April 2024

Sewell Estates Newsletter

Here we are with another newsletter, and this month we’re covering some of the hottest topics around, such as decarbonisation, infrastructure strategies and One Public Estate.

For those who work in the health sector, we’ve got some useful advice on ICS infrastructure strategies and ERIC data, and we also examine the state of the NHS’s capital budgets.

We look at how to avoid some common pitfalls around the journey to net zero, with news about new Salix funding which can help you put together a heat decarbonisation plan – but hurry, you need to apply quickly, the deadline’s 1 May.

Finally, we love to celebrate the hard work of our people, and it’s fantastic to see our own Martin Standley recognised at a prestigious national award ceremony. We’re also honoured to have been chosen to build the new Rob Burrow Centre for Motor Neurone Disease in Leeds, a first of its kind in the UK, and a project that will help so many people.

As always, if there’s anything you’d like to discuss more, please get in touch for a chat and a coffee.

Best wishes, Jo


Is there light at the end of the tunnel for NHS capital budgets?

Shared Agenda and Citycare Chief Executive Tim Wigglesworth examines the state of the NHS’s capital budgets, and whether future initiatives will provide a glimmer of hope for the organisation’s estates planners.


Two East Yorkshire winners recognised in national awards

Two East Yorkshire project managers have been named winners at a major UK construction industry awards, including Sewell Construction’s own Martin Standley.

An artist's impression of the rear of the Rob Burrow Centre for Motor Neurone Disease, including gardens and people sitting around tables outside with friends and family

I&G to build new Rob Burrow Centre for Motor Neurone Disease

We’re extremely proud to have been appointed to build the new Rob Burrow Centre for Motor Neurone Disease in Leeds. Named after rugby league legend Rob Burrow CBE, the centre will be the first of its kind in the UK.


Three new Pagabo framework appointments

Companies from across the Group have been appointed to three new Pagabo frameworks for consultancy and construction, enabling clients across the public sector to access our decarbonisation or estates consultancy to help improve their estate.



Now that formal guidance has been published by NHS England setting out expectations around production of infrastructure strategies, we’re able to help support those ICSs who now need to respond. Our expert consultants take you through the steps you need in order to be prepared for the challenge.


The unintended consequences of decarbonisation

All decarbonisation is good…right? Our building retrofit expert, Steve Dam, examines some of the ways in which decarbonisation plans can sometimes do more harm than good to your estate, and how to avoid taking a wrong turn on your journey to net zero.

Plus, learn about new Salix funding currently available for decarbonisation plans.

ERIC data

Number crunching: stress free ERIC reporting

For many who work in NHS estates management, spring means one thing – ERIC data. Find out how we can support you to collect, compile, verify and report your ERIC data, leaving your team free to concentrate on their day jobs.


Mapping One Public Estate

Parallel’s interactive mapping tool SHAPE is the perfect way to support planning, coordination and analysis of One Public Estate projects. Find out how one local authority used SHAPE to help manage their OPE programme.


Sewell FM turns 30

To celebrate Sewell FM turning 30, we’re fundraising for two causes. Dove House Hospice - an East Yorkshire hospice, and to help Hob Moor Primary Academy in York to reconfigure their sensory garden to support SEND pupils.

"This partnership comes at an exciting time for Dove House as a great number of new initiatives are taking off."

Jonny Bottomley, Partnership Development Fundraiser at Dove House