilities, and learning opportunities for Critical Care staff.

Ed Denison-Davies, a Critical Care Consultant, has been the clinical lead on the expansion project and said: “The expansion and refurbishment of the Critical Care unit has enhanced the care and rehabilitation facilities, as well as the physical environment for our patients from Lancashire and South Cumbria.

“The completion of the previous phases has helped significantly with patient care during the third wave of this pandemic, and now with the completion of this final phase we have increased our total number of beds, delivered enhanced rest facilities and offices for staff which will be beneficial to their Health and Well-Being and created new visitor facilities to improve the experience that relatives have when visiting their critically ill loved ones.”

The expansion has been managed by Integrated Health Projects (IHP), the joint venture between VINCI Construction UK and Sir Robert McAlpine, who works in partnership with the NHS to develop healthcare solutions that put the needs of patients and staff first, providing services and facilities that reflect the business aims of the Trust.

Adam Watts, IHP Senior Construction Manager, said: “Today marks final completion of this key phased project. Having constructed the Critical Care Unit during an extraordinary period, we have seen exceptional collaboration across the whole team. Everyone has worked towards a common goal during this pandemic in delivering the facility which will ultimately save lives.

“We are delighted to have worked on the project and thank all Trust members involved, which has enabled us to complete the project on time. We are certain the facility will support Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in continuing to deliver the very best in-patient care.”

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Integrated Health Projects starts work on Douglas Bennett House

Douglas Bennett House

Integrated Health Projects (IHP), the VINCI Construction UK and Sir Robert McAlpine joint venture, has now moved into construction stage on the £50m Douglas Bennett House project for London & Maudsley Hospital (SLaM) at Denmark Hill.

The existing Douglas Bennett House will make way for a new, purpose-built mental health facility that will house acute adult impatient services including four specialist wards and a psychiatric intensive care unit, all currently based in outdated facilities at Lambeth Hospital.

Spread over nearly 10,000m², the new Douglas Bennett House will allow the South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust to centralise their mental health services in one location. With the treatment of mental health central to the design, this new facility will provide greater privacy for patients with single-sex wards, en-suite bathrooms, balconies and outdoor space, family rooms, and a multi-faith suite.

Work began on site in September under the ProCure 21+ preconstruction agreement and is due to complete in September 2022.

PM/QS for the project is AECOM/Gardiner & Theobald with IBI Group appointed as Architect. Structural Engineer is WSP Group and Troup Bywaters + Anders is MEP.

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Rainbow Hospital Deeside / Ysbyty Enfys Glannau Dyfrdwy

Rainbow Hospital Deeside / Ysbyty Enfys Glannau Dyfrdwy

Some nine months after VINCI Construction UK completed this emergency COVID-19 facility, VINCI Facilities continues to work closely with the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board in the delivery of their COVID-19 plans including maintaining patient ward recovery areas (two wards in use) and the mass vaccination centre now located in Ward 4 (which was once the ice rink).

The team have fitted an inverter to the main fan supplying Ward 3 to increase control and efficiency and we are now working on creating a separate staff and visitor access area to improve the infrastructure for the vaccination teams.

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CIH Platform Design Programme

Construction Innovation Hub Platform

VINCI Construction UK is proud to be a partner in the Construction Innovation Hub Platform Design Programme and to be key contributors to the Defining the Need report now published. Together we are transforming construction delivery.

The Platform Design Programme is adapting proven manufacturing processes from other sectors for construction, to develop new rules and standards to improve the safety, assurance and interoperability of platform construction systems. We are developing proof of concepts with Government departments to create a platform construction system that offers clients the flexibility to create beautiful spaces and grow a strong pipeline of demand for standardised components.

The work delivers value to the sector and the nation long beyond the life of the programme. The outputs and the lessons we learn along the way will be shared so that businesses of all size stand ready to deliver the UK’s future construction and infrastructure needs.

Full version of the Defining the Need Report has been published externally and you can read a copy here

Added 29/01/2021

VINCI Construction UK working with NHS Charity Above & Beyond

Above & Beyond

Above & Beyond is the NHS charity for Bristol city centre hospitals. VINCI Construction UK is helping to support Above & Beyond so they can create safe, modern and friendly environments that reduce anxiety and offer calm spaces for all.

Charitable contributions help the hospitals by funding innovative research, clinical trials and ensure that the very best equipment is available for treating the 989,000 patients cared for each year. VINCI Construction UK is delighted to be working in collaboration with Above & Beyond and their dedicated 11,450 NHS staff and support their development and training.

Each year, Above & Beyond fundraise to make real differences to patients, their families and the staff who treat them at Bristol’s hospitals. Find out more at aboveandbeyond.org.uk.

Added 19/01/2021

Work completes on Huddersfield Royal Hospital Ward 18

Huddersfield Royal Hospital Ward 18

Integrated Health Projects (our joint venture between VINCI Construction UK and Sir Robert McAlpine) have successfully handed over the Huddersfield Royal Hospital Ward 18 refurbishment/accelerated Isolation Ward.

The completed project provides 15 new en-suite bedrooms with enhanced ventilation, separated utility rooms and new staff accommodation, and gives Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust additional capacity to respond to the COVID 19 pandemic.

When IHP agreed to deliver the project the Foundation Trust only had basic ward layouts, so completing the M&E design and procuring materials to commence works on site was a significant challenge. “The response from the entire supply chain has been extremely impressive” said Marc Heaps, VINCI Senior Project Manager. “This project has truly been a team effort and the collective commitment to deliver has been exceptional”.

The project was undertaken within a rapid 80-day programme that required a 24/7 shift pattern and within four days of completion, the new ward was occupied by patients.

I just wanted to say a huge thank you for all the work you put in to making this happen in such a short space of time. Getting it ready in just 3 months is a massive achievement and it will make a huge difference to patients
Jonny Hammond, Director of Operations, Medical Division

Added 14/12/2020

NHS Nightingale North West Hospital shortlisted for “Building of the Year” Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce Award

Manchester Nightingale

Our IHP team (Joint Venture between VINCI Construction UK and Sir Robert McAlpine) is proud to see the Nightingale North West Hospital project, Manchester make it to the shortlist for the Greater Manchester Chamber Building of the Year Award 2020.

The surge hospital was built in just 13 days at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, under the ProCure22 Framework. This is a wonderful piece of collaboration and true determination of all involved including the Army, NHS England, Manchester Central, and our supply chain NG Bailey, BDP (Building Design Partnership Ltd) and Mott MacDonald.

Six buildings have been shortlisted for the 2020 Building of the Year Award and the aim of the award is to recognise a building's contribution to Greater Manchester in terms of construction and development. The following areas were considered during the selection process:

  • Design quality
  • Construction techniques
  • Sustainability credentials
  • Function and use
  • Economic benefits
  • Community benefits
  • Value for money
  • Innovation and special features

The award will be presented to the commissioning body at the Chamber Property & Construction Awards Dinner on 14th October 2021.

Added 10/12/2020

A standard platform for healthcare buildings

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VINCI Construction UK and Murphy Philipps Architects along with Perega and TB&A have collaborated to look at a Standard Platform proposal for healthcare buildings.

We have done this in response to the standardisation and MMC agenda and to work together to respond to our Client’s needs. Our proposal sets out a standard platform with standardised ProCure repeatable rooms that sit within the grid in a scalable and flexible format. As such, it builds on work developed to date and applies this to a standardised grid environment.

We have had some initial specialist supply chain engagement and the next stage of this proposal is to consider a shopping list of frame, external wall and building services components aligned with the standard grid. This will consider options to minimise the carbon footprint and maximise social value.

We believe this MMC approach makes use of deployable tested design and build options and enables evolving DfMA and digitally supported build solutions.

This initiative will be utilised by Integrated Health Projects. Please contact Alan Kondys – Health Sector Director & IHP Framework Director for further details.

Added 30/11/2020

‘Express Treatment Unit' at Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital successfully hands over

‘Express Treatment Unit' at Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital successfully hands over

Integrated Health Projects (our joint venture between VINCI Construction UK and Sir Robert McAlpine), has successfully handed over the first project at Royal Blackburn Hospital. This is the second scheme completed by the team for the East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust over the last 4 years.

The new ‘Acute Medical Unit’ provides a high-quality rapid assessment service for patients with acute medical and surgical problems. The extension will free up space within the existing hospital allowing for refurbishment of existing wards, whilst improving waiting time and reducing congestion in the A&E Department.

Comprising of 6-bed bays, two of which are high observation, front of house reception with multi-disciplinary team and staff support facilities, the unit replaces one of the two existing AMUs on site, bringing services closer to create a co-located emergency hub.

A number of logistical and technical challenges were overcome in delivering the project, including constructing two new first floor access link bridges over the mortuary access road, whilst maintaining 24/7 access for the service and relocating the emergency generator fuel tanks, whilst maintaining the readiness of the generators.

The success of the scheme has already led to Integrated Health Projects (IHP) being awarded a follow-on phase of extending and refurbishing the Hospital’s Emergency Department, which commenced on site last month.

We are delighted to have successfully handed over the new AMU which will provide excellent new facilities for patients and staff at Royal Blackburn Hospital. We are especially proud to have handed over on programme despite working through the duration of the COVID pandemic.
“The quality of the design and the works are to an extremely high standard and are a credit to the IHP team, supply chain and East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust. We look forward to continuing our excellent relationship with the Trust on future projects.
Garry Bowker, VINCI’s Regional Director
Yet again IHP have supported the Trust to provide a high class patient focused facility that will improve the experience and care of our patients. The challenges faced across the NHS and in particularly at the present time, rely on support from partners who understand those challenges and who will work to minimise disruption and solve problems. At all times the team delivered on their promises and exceeded the Trusts expectation to ensure the project was not impacted by COVID-19.
“The AMU staff can’t wait to welcome the first patients to their new unit, everyone who has visited has been incredibly impressed with the facilities and environment. We look forward to working with the team now on our Emergency Department and Ward upgrade programmes. Thanks to everyone involved.
Clare Boyd, ELHT Project Manager

Added 17/11/2020

Sir Robert McAlpine’s Strong Foundations Community Grant Awardees Announced

Digifest 2020

Pre COVID Sir Robert McAlpine started on a journey of local giving in the Manchester area with social enterprise Semble and are delighted to introduce our awardees.

Back in February, following the launch of our Strong Foundations Grant, we saw nearly 100 community groups in Manchester and Salford apply for our community grant. With so many high-quality applications, competition was tough.

A panel of judges including Sir Robert McAlpine’s Contract Manager Paul Quinn and Director of People & Infrastructure, Karen Brookes scored the nominations against a set of criteria including whether the project increases community cohesion as well as boosting wellbeing.

Sir Robert McAlpine are delighted to announce our awardees and wish them every success with their projects.

Sir Robert McAlpine would also like to thank all those that made an application and we look forward to seeing the progress of our Strong Foundations Grant projects.

Over the coming weeks, the team will be sharing more information over on our Instagram and Twitter pages so please make sure you’re following us!

Added 09/11/2020

VINCI Construction UK wins BCIA award for Community Engagement Initiative of the Year

2020 BCIA Winner

VINCI Construction UK are delighted to have won a British Construction Industry Award (BCIA) for Community Engagement Initiative of the Year for our amazing work with the Fallowfield community during the Unsworth Park Campus project.

Unsworth Park was a major development, not only for Manchester University, but also for the Fallowfield community. Our team sought to not only deliver a 1,200-student accommodation project but leave a lasting legacy within the community by working to support the fight against social exclusion in the employment market, promote healthy lifestyles and address wellbeing of local citizens.

The determination of project manager, Peter Dodd and his team engaged directly with the University and City Council to create a social value plan, which specifically focused upon tackling key issues facing Fallowfield.

By introducing a range of activities which included embedding social value in procured work packages, partnering with the University’s employment charity and engaging with an initiative to help children across Manchester learn important skills that would be beneficial in the workplace later in life, our team was able to contribute in developing sustainable local employment, whilst fighting exclusion.

Promoting Healthy Living

Our team supported ‘Incredible Edible’: which helps local‐residents grow their own vegetables to encourage healthy living and wellness.

Through ‘Dirt Factory’, a pop‐up venture, aimed at promoting cycling and physical activity in a fun way to riders of all ages, VINCI also supported the initiative which has developed an innovative approach to engaging with local communities. The initiative has also helped riders become more confident and more active on their bikes in a safer environment, providing youngsters with opportunities learn to ride through collaborating with local schools from the most deprived areas of Manchester.

Supporting Wellbeing

Offering a helping hand by repairing a sensory garden for local Dementia Home ‘Monet Lodge’, has provided much needed assistance in supporting local groups.

Fallowfield’s ‘Secret Garden’ also is a place where the local community can learn to grow their own produce such as food, herbs, flowers, fruit and veg. The space is used to promote sustainable living and providing a safe-haven for the local people to feel included in their local community. VINCI donated £5k worth of tools and landscaping materials to help improve the infrastructure of the garden and help the initiative thrive.”


VINCI’s Unsworth Park team have opened the minds of other delivery teams and provided a stimulus in realising the benefit and importance Social Value activities can have on the local communities we serve. Through a diverse range of activities which have been undertaken in a relatively short timescale there was completion of 1,131 apprentice weeks, 23 community engagement activities and 34 work placements. A pro‐active ‘source‐local’ programme also ensured 52% of personnel on site resided locally (within the Greater Manchester Combined Authority Area).

Added 13/09/2020

Jon and Phil rise to virtual London marathon challenge


We all know that exercise is good for our mental as well as our physical health, and after the year we’ve had, for many of us keeping active has never been more important.

It always helps to work towards a goal, which is why Business Analyst Jon Low and Healthcare Framework Manager Phil Turley at Sir Robert McAlpine decided to take on the challenge of running the Virtual London Marathon on 4th October.

Jon had originally earned himself a ‘Good for Age’ spot for the physical race, which is usually held in April, and after an initial slump in motivation, found his daily run helped him remain on course both for the race, and as he navigated his way the challenges of furlough and lockdown.

Once he was back at work his early morning run set the tone for the day and helped make sure he remained on track as he worked his way through a new 18-week training plan.

Jon started his virtual race in wet and windy conditions, running a just under 5km loop nine times to complete his virtual challenge in a cracking 2:55:32, in the top 400 finishers.

Running is something that I use as personal therapy to help with my mental wellbeing. I just do it for the challenge and to help keep me sane.
Jon Low, Business Analyst

Phil made the decision to take part in the event in late August, giving him just six weeks to train for his first ever marathon. He and his four friends decided to run for two local Herefordshire charities: Herts Young Homeless and mental health charity, MIND.

Conditions for Phil and his pals were also wet and windy, the team having to change their route several times due to flooding along the River Lea.

Phil completed his run in 4:38 and is keen to take part in a mass participation event in the future.

You can still show your support for Phil by visiting: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Team/TemplewoodRunners

I love organised mass participation events, especially in London - running through the city streets with the crowds lining the routes certainly gives you a lift and a buzz. The virtual marathon was different, in what are challenging times, so I suppose that made it special in itself.
Phil Turley, Healthcare Framework Manager

Added 14/10/2020

VINCI Construction UK and VINCI UK Foundation helps support Safety Net

Safety Net

Safety Net is a children’s safety charity based in Brighton and working across the South East. They provide training, consultancy and resources nationally to those working with children and young people. The charity has over 20 years of experience delivering projects to support children, young people and their families to feel and be safer at home, school and in their neighbourhoods.

The VINCI UK Foundation, along with VINCI Construction UK’s Charlotte Walsh, Senior Quantity Surveyor, who is their sponsor, have recently supported the charity with a £5k donation to help continue their important work across Brighton and Hove.

Added 10/10/2020

VINCI UK Foundation has awarded grants to ten VINCI Construction UK Charities

European Healthcare Design

Ten grants have been awarded to VINCI Construction UK charities from across the country in this year's edition of the scheme as a way of giving back to the communities we live and work in.

The much-needed funding, totalling £51,530 will support most vulnerable members of the local communities, including children, young people, people with disabilities and medical conditions in areas such as 'Promoting access to employment', 'Integration through housing', 'Inclusive mobility' and 'Building better communities in underprivileged neighbourhoods'.

The successful organisations have been supported by one or more VINCI Construction UK employees ("Sponsors") who are providing their time and professional skills to the chosen charity.

Added 13/09/2020

IHP to present at the European Healthcare Design 2020 Congress

European Healthcare Design

The 6th European Healthcare Design 2020 Congress is coming up on-line and IHP are featuring strongly at this significant international healthcare event. IHP are again proudly sponsoring the EHD2020 Awards Presentations that are sessions 43 to 47 on Thursday 17th September.

On the Main stage of the event there is a COVID-19 Global Summit also on Thursday 17th September.

IHP have been selected to present, along with papers from` Sweden, Switzerland and Germany on the pandemic and field hospital response.

You can join Alan Kondys, IHP Framework Director, Garry Bowker, Regional Director and Caroline Mulholland, Clinical Liaison Manager in Session 35, from 11.30-13.00 to take part in our presentation on “IHP – Supporting the NHS in the COVID-19 crisis”.

Additionally, Alan Kondys will be chairing the session on Resilient design in the circular economy, with talks from the USA and Sweden. This is session 25 on Wednesday 16th September, from 14.30-15.45.

Check out the event programme.

If you are with the NHS and wish to participate in this on-line event live or dip in to the content at any time we can get you free passes. Please contact Alan Kondys at alan.kondys@vinciconstruction.co.uk and we will set this up for you.

Added 10/09/2020

Showing our support: World Suicide Prevention Day

Jack and family

Today, on World Suicide Prevention Day, and beyond, we will be sharing resources across our sites, offices and to those working remotely to raise awareness of the issues and provide support.

It’s shocking to think that two construction workers take their own life every single working day, and that stress, anxiety and depression currently accounts for a fifth of all work-related illness.

Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 50. Take a minute to watch Step Closer: A World Suicide Prevention Day Awareness Film (available below). Step Closer reminds us that we all have a role to play in working together to prevent suicide and the small things that can make a huge difference.

The Construction Industry Helpline is there to help. It supported 1,662 families in crisis and delivered £1,486,726 in emergency financial aid last year. Help and support is also available via the NHS website.

We all have a role in suicide prevention.

Added 07/09/2020

Sir Robert McAlpine are #BackingJack on Duchenne Awareness Day

Jack and family

We are supporting today’s World Duchenne Awareness Day. We talked to Sir Robert McAlpine’s Richard Binns who has been busy fundraising for Duchenne UK with his #BackingJack campaign.

Last year, Richard’s son Jack was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), a condition which affects an estimated 300,000 people worldwide. The disease mainly affects boys, with sufferers typically left wheelchair bound by their teens and with a reduced life expectancy of between 20 to 30 years.

Richard was due to take part in this year’s 24 hour Duchenne Dash charity cycle from London to Paris with his brother-in-law Jonathon on June 12th & 13th. Sadly, the event, which raises funds for Duchenne UK, had to be cancelled because of the pandemic.

Undeterred, Richard carried on with his fundraising, taking to the country roads around his home in Cheshire to cover 300km during May. He also managed to complete a further 160km on the 13th June, the day he and Jonathon would have arrived in Paris!

With amazing support along the way and generosity from friends, family, colleagues and his local community, Richard has managed to raise over £12,000, that’s 76% of his fundraising target for this year!

Added 17/08/2020

Build Back Better for Health Projects

Manchester Nightingale

The Covid-19 crisis has brought forward long-term change for everyone. The unexpected challenges of the pandemic have not only broken down barriers but have also been the catalyst to new ways of working and innovative ideas.

IHP (Integrated Health Projects), the joint venture between VINCI Construction UK and Sir Robert McAlpine, who delivered the NHS Nightingale Hospital North West in under two weeks and accelerated Preston’s Critical Care Unit programme by seven weeks along with building a brand new intensive care unit at The Christie in under five, demonstrates that the built environment can be provided with staggering flexibility, collaboration and pace.

It was a humbling experience for those teams working in the difficult conditions imposed by social distancing measures. They came together for a common purpose, beyond commercial profit, and delivered results, to the same demanding high standards of quality and safety, in a time frame that would have been unconceivable only a few months before.

These achievements show how quickly decisions can be made when everyone is working intently towards a shared goal. We must apply the lessons learnt to ensure future projects are delivered collaboratively and efficiently for our clients.

The “Build Back Better” ambition for the post Covid-19 recovery offers an empowering perspective on this change. For IHP, it now also means addressing the global challenges of the climate emergency and delivering future proof facilities that will benefit generations for years to come. This translates into a stringent focus on net zero carbon and digitally enhanced healthcare services.

Added 14/08/2020

Integrated Health Projects – 11 years at IHP

by Alan Kondys, Framework Director

Alan Kondys

It dawned on me the other day that I have now been the IHP Framework Director for 11 years and I have reflected on the evolution of IHP and our role in the ProCure Frameworks over that period.

I took up the role towards the end of P21 and we were working on a series of Framework schemes across the country ranging from £500k to £65m in value covering acute and community hospitals and mental health facilities. We were at the same time delivering innovative solutions that were increasing efficiency and improving healthcare outcomes. At Broadgreen Hospital in Liverpool, we pioneered the barn theatre concept that provided increased productivity and reduced post-operative infection rates. We shared this approach with other NHS Trusts and we went on to deliver barn theatres at Wrightington Hospital and Chase Farm Hospital.

Then came our successful bid and appointment onto P21+. I recall that P21+ delivered a step change in the level and nature of collaboration between the Principle Supply Chain Partners (PSCP). Together we rose to the challenge of responding to the efficiency agenda reflected in the Government Construction Strategy and the Naylor Report. IHP played a significant part in this and I introduced the concept of repeatable rooms that we had developed within the private healthcare sector. I recall sharing a platform with Peter Hansford (Government Construction Advisor) and presenting this initiative to an audience of NHS Trusts and health sector designers. We got remarkable feedback with 85% of those attending saying they would welcome and utilise this form of standardisation. IHP picked up on this mandate and formed part of the P21+ working group that researched, designed and tested these evidence based repeatable rooms. We have gone on to utilise this repeatable room concept on most of our Projects including on the award winning Chase Farm Hospital, the largest project delivered under P21+.

Next was of course P22 and IHP were selected for this third iteration of the ProCure Framework. The exemplar level of PSCP collaboration continued and I co-sponsor the P22 Efficiency & Productivity Programme – Design Working Group. This group has responded to the NHSE/I agenda and developed a suite of Project Assurance Tools to provide certainty and clarity in the setting and monitoring of project objectives, briefs and designs. IHP have also participated in the MMC journey. I sponsor the P22 MMC working group that is engaged with the Infrastructure Projects Authority, New for Old and on standardisation for the HIP hospitals.

