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Health minister pushes offsite use for new hospitals

11 February 2020 | By Neil Gerrard

The government is encouraging the NHS to use modern construction methods in the construction of 40 new hospitals.

That’s according to minister for care Caroline Dinenage who was speaking last week in a Commons debate on innovation in hospital design.

Under its new health infrastructure plan (HIP), the government has committed to building 40 hospitals over the next decade, while 20 hospital upgrades are currently underway.

Dinenage said: “Our building programme will take advantage of innovative design and innovative construction methods, and we are encouraging the NHS to take advantage of a range of modern construction approaches, including off-site manufacturing and standardisation, such as repeatable room design. Such methods can enable new and better buildings to be built quicker than otherwise would be possible.”

Dinenage added that the design of hospitals has a “massive part to play” in achieving net zero carbon targets, with the large hospital projects selected for phase one and two of the HIP instructed to follow the framework developed by the UK Green Building Council on net zero carbon buildings.

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