Sewell Estates Newsletter Sept 22

Welcome to the September edition of our Sewell Estates Newsletter. We’ve had a busy Summer and it’s quite nice to see the heatwave finally cooling and the gardens turning green again. I’ve included some stories from across the seven Sewell businesses that make up Sewell Estates to give you a flavour of what our team is up to.
If you’d like to hear more, or chat with us about any of the stories covered, please get in touch as we’d love to hear from you.
Jo Barnes, Sewell Estate Managing Director

Sewell Group ranked 10th Best Company to work for in Yorkshire and the Humber

Following the news that Sewell Group maintained its 3-star, ‘World Class’ accreditation for the ninth time in the UK Best Companies Survey last year, the Yorkshire-based company has now been ranked in all three of the quarterly league tables of 2022 so far.

This quarter Sewell Group have been ranked in Large Companies (32nd), Property (2nd) and Yorkshire and the Humber (10th) – meaning the Group of businesses has been recognised regionally, nationally and within its business sector.  

Supporting complex healthcare estate in decarbonisation journey

Shared Agenda has been supporting one of its key healthcare customers develop a decarbonisation strategy for its complex health estate. Taking in primary and community healthcare settings, the team are looking at a range of different measures to support long-term strategic plans around the sustainability and net zero agenda, as well as ‘quick wins’ that can have an immediate impact on energy consumption and staff/ patient experience. 

As part of its estates strategy and business case work, Shared Agenda have an in-depth understanding of government and departmental policies and targets around Net Zero and look to align this with clients’ regional and local strategies. This could include understanding the current baseline position, benchmarking against comparator organisations, assisting to identify funding streams to support these ambitions, as well as our project management team taking these principles right through to design and delivery. 

Unique analytical tool bolsters increased work with Primary Care Networks

Pioneering technology is enabling health partners across the country develop their Primary Care Network (PCN) estate strategies in a major programme of work to improve services for patients.

SHAPE, the data mapping tool developed by Parallel, provides an analytical evidence base which informs and supports the strategic planning of services and assets across the health sector. It helps providers and health care planners to understand how best to configure services to meet the needs of the local population.

Features include the ability to benchmark against other areas and look at things such as population demographics, location of GP practices and the make-up of staff within them to aid future planning.

Broadacre students celebrate in their new building

Broadacre Primary School staff and students were joined by Sewell Construction, Hull Esteem Consortium, Hull City Council, the Goodwin Development Trust and Humber Education Trust in an official opening celebration of the new £8.2million build.

Staff and pupils moved in back in March, and after a couple of months settling in, wanted the opportunity to invite key partners back to showcase life in their new school.

A special highlights film was shown in the school assembly, with students speaking about their own experience in their school so far and what it means to them. This was followed by an unveiling of a piece of artwork Broadacre students designed with Luke Garner, a learner from the Goodwin Development Trust. Luke has Asperger’s syndrome, a form of autism, and has been a key ambassador for Autism Awareness in his own right, throughout the project.

Student sustainability group driving net zero ambitions

Students at Ron Dearing UTC are playing a key role in shaping the school’s exciting expansion in partnership with Sewell Construction. A new hi-tech Centre for Sustainability will be created in the former Central Fire Station, next to the existing school.

In line with the UTC’s commitment to decarbonisation, the expansion project will prioritise sustainable design and build solutions and embrace the latest green technologies in terms of heating, lighting and cooling systems.

The Ron Dearing UTC Student Design and Build Team, consisting of ten students in Years 10, 11 and 12,  has been appointed to work with staff, the UTC’s employer partners, architects, sustainability consultants and the construction team to ensure the new facilities reflect the needs of students, local businesses, the green economy and the environment.

Relationship with Leeds Hospital Trust continues with a vision to further improve patient care

I&G have started work on multi-million-pound improvements to the Ophthalmology Unit at St James’s Hospital, on behalf of Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

The Ophthalmology service has outgrown its current space in Chancellor’s Wing and other sites, so the £5.5m project will see a reconfiguration of existing space within the Gledhow Wing of St James’ Hospital to bring multiple ophthalmology services under one roof.

Providing a specialist service for a specialist medical unit

The Hull & East Riding Fertility Service (Hull IVF) recently relocated to a purpose-built, state-of-the-art clinic within Hesslewood Office Park. Built with patients’ care and experience as the top priority, the new clinic is set in tranquil and attractive grounds, providing an ideal environment for patients to undergo their individual, specialist treatments. 

Relocating from Hull Royal Infirmary meant the service now had additional responsibilities around the compliance and maintenance of their new building and have engaged Sewell FM as their dedicated Facilities Management provider.  

Sewell FM have now developed and mobilised a bespoke planned preventative maintenance contract, which includes reactive breakdown support and 24/7 emergency call-out services as well as additional support to assist with a smooth transition during the initial stages of occupation.  

Community Ventures shortlisted in prestigious estates awards

Development company Community Ventures Partnerships Ltd has been shortlisted for Consultancy of the Year at the prestigious Healthcare Estates (IHEEM) Awards.

The awards recognise excellence in the latest innovations from the leading names in the healthcare sector, being judged by experts with extensive experience and achievements within the NHS and commercial healthcare sector.

Sewell Group invested in Community Ventures last year as part of its growth plans across the North of England, allowing it to expand its footprint in estates management consultancy.

Operating across the north of England and Midlands, Community Ventures develops, builds, and manages health and social care facilities, as well as providing estates advisory service to the public sector and management services to LIFT companies.