IHP has been selected to work within the Construction Innovation Hub on the Platform Construction System project for public sector buildings. We have of course continued to deliver a broad range of projects including the first social care facility delivered under the Framework. Our team have been rewarded for this commitment and dedication and we have the highest cumulative value of registered P22 projects.

Bringing us right up to date we have delivered a series of COVID -19 emergency projects. This includes our team’s remarkable achievement in completing the 750 bed Manchester Nightingale Hospital in just 13 days. We also delivered 130-beds at Preston (Sir Tom Finney Sports Hall UCLAN) for Lancashire and Cumbria NHS Trust via P22 and Rainbow surge centres at Bangor (223 beds) and Deeside (419 beds) under the NHS Building for Wales framework.

Together that’s over 1500 beds in less than a month! This has been an incredible performance by the IHP team. We were asked to assist the NHS in this national emergency and I cannot overstate how proud I am that IHP have delivered.

Added 26/06/2020

Integrated Health Projects – Supporting the NHS COVID-19 Response

by Alan Kondys, Framework Director

Alan Kondys

As Integrated Health Projects (IHP) Framework Director I am immensely proud of the contribution we have made to NHS efforts to respond to the COVID-19 emergency.

We were asked by ProCure22 (P22) and the NHS to deliver the Nightingale NW Hospital in the Manchester Central conference centre providing 750-beds. We delivered this in just 13 days and with only 48 hrs notice. Also, under P22 we delivered the 132-bed Preston UCLan temporary hospital in under 2-weeks.

Alongside the delivery of these facilities, IHP worked in collaboration with P22 and NHSE/I in the COVID-19 PMO team on the national Nightingale Hospital programme co-ordinating designs, resource availability and best practice.

In Wales, we delivered Rainbow hospitals at Bangor and Deeside that together provided 653-beds in a 20 day period.

Taken together IHP have delivered an incredible 1,535 beds over a 1-month period!

Whilst doing this we carried on with our day job delivering additional critical care facilities on existing schemes and continuing or accelerating work on projects identified as critical in the COVID-19 emergency.

I believe our ability to respond and deliver in this way is a testament to IHP’s stability, capacity and capability. This capability and expertise is embedded in our people and their dedication. IHP have over 500 members of staff with hands on experience of delivering healthcare facilities from concept, through design, delivery and aftercare.

Added 16/06/2020

Tiny Lives Matter

Vinci Foundation

VINCI Construction UK’s Newcastle RVI Multi-Storey Car Park team have been helping the Tiny Lives charity with their fundraising plans.

Every year Tiny Lives supports over 750 babies, their parents and their families as they begin a tough, emotional journey on Ward 35; the RVl's Neonatal Unit. These babies, some born as early as 23 weeks, require expert round-the-clock care to survive, grow and thrive.

The team have helped raise funds by hosting a Christmas jumper day and also helped with raffles and bake sales, donating £220. The funds will go towards buying Cuski® Miniboo bonding aids and help parents and babies to bond even when they're apart from each other. The team have also donated a site car parking space for parents attending bereavement meetings and will continue to do so until project completion.

Added 16/06/2020

VINCI UK Foundation

Vinci Foundation

VINCI recently announced that an extraordinary €10m of funds is being made available to help charities in the fight against COVID-19.

Following confirmation that €400k of these funds have been allocated to the VINCI UK Foundation, we would like to thank everyone for their help in identifying local charities that could benefit from them.

We have had an extraodinary response with 172 project requests coming in from across the UK, and in the region of £1.8 million being requested in funding.

Added 10/06/2020

Preston Critical Care Unit completes

Preston Critical Care Unit completes

Due to the COVID-19 crisis IHP were asked by Lancashire Teaching Hospitals to accelerate the delivery of Phases 1 & 2 of Preston's Critical Care Unit. The team immediately implemented a 24/7 three shift work pattern in order to reduce the programme duration by seven weeks.

We took possession of a dilapidated part of the estate, extended and converted it into some new world class critical care beds in a fully modern healthcare environment. The works were accelerated to bring these beds on line earlier which the contractor IHP lead by Adam Watts achieved by working 24/7 for the past two months, an incredible achievement.
Jack Street, NHS Capital Project Manager

The Critical Care Unit comprises of a new build extension and refurbishment of the existing single-storey building.

The IHP team at all times acted in a respectful and professional manner whilst working in close proximity to the existing critical care unit, theatres, MRI and surrounding wards. Nothing that we requested was too much trouble. Construction activities were planned ahead on a weekly basis and if a particular item of work was causing too much of a disturbance it was stopped immediately. We would like to extend our thanks to IHP, the clinical teams are absolutely thrilled with our new unit.
Jo Agnew, Critical Care Business Manager at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

The new unit includes 34-beds with increased natural light and enhanced patient facilities, with a focus on rehabilitation. Facilities for visitors include a kitchen and lockers with the staff facilities also being upgraded with a brand-new clinical skills room and a quiet space to encourage mindfulness in the workplace.

After 11 weeks of acceleration measures, IHP successfully handed over Phase 1 & 2 on time. This has been a tough project with a very challenging client. What stands out most of all, is that the team has all worked together throughout these difficult circumstances to create a positive 'can do' working environment where nothing was too much to ask. I want to give thanks to each member of the team for their determination, co-operation and commitment.
Adam Watts, VINCI Construction UK and IHP's Senior Construction Manager

Well done to all involved. The team are now looking forward to the next phase of the project!

Preston Critical Care Unit completes

Added 08/06/2020

How to build an emergency hospital in two weeks

Manchester Nightingale
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A piece on “How to build an emergency hospital in two weeks” which highlights the incredible work our team delivered in building the NHS Nightingale Hospital North West in Manchester has been published in the June 2020 Heath Estate Journal (www.healthestatejournal.com), the monthly magazine of the Institute of Healthcare Engineering and Estate Management (www.iheem.org.uk). This is a wonderful piece of collaboration and true determination of all involved including the Army, NHS, Manchester Central and our IHP partner Sir Robert McAlpine and supply chain @NG Bailey @BDP @Mott MacDonald.

Added 04/06/2020

Preston UCLAN – Nightingale Ward

Preston Nightingale

Integrated Health Projects (the JV between VINCI Construction UK and Sir Robert McApline) has now handed over a brand new NHS facility.

Located within the University of Central Lancashire campus and described as a ‘mini-Nightingale’ the facility can house up to 130 step up/step down/step across patient beds to help in the fight against COVID-19 and assist in the demands being placed upon the regional hospitals.

Our ability to mobilise at speed was essential with the design developed as a team (including representatives from NHS, IHP, IES and Gilling Dod Architects). The installation presented the team with a number of complex challenges with the dedication of the whole site team who worked tirelessly over a 14-day period ensuring it was successfully handed over on time. A high level of collaboration and true team working was absolutely essential to the success of this very special fast track scheme.

Added 22/04/2020

Mental Health Week 2020 poster

18–24 May is Mental Health Awareness Week, and the theme this year is kindness.

There has never been a more important time to prioritise kindness and compassion for ourselves and for those we love, care-for and work with. Mental health problems can affect anyone at any time, so this is a great opportunity to boost our own mental health and that of our friends and colleagues.


Added 17/04/2020

NHS Nightingale Hospital North West finished within two weeks

Integrated Health Projects (IHP) and its partners are proud to have been instrumental in the creation of the NHS Nightingale Hospital North West at the Manchester Central Convention Complex that opened officially today (Friday, 2pm, 17 April).

It has been incredibly humbling to see all the hard work that has gone into building a hospital out of nothing and in such a short period of time. No matter what your role has been, without you, this wouldn’t have been possible. Teams have worked day and night, in a challenging environment to achieve this and you should be very proud of your contribution.

