RSK works through its well-established subsidiaries in the healthcare sector and is quickly gaining a reputation as a solutions provider, whether for primary- or secondary-care estates or mental health facilities. We are conscious of how healthcare organisations face major challenges in construction and estate management, especially more recently with the push towards the HIP1 and HIP2 new build programmes. For example, many schemes are including targets for a net-zero-carbon standard and reducing the environmental impacts of estates. One way RSK is helping clients tackle this challenge is through nature-based solutions (NBS) which aim to protect, manage and restore natural ecosystems in ways that also benefit biodiversity and human well-being. RSK and its businesses are well-placed to deliver NBS approaches to the healthcare sector across a variety of services.

In addition to meeting their carbon targets, NHS trusts have to increase asset efficiency and utilisation while managing an ageing property portfolio with maintenance backlogs and capital work underspending.

RSK understands these challenges. We help clients to develop, maintain, improve, renew and dispose of property assets.

Our focus is on providing clients with the best solutions for their challenges. We pride ourselves on a responsive, pragmatic approach and a deep understanding of clients’ needs. This enables us to provide comprehensive support and to identify opportunities that have positive effects on programme, cost and risk. As a leading provider of environmental and site investigation services to infrastructure projects and construction and property programmes, RSK has excellent geographical coverage across the UK.

Our ever-expanding business includes one of the largest consultancy offerings in the UK coupled with a growing suite of contracting services. Collectively, we deliver added value through an unrivalled package of services from pre-acquisition and planning through to post-construction.

We help clients in the healthcare sector at every stage of a property’s lifespan, including development, maintenