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Thursday 11th January

Designing and phasing hospital projects in "live" working environments.

With the focus on refurbishing, remodelling and expanding the provision of our existing healthcare portfolio, how is the minimisation of disruption, whilst continuing to maintain and improve patient care, achieved on construction projects. Come and joins us for the first HCN breakfast event of 2018 as our expert panel discuss:


  • What are the key design challenges in terms of integrating and phasing the design?

  • How is segregation considered during the design and then implemented on site?

  • How are services such as power, heating and data maintained and when is the best time to interrupt these services?

  • What are the key health and safety issues that need to be considered? 

  • How do we deal with decanting issues and infection control?


John Roden 
McLaughlin & Harvey

John is Operations Director for McLaughlin & Harvey Limited, a £450m turnover construction company with offices in Belfast, Glasgow, Edinburgh and London.


With over 20 years’ experience in the construction industry, the majority of John’s experience has been in healthcare including projects at; King’s College Hospital London, University College London Hospital, Evelina London Children’s Hospital, Royal Victoria Hospital Belfast, Belfast City Hospital, Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children.


His experience encompasses new build, refurbishment and extensions, generally on live, complex and restricted sites. The value of the projects range between £2m - £120m


A graduate from the University of Brighton, John lives in Belfast with his wife, 3 children and the dog.

Nick Benn 
BMJ Architects

Nick has been an architect for over 20 years and has spent 15 of these as a Director with BMJ Architects, offering expert design and architectural solutions to his clients.  Nick uses his unique way of thinking to approach and create architecture mainly on complex healthcare and science projects across the UK.


Nick’s specialty is designing next-generation healthcare strategies within ‘live’ hospital environments and he believes great design can only result from collaborative processes applying this ethos on all his projects.  He is currently project director on a variety of healthcare projects in Central London including new build, refurbishment and hybrid healthcare for clients Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.


Nick’s extensive knowledge of standards and best practice ensures clarity of direction and commitment to project goals along with a quick response to clients’ briefs.  At BMJ he focuses on projects where success is primarily driven by understanding and realising the requirements of complex user groups with a diverse range of needs, in live hospital environments, by asking and listening, analysing the information and sharing that knowledge.

Matthew Ellams 
Kings College Hospital
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