This hospital will play a crucial role in caring for Covid-19 patients and supporting hospitals across the region. By providing care for patients who no longer need to be in a critical care environment we will be helping to make sure the highest-level critical care beds are available for those patients who need them. This hospital will help save lives. On behalf of the NHS, the patients this hospital will care for and their families I want to say thank you.
Professor Michael McCourt, Chief Executive of the Nightingale

Delivered by IHP, the joint venture between VINCI Construction UK and Sir Robert McAlpine under the ProCure 22 Framework and working alongside NHS staff, the Army, Mott MacDonald, BDP and NG Bailey, up to 1,000 people have worked 24-hours a day to complete the 750-bed hospital from scratch in a grade-2 listed building in less than two weeks.

It is equipped to receive up to 750 coronavirus patients from across the region who do not need intensive care but still require treatment. The hospital has been functioning since 13 April. This releases crucial critical care beds in existing hospitals.

The project has been an excellent example of collaboration across all construction disciplines, local government, the military and the NHS. IHP were asked to proceed on Saturday, 28 March and within 12 hours our team was up and running in liaison with the NHS and the Army and the facility was handed over 13 days after construction began. The 14,500m² of flooring could cover Wembley twice over; there is 104km of data cable that is the same distance as a return journey from Manchester to Liverpool; there is 45km of power cable and the 3,400m of partitioning is 17 times the height of the local Deansgate Square tower.

It will be staffed by consultants, junior doctors, nurses, healthcare support workers, physiotherapists, pharmacists, occupational therapists, social workers, and a huge range of non-clinical support workers and administrators.

The commendation from Professor Michael McCourt sums up the enormous effort made by everyone across the project. The teamwork between contractors, the NHS staff and the army has been superb, and the project is an excellent demonstration of the partnership and commitment within the IHP team and our suppliers. Everyone has done a great job and on behalf of IHP I want to thank everyone involved particularly colleagues in VINCI Construction, Sir Robert McAlpine, Mott MacDonald, BDP and NG Bailey.
John Roberts, of IHP and Regional Managing Director of VINCI Construction UK

Added 07/04/2020

Manchester NHS Nightingale Hospital takes shape

Manchester Central Convention Complex is being converted into a temporary hospital for COVID-19 patients.

The seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic is putting pressure on the NHS, their clinicians and key staff. IHP had no hesitation in responding to the call to deliver the Manchester NHS Nightingale Hospital and we are working collaboratively in ProCure22 to support this initiative nationwide.
Alan Kondys, Framework Lead at Integrated Health Projects

The temporary hospital, which covers 17,000 m2, will be officially known as “NHS Nightingale Hospital North West” and is being delivered by Integrated Health Projects – the joint venture between VINCI Construction UK and Sir Robert McAlpine under the Department of Health’s ProCure22 framework.

The project has been specifically commissioned to help deal with the increased pressures on the NHS and their capacity to look after patients. Our IHP team are on site and work is well underway.

VINCI Construction UK and Sir Robert McAlpine are major providers of support services to the NHS and its people are working hard to support the NHS, its clinical teams and other keyworkers during the COVID-19 crisis.

Added 19/02/2020

NHS Trust Client Praises “Fantastic Refurbishment” at Official Opening

Invited guests, healthcare and construction professionals gathered at Witham Court in North Hykeham to celebrate the opening of the newly refurbished and extended Brant Ward.

The redevelopment of the facility, which provides specialist mental health support and inpatient care for older adults, has been delivered by Integrated Health Projects for Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LPFT).

The upgraded and refreshed facilities now provide service users with modern individual en-suite rooms, improving privacy and comfort and delivering a vast improvement on the dated, dormitory-style accommodation that the facility previously housed.

Our previous ward environment was no longer fit for purpose, dormitory style and did nothing to enhance privacy and dignity for our patients. This fantastic refurbishment will really improve the experience for our patients.
Brendan Hayes, LPFT Chief Executive

IHP's Phil Worsnip, construction manager for the scheme, said: "I'm delighted our team was selected to deliver these new facilities which will support the important healthcare provision the Brant Ward team delivers to its service-users. It's been a challenging and very rewarding project.

"As the ward was fully operational throughout the build programme, our work required the utmost attention and careful planning of construction activities. The rapport we've built with the management and staff at Witham Court and the Trust has been invaluable in ensuring smooth progress of the project and delivery of the improved, secure, comfortable facilities to the highest quality standard. We hope the staff and service users of the ward continue to reap the benefits of the new, improved environment, for years to come."

Added 17/02/2020

The Christie, Manchester

Preparations are well underway for the new Cancer Research facility at the Christie, Manchester. IHP has been busy with the secant pile wall ahead of the rig, which will be arriving soon.

Added 15/02/2020

Students take over at Preston Critical Care Unit

The VINCI Building North West delivery team are not only busy delivering the new Critical Care Unit at Preston but are also playing a key role in turning today’s students into tomorrow’s electricians, plumbers, bricklayers and engineers!

Thank you so much for today, it was a brilliant site visit and thank you for everyone's time. It's been wonderful getting students off site and onto a real working site.
Steve Jones, Industry Placement Officer at Preston College

Through weekly visits, the team are giving Preston College students first-hand experience in the real-life world and away from the four walls of a classroom. The initiative also aims to match students with skilled professions in trades they have a preference to working in.

Well done to VINCI Construction UK's IHP team at Preston CrCU for providing students with the invaluable experience and opportunity of being on a live site.

Added 13/02/2020

SOMAD Day in Rowntree Park

6 members of VINCI's York-based Guildhall project team put their construction skills to work on a slightly unusual building project during a SOMAD day at Rowntree Park in the city. The VINCI volunteers lent their support to client City of York Council by building a row of compost bays for the park's tennis club, so that leaves fallen from the many mature trees around the park, and swept up by club members, now have a place to be stored and converted to useful compost. Volunteer group Friends of Rowntree Park will use the resulting mulch, stored in the bays, to nourish the gardens and flowerbeds around the park.

Council representatives were delighted with the support they received, and for the new facility that the VINCI team has provided. Councillor Darryl Smalley, Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Communities said, "It's wonderful to see businesses working with the local community to meet the needs of residents. The compost bays look great and will help our communities to operate sustainably and protect our parks and nature environments."

VINCI's Rob Henderson, who is managing the Guildhall redevelopment and was one of the volunteers who helped build the new composters, said: "Not only was this a great way to get involved in a local community project but it was a fantastic opportunity for some team building. We had a great time away from our normal activities and the feeling of wellbeing in what we've been able to provide for the Friends of Rowntree Park is fantastic."

Added 13/01/2020

Preston Hospital critical care unit launch success

A launch event to mark the first two phases of the expansion and refurbishment of the Critical Care Unit at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust took place on Wednesday 27 November.

The new unit will comprise of 34 beds and will feature increased natural light and enhanced patient facilities, with a focus on rehabilitation. Facilities for visitors will include a kitchen, lockers and a room for freshening up. Staff facilities are also being upgraded, with a brand-new clinical skills room and a quiet space to encourage mindfulness in the workplace.

We are delighted that we have been able to improve upon our previous facilities with our brand-new Critical Care Unit. The team are working extremely hard to make this project happen - one that is vital to the continuous improvement of our patient care. We are confident that this investment will improve both patient experience and the facilities for such a dedicated team.
Karen Partington, Chief Executive at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals

Ed Denison Davies, Consultant at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals leading the project, said: "Our existing facilities needed extensive refurbishment, so the opportunity to expand and improve our unit was welcomed by the whole team. The changes we are making to both patient and staff facilities will ensure our team has everything they need to provide patient care of the highest possible quality."

Adam Watts, Project Manager said: "IHP are delighted to be working in partnership with Lancashire Teaching Hospitals on this vitally important scheme. This new purpose-built, 34-bed Critical Care Unit will provide high quality facilities that will serve patients, relatives and members of staff. All efforts over the coming months are centred around project delivery, collaboration and consistently striving for excellence."

Added 13/01/2020

Chase Farm Hospital picks up estates and facilities award

The team who worked on the redevelopment of Chase Farm Hospital picked up the Estates and Facilities Team of the Year gong at this year's IHEEM Annual Awards.

"This award is made to a team working in the healthcare sector who can demonstrate outstanding achievement, performance and delivery of estates and facilities services."

Added 13/01/2020

Winners in building Better Healthcare Awards

The winners of the 2019 Building Better Healthcare Awards were announced at a ceremony in central London on Wednesday 30 October.

IHP’s Chase Farm Hospital redevelopment scheme picked up the prestigious 2019 Award for Estates and Facilities Team of the Year and Award for Interior Building Product.

Award for Estates and Facilities Team of the Year

We are extremely proud to be part of the successful team that has delivered this high quality, flexible and sustainable facility that has immediately delivered benefits to patients, staff and the community.

The new Chase Farm Hospital is a credit to everyone involved. The facilities are of a really high standard and it looks clean and modern. I wasn’t expecting to have my own room, a TV and good food!

When the Royal Free London NHSFT (RFL) acquired Chase Farm Hospital (CFH) in 2014, an immediate priority was to address the extremely poor quality of the estate, which was affecting both patient care and financial sustainability. Typically, schemes like this take over 10 years deliver.

RFL appointed IHP early in the process and we designed and delivered this 23,000 sqm - £130m state of the art new hospital on budget in 48 months whilst ensuring the old hospital remained operational throughout.

You are able to provide state of the art care in the most modern facilities in the NHS. Since you opened back in September we’ve heard from more than 300 patients. People are so proud of this being their new Chase Farm Hospital
Patricia Mecinska, Chief Executive of Healthwatch Enfield

Chase Farm Hospital’s redevelopment was achieved at an unprecedented speed for a scheme this complex and large within the NHS. It demonstrates what is possible with strong leadership and clear direction, true collaborative working across disciplines and more objective approaches to risk management.

Moving quickly was essential, the site was financially unstable, infrastructure and building condition was poor and the community needed confidence that positive change would happen.

From a standing start, the scheme took just 48 months from site acquisition by the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust to completion in 2018, including:

  • Full Business Case approval from the Trust, Department of Health and Treasury
  • Full planning and outline consent for the whole site masterplan
  • Development and approval of a fully integrated design in 4 months
  • Construction and handover of 23,000m2 Acute General Hospital in 34 months
  • Sale of residual land on which initial housing units

This scheme met key Government objectives in the Naylor Report and Construction 2025, delivering a whole-site development that provides:

  • Sustainable strategy enabling the estate to support transformation in the NHS
  • Delivery of housing (including key worker), a primary and secondary school
  • Reduction in the overall time, from inception to completion for built assets (pre-construction design period reduced to 6 months)
  • Reduction in greenhouse gas emissions (carbon saving of 116 tonnes/pa)
  • Energy centre delivered via ESCo procurement model, serving hospital and housing scheme, meeting Trust and Local Authority energy and carbon reduction targets

Successful project delivery was achieved by:

  • A clear vision and clinical strategy underpinning the service model
  • Strong leadership by Chief Executive and Board, ensuring rigorous programme management, clear and strict governance processes for change control
  • Clinical Project Director role ensured proposals were developed and embedded within clinical teams
  • Key stakeholders were engaged throughout business case development, employing a specialist to specifically liaise with and guide the project through the external approval process
  • Working with the local authority throughout to help planning, utilities and logistics issues
  • Using evidence based P22 Repeatable Rooms and Standard components as a starting point for design to reduce time/cost
  • Strategically managing risk with all parties, to facilitate of enabling and other works in advance of final business case and planning approvals


Excellent BREEAM rating achieved + Energy centre delivered via ESCo procurement model + 20 electric charging points installed with 20+ more in the future + PV panels + SuDs drainage system including Green Roofs, filtration beds all part of wider housing development SuDs system + Extensive planting of new trees to replace all those removed + Green Gym.

Digital Hospital

Digital audit - nurses saving up to 30 minutes a day on audits, previously done manually but now digitally via the Perfect Ward smartphone app. Nurses can view/send audits at the touch of a button.

  • Managers can quickly assess/compare standards across the hospital via their smartphone.
  • ‘Visibility’ of the patients via speech and monitoring of integrated medical devices from anywhere in the hospital
  • Virtual safety huddles – saving up to 45 minutes a day by doing them ‘virtually’ in 30 seconds via group messaging on smartphones. Shared information is recorded for reference at any time.
  • Theatre recovery throughput - saving up to 15 minutes per patient (average 30 procedures per day) in moving through recovery and back to the ward by more efficient and effective communications.
  • Bed turnaround time – up to 40 minutes per bed saved using domestic clinical workflow button which ensures staff arrive more quickly.
  • Staffing cost benefits - comparing the nurse ratios needed for single rooms with/without technology, have saved on the cost of 9.7 RNs and 11 HCAs (WTE).
  • Communication between teams - ability to contact anyone directly wherever they are and have a situational awareness of the activity in their clinical area even when they are elsewhere.

Award for Interior Building Product

The Total Laminate system is completely smooth, lacking in joints or crevices; this means cleaning and decontamination are very easy and therefore assist with infection prevention and control
Caroline Foley, Infection Control lead – Chase Farm Hospital

This award was for the Total Laminate Systems - Simplicity Healthcare range which is one of the approved P22 Standard Components.

This package on Chase Farm Hospital comprised of 500+ products including Clinical Wash Hand stations, scrub troughs, dirty and clean utilities, disabled wall panels, en-suite panels, toilet cubicles, vanity units and theatre prep areas.

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, IHP and the design team set the following objectives and requirements that this product delivered:

  • Consistent product solution across all areas
  • HBN compliant with whole life cycle value for money
  • Efficient maintenance and infection control
  • Colour pallet for departmental identification and wayfinding
  • Panel systems integral with interior design

Selection of this product demonstrates IHP’s commitment to the P22 Standard Component objectives.

Added 17/09/2019

Charity fun run at the Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals

The 38th annual Harefield Fun Run that supports The Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals Charity was hosted this month. The Trust is world renowned for treating patients with heart and lung disease.

For the last two years, VINCI Construction UK employees have volunteered to support the day and taking part in the run. This year 12 employees signed up to the team and brought their families along for the day; they got involved with packing goodie bags, organising the t-shirts and handing out medals, which were sponsored by VINCI Facilities.

Added 06/09/2019

£200k awarded to charities

VINCI UK Foundation awards local charities £200k to tackle social exclusion.

VINCI businesses across the UK and Ireland will combine the skills of staff with financial assistance to collaborate with local charities in improving social integration and cohesion.

The VINCI UK Foundation has announced grants totalling £200,010 to support 30 local charities across the UK and Republic or Ireland, which focus on improving access to training, employment, housing and healthcare for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people in society.

The grants – ranging from £3,000 to £15,000 – will go towards purchasing or upgrading transport, equipment and facilities to help the charities in their efforts to alleviate social exclusion and strengthen communities.

VINCI employees, from apprentices to senior management, will also dedicate some of their time to providing practical support to these organisations and projects.

Added 14/08/2019

Chase Farm Team disqualified in bed push event

The VINCI Construction UK IHP Chase Farm site team along with Natalie Forrest, Chase Farm CEO and her team delivered a charity "Bed Push" event to mark the finish of the project.

It was great fun and we are so grateful that you all joined in to mark the end of a fabulous project. On behalf of the patients and staff of the NHS, thank you to you all for your hard work and huge consideration while working alongside us, we shall miss you.
Natalie Forrest, CEO Chase Farm Hospital
This was one of the most bazaar ways I have ever toasted the completion of a scheme and will be lodging a stewards enquiry on the disqualification for exceeding the track limits and attempted ramming of other team beds - all jokes aside, it was a great event and we thoroughly enjoyed the day!
Michael Burgoyne, Senior Project Manager for Building London & North

Added 27/06/2019

ProCure22 at the ARCH19 Conference in Norway

Alan Kondys, IHP Framework Director, presented a key note presentation on the P22 Post Occupancy Evaluation (POE) Toolkit at the ARCH19 Conference in Norway on behalf of the P22 Framework.

ARCH19 is 4th International conference on Architecture Research Care & Health with the title ‘Building for better health, research & innovation in architecture & urban design for care and health’ and was held at St. Olav's University Hospital – Trondheim.

The conference offers insight into gained knowledge and research projects that focus on the issues of care, health, architecture and urban design as fields of research. ARCH19 therefore connects research and innovation to promote collaborative innovation processes in architecture and urban design for care and health.

In this context, Alan set out how the NHS are already benefiting from the P22 Pre and Post Occupancy Evaluation Toolkit. A first of its kind, Pro-active Tool used before, during and after development, to inform design, set targets and assess benefits realised.

Adopted across all P22 schemes, it captures all development outcomes from energy and carbon reduction to clinical service outcomes measures, staff satisfaction and patient experience.

Added 26/06/2019

Finalist in BCIA Award

Integrated Health Projects (as part of the P22 team) have been shortlisted for a BCIA Award under the Partnership Initiative of the Year category - ProCure22 Efficiency + Productivity Programme: Pre and Post Occupancy Evaluation Toolkit


Winners will be announced on 9 October - best of luck to all the entrants!

Added 19/06/2019

HRH The Duke of York opens Chase Farm Hospital

The Duke of York opened the new Chase Farm Hospital (CFH) on 23 May and has, since 1998, been Patron of the Royal Free London, which runs CFH. The hospital is one of the most digitally advanced hospitals in the country and opened to patients last year.

The redevelopment of the 23,000 sqm Chase Farm Hospital has been delivered by IHP at an unprecedented speed for a project of its size and complexity. The new hospital will be at the forefront of pioneering new ways of working to deliver better, safer and more efficient care to patients through new and innovative technology.

During the visit HRH buried a new time capsule in the grounds of Chase Farm Hospital – after a time capsule from 1884 was unearthed at Chase Farm Hospital in March. The new time capsule contains a copy of the staff magazine, Freepress, a booklet about the opening of CFH, photos of the old-time capsule and messages from staff.

Added 08/03/2019

Hong Kong and P22

Mr S H Lam (left) and Alan Kondys (centre).

On the 27th February, the DHSC Construction Procurement Team met with a 10 strong delegation from the Development Bureau and Stakeholders of Hong Kong Govt led by Mr S H Lam the Permanent Secretary for Development (Works).

The meeting covered P22 and Modular Buildings and Design for Manufacture and Assembly in Healthcare Buildings and how this could assist in the £50bn long term healthcare building programme in Hong kong.

The 3 person DHSC/P22 team included Alan Kondys (IHP Lead) and presented work done under the Framework and initiatives on standardisation and modern methods of construction in UK healthcare. The presentation included IHP achievements at Chase Farm Hospital for Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust.

This focused on:

  • The efficient briefing and design process that provided a greatly reduced pre-construction period meeting one of the key objectives of the Government Construct Strategy
  • The adoption of repeatable room designs and standard components
  • The use of modern methods of construction and building, services and IT systems in the facility

The delegation found the meeting and hospital visit very informative, impressive and inspiring; and the NEC framework contract for ProCure22 an effective procurement strategy which facilitates early contractor involvement for implementation of major infrastructure programme.
Mr S H Lam, Development Bureau and Stakeholders of Hong Kong Government

Added 08/03/2019


(l-r) Richard Parker, Trust CEO and Keith Shivers, VCUK Regional Director.

A project to build a new computed tomography (CT) scanner suite at Doncaster Royal Infirmary has begun, as representatives from IHP - VINCI joined guests from Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and Doncaster Cancer Detection Trust at a ceremonial ground-breaking event.

The £4.9m new facility, being delivered by IHP under the ProCure21+ Framework, has been funded by the Department of Health and Social Care. Local healthcare charity Doncaster Cancer Detection Trust has also raised a further £500,000 to purchase a second CT scanner that will also be housed in the new suite. Using x-rays to create detailed images of inside patients' bodies, the new scanners will be used to guide medical tests and treatments and will be invaluable in diagnosing and monitoring conditions like cancer.

The new scanner suite is located in a fully enclosed area in the middle of a building in the middle of a live hospital environment. IHP is working in closely with stakeholders to deliver this challenging project whilst ensuring no disruption to hospital activities. Watch this space for the outcome!

Explaining how important the new CT facility will be to the Doncaster community, Mr Sewa Singh, Medical Director at DBTH NHS Trust, said: "In the past five years, we have seen local demand for our current CT machine increase by 70%, with almost 25,000 scans undertaken in the last financial year. Once complete, the new facility will house two CT scanners, linked by a common control room, increasing the number of scans we can undertake to 36,000 a year, removing the need for a mobile CT scanner, which is currently in use."

Speaking at the ceremony, Keith Shivers, North East Regional Director said: "We're delighted to be able to get this important project underway today. My team and I are looking forward to seeing the benefits this state-of-the-art facility will bring to the people of Doncaster and surrounding region once it's complete."

The project to build the new CT suite began on Friday 15 February and will take around 54 weeks to complete, with opening of the facility planned for March 2020.

The benefit the new CT suite and scanner will have for patients is tremendous with an estimated 51% increased capacity for scans. This will go a long way in diagnosing cancer, as well as its use in urgent and emergency patients.
Dame Rosie Winterton, MP for Doncaster Central, and patron of the Doncaster Cancer Detection Trust

Added 23/08/2018


VINCI Construction Building as part of IHP are delighted to have been shortlisted in the category of Property and Construction, which applauds outstanding achievements to businesses that have invested in lifesaving equipment and that complements their first aid procedures by having a defibrillator on site.

To incentivise VINCI to buy Automated External Defibrillator's (AED) in bulk, our supplier offers a free AED with every 20 purchased. We then donate the free AED to a worthy cause, which is selected by asking staff to nominate a worthy cause via our Building newsletter. Last year, the free AED was donated to Castleford Sea Cadets who are active in the community and have been building strong relationships with Armed Forces Charities and Veterans groups.

We also donated a defibrillator to a charity that helps children with learning difficulties. Charlotte Donald campaigned to give the defibrillator to Jubilee House – a charity that looks after her niece who has Sanfillipo disease.

To date, Building Division have invested £40,000 on AED's.

Having these important AED's located at all of our offices and sites gives us the ability to respond to any potential heart problem that may occur prior to Emergency services reaching site. All staff (including sub-contractors and visitors) are made aware of where the AED is located through the site induction process.

We also raise awareness to the general public that we keep AED's on our sites by placing posters on site fences/hoardings on various projects, depending on locations, in case they may need to use them in any given emergency.

Added 23/08/2018


At the end of July the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust took ownership of the new Chase Farm Hospital from Integrated Health Projects (IHP).

The move marks a landmark moment in the redevelopment of the new hospital with the final preparations now taking place ahead of the first patients being treated from the middle of August.

The redevelopment of Chase Farm Hospital has been achieved at an unprecedented speed for a project of its size and complexity in the NHS. From a standing start, the scheme has taken just four years from the acquisition of the Chase Farm site by the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust to completion in July 2018.

