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Double Design Wins for Acclaimed Adolescent Unit

12 December 2014

Double Design Wins for Acclaimed Adolescent Unit

Greater Manchester’s Junction 17 unit wins two UK national design awards.

Amidst swingeing UK government cuts for mental health services funding, the completion and opening of Greater Manchester West’s Junction 17 adolescent unit at Prestwich Hospital is a real good news story.

Not only that but since its opening in late 2013 it has received exceptional acclaim from staff and patients alike. The facility (which replaces the former McGuinness Unit on the same site) has recently received the Best Mental Health Design award at the 16th Annual Building Better Healthcare Awards in London. This prestigious recognition follows from receiving the Design Project of the Year Award at the first Design in Mental Health Network National Awards earlier this year.

The 20 bedroom Tier 4 specialist mental health unit was developed in close consultation with young persons, service providers, psychiatrists, art and occupational therapists to ensure the end result was best suited to patients and staff using it delivering a bright and engaging, modern non-institutional environment. The unit has inpatient accommodation for 24 young people with a 15 bed acute ward and five en-suite bedrooms, welcoming therapy, activity, lounge and family visiting spaces for in and outpatients and an ICU suite. The unit includes the co-educational Cloughside College for inpatients with classrooms on site.

RPS was appointed by Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust to complete the Mechanical and Electrical services section of the feasibility study and then was part of the design team for the P21+ contract with IHP/Vinci Construction. RPS was responsible for taking the design of M&E services through the Guaranteed Maximum Price process and then through the construction and hand over period Local Chorley-based firm Gilling Dod provided the architectural design. The structural engineering design was provided by Alan Johnson Partnership.

RPS’ services for the £10m unit included the design of systems specifically suiting the safety requirements of the environment. The building was heated by the use of a ground source heat pump supplemented by gas fired boilers linked to underfloor heating with the building achieving the BREEAM Very Good standard. Our design services also included mechanical ventilation, water services and drainage, fire and safety systems, security, small power and lighting.

‘Success such as this is only possible when the design team works collaboratively with all stakeholders within the client team, the pre-construction team and the construction team’ says RPS Operational Director John Gosling, ‘Great team cooperation here between client, project team and service users has delivered excellent results answering the requirements of all involved’.

All images copyright and courtesy of Gilling Dod Architects.

Hornsea Project One Offshore Wind Farm Consented

10 December 2014

Hornsea Project One Offshore Wind Farm Consented


This morning the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change made the Development Consent Order, granting consent to Hornsea Project One, the first of the Round 3 Hornsea offshore wind development zone projects. Developed by SMart Wind, a joint venture between Mainstream Renewable Power and Siemens Project Ventures, and owned jointly with Dong Energy, this 1.2 GW project will be one of the largest offshore wind farms in the world. Located over 100 km off the Yorkshire coast, the turbine array will cover an area of 407 km2. Marine cables will make landfall at Horseshoe Point, south of Grimsby in Lincolnshire. The 40 km onshore cable route will connect to National Grid’s North Killingholme substation in north Lincolnshire, via the project’s HVDC converter/HVAC substation.

RPS has supported SMart Wind in the offshore and onshore environmental assessment; from onshore cable routing decisions and choices on location of converter/substations, through negotiations with statutory and non-statutory consultees and public consultation, to the preparation of two consultation rounds on draft environmental statements. The offshore and onshore technical consultancy and report authorship provided by RPS included the comprehensive range of marine and terrestrial, biological and human environmental topics.

Image courtesy of SMartWind.

During the Examination, RPS further supported SMart Wind, providing responses to the Examining Authority’s questions, additional documents, input into the Development Consent Order and expert witnesses.

The detailed design of the project will be finalised and implemented in accordance with the requirements of the DCO. Project One is scheduled to commence operation by 2020, when it will become the world’s first gigawatt scale wind farm far from shore.

Survey Wins for Sydney Crane and North West Rail Link

04 December 2014

Survey Wins for Sydney Crane and North West Rail Link

RPS wins two awards for Hammerhead Crane and North West Rail Link projects.

RPS was the shining star at the recent 2014 New South Wales Spatial Excellence Awards, winning two awards.

We took out the People and Community Award for 3D terrestrial laser scanning of the Hammerhead Crane in Sydney Harbour, and the Technical Excellence Award for North West Rail Link.

The iconic Hammerhead Crane in Garden Island in Sydney Harbour is one of only six such cranes built in the world. RPS captured more than 100 scans of the structure to produce a photorealistic 3D point cloud as a means of archival recording of the structure ahead of its removal.

Built in 1951, the iconic 61-metre structure was set up for the removal of the twin 18 inch gun barbettes (armoured cylinders protecting revolving turrets on a warship) from the English battleships of the period.

The Technical Excellence Award recognises the innovative solutions RPS (the former InSites team) employed as principal survey and spatial information contractor for the $8.3 billion North West Rail Link (NWRL) – Australia's largest public transport infrastructure project currently under construction.

Over 24 months, RPS was responsible for the collection, coordination, management and electronic delivery of all spatially related topographic, cadastral, property and infrastructure information to an extensive range of government agencies, project design engineers, planning consultants and project stakeholders.

A project director was permanently installed within the project office, while a resource base of up to 40 people in specialist teams was established in the RPS office to deliver the integrated and highly innovative solutions required to satisfy each element of the scope.

RPS is proud to report that after 45,000 recorded man hours on the project, operating under our Integrated Quality and Safety systems, we hold a scorecard that reflects zero quality and safety non-conformances.

Both projects will now be in the running for National Awards announced early next year.

Image caption: RPS Director Business Development Alan Prudames and RPS General Manager Cameron Miles with the awards.