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Health club


What will happen to the expertise created by NHS Estates when the organisation is abolished under Department of Health reorganisation plans? The answer, according to Lord Warner, the DoH ministerial design champion, is that it will be retained in a single unit rather than broken up. He was speaking at the top of the 'gherkin' at a celebration dinner thrown for NHS trust chairs and administrators - or at least the 15 of them responsible for the next wave of PFI hospitals. This is a multibillionpound programme which will build on, and learn from, the history of the PFI health facilities so far; good news also announced on the night was the redesign of the Royal London by HOK, which has got two cheers from CABE. Meanwhile, look out for an excellent PFI design by SHC Architects for a large new hospital in Mansfield; the PFI client is the same as for the Royal London - Skanska.

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