The new hospital will be at the forefront of pioneering new ways of working to deliver better, safer and more efficient care to patients through new and innovative technology. From self-check in kiosks to technology that will streamline patients' visits to the hospital, these new innovations will place the new hospital as the most digitally advanced in the NHS.

At the formal handover Natalie Forrest, chief executive of Chase Farm Hospital, inspected the new building and thanked those who had been involved in the hospital's construction.

We can't wait for our patients and staff to start using the new hospital; it will be completely different to anything they have experienced before. I want to thank the patients, local residents and our staff for their patience and cooperation during the redevelopment, the new hospital wouldn't have been possible without them.
Natalie Forrest, Chief Executive of Chase Farm Hospital

Work is now taking place around the clock to take deliveries of all the equipment that will be needed – from syringes and gauzes to the latest medical devices that will be ready to connect to new electronic patient records.

These preparations will continue for the next few weeks before the first departments and clinics are scheduled to open from the middle of August. The new hospital is due to be fully open from the middle of September.

To support patients visiting the hospital during this time, volunteers will be on site to guide them to their clinics.

Work will continue into next year to develop the surrounding area to include family homes, apartments, a new school and a new road that will bring patients to the front of the hospital.

This project has been challenging for both parties, however ,I believe that we have worked well with the Trust and delivered their new hospital within a very tight progamme starting from a blank sheet of paper in January 2015. I would like to congratulate everyone involved in the project for their hard work in producing a fantastic facility for the Trust.
Phil Wilmott, IHP Major Projects Director

Added 21/06/2018


Integrated Health Projects (IHP) is extremely proud that the new NGS Macmillan Unit at Chesterfield Royal Hospital was awarded the prestigious RIBA East Midlands Building of the Year at the recent 2018 awards ceremony. The project also won Project Architect of the Year 2018 for the Manser Practice and the Trust secured the East Midlands Client of the Year 2018 award.

The external elevations of the building are constructed of white Corian Cladding which the judges commented 'Creates a building of great elegance and reinforces the sense of quality. The contrast of the white Corian panels with the carefully selected planting scheme is a truly uplifting place to be, for patients, visitors and staff alike. The project team have steered this building at every turn through a process of careful reflection to ensure the best possible outcomes for patient experience and well-being'.

Our team are immensely proud that their hard work and dedication in constructing this very difficult building has been rewarded by this prestigious award and we are equally proud that our efforts for the Client, and particularly for the patients and users of the building have been recognised. We are delighted to be associated with a facility which creates a welcoming environment for the patient journey during the treatment cycle.
Keith Shivers, IHP/VINCI Regional Director

Added 21/06/2018


In support of the M6 J2-4 Projects' chosen charity, The Midlands Air Ambulance, two members of the team offered themselves up as willing victims to take part in a charity abseil event off the rooftop of the Hampton by Hilton Hotel in Birmingham – just a mere 240-foot descent!

The Midlands Air Ambulance Charity funds three helicopters serving West Midlands, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Gloucestershire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Welsh borders. Funded entirely by the public, it receives no Government or Lottery funding and £9 million is needed each year to keep it operational, therefore fundraising is vital.

Mike Ward (BBV Commercial Manager) and Becky Thomas (BBV Accounts Clerk) had their names drawn out of an envelope after there were several volunteers keen to take up the challenge.

Mike and Becky completed the challenge on Saturday 19th May with the current fundraising total at £405, so our thanks go to those that have donated but if you would like to support the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity there is still time to donate using the following link:

Michael Ward is fundraising for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity

Both Mike and Becky commented on how much they enjoyed the experience, in fact Becky enjoyed it so much that she went back up to the top to complete a 2nd descent.

Added 21/06/2018


Integrated Health Projects (IHP) have helped raise money for MedEquip4Kids to provide Wythenshawe Hospital with a new monitor for their children's ward, Starlight.

Over the years we have helped support MedEquip4Kids with various fund raisers and events such as the Annual Shimmer Ball and Golf Days.

The support for Wythenshawe hospital came after the attack on Manchester last year that helped care for so many children involved, as we have just seen the one year anniversary of the bombing, MedEquip4Kids launched a Manchester appeal to help the hospital that was so heavily involved.

On the 22 May Adrian Drinkwater, VINCI North West Business Development Manager, and MedEquip4Kid's, Ghazala Baig, visited the Starlight ward to present the new monitoring equipment which the ward was massively grateful for.

We were all so shocked by the devastating attack in the heart of our city and we just wanted to do something to help. We're very grateful to everyone who contributed to the appeal and in particular to VINCI for all their hard work raising money for this equipment, which will support the hospital to deliver excellent care to their young patients.
MedEquip4Kids Chief Executive Ghazala Baig

Added 05/03/2018


Pirates of Chase Farm Hospital nursery, treasure their new playground addition and get to pretend to walk the plank in playtime thanks to the generosity of Galldris Construction under IHP.

The contractors have been working at IHP Chase Farm Hospital and wanted to make a £500 donation to the on-site nursery. This enabled the nursery to buy a pirate galleon for the children to play on outdoors.

Nursery manager, Laura Hanna, said: "With all that money, or should I say 'pieces of eight', we decided we should get something very special that we would never be able to afford ourselves. It was a real team effort as well because the galleon came as a flat-pack and the handymen operatives of IHP, who were also working on the new IHP Chase Farm Hospital site, came in and gave it lots of coats of weatherproof paint.

"The children absolutely love it. It's right in the middle of our playground and it's a huge attraction for them. We've christened it 'The Good Ship Galldris'.

Laura said she wanted to thank the contractors of Rossbro Decorating for also taking the opportunity to give the internal doors of the nursery a new paint job as well. "We look very ship shape."

A huge thank you to all of our contractors for going the extra mile for us. Our new hospital is due to open in the autumn and we would like to pay tribute to the hard-working teams who have found the time in their hectic daily schedules to help some of the youngest members of our hospital community.
Natalie Forrest, chief executive of Chase Farm Hospital

Steve Williams, Senior Construction Manager for IHP said "He echoed Natalie Forrest's thoughts, whereas the IHP Team had definitely gone the extra mile especially with the high efforts being made to complete the new Hospital Building and that time was found to help such a special cause to IHP. It's an absolute pleasure to give something back to the Nurses and NHS Staff's Children to whom are looked after by the caring nursery staff, whilst their Mums and Dad's care, and look after us under the difficult times we sometimes face in life".

Added 05/02/2018


The next phase of the Chesterfield Royal Hospital's Emergency Department (ED) expansion project is now complete and opened to patients on Monday 15th January.

IHP carried out works which included the provision of three new consulting rooms and a reception area to provide a place where patients are initially streamed to either primary care or ED. Previously, this service had to operate out of cubicles within the main ED and children's play area but this new development provides a dedicated space where patients can receive treatment.

The new waiting area and treatment environment is a vast improvement for staff and patients alike. The improved facilities will result in a better experience for people assessed as not needing immediate emergency treatment and therefore a more appropriate use of precious ED resource.
Dr Aqib Bhatti, Clinical Director of DHU Urgent Care Derbyshire providers of the streaming services at the Royal

The streaming service has been based at the Royal since 2013 and has been providing extended hours seven-day streaming service since July 2017, making it one of the first to introduce additional hours services ahead of the national target of October 2017.

This project is part of a larger project due to be completed in June 2018, which will see the existing ED expanded by approximately fifty per cent. In the interim period the streaming area, although fully operational, needs to be closed off at one end whilst work is carried out on the front 'blue-light' ED entrance. Completion of this will mark the end of the redevelopment and result in patient access to the streaming area being opened up at both ends.

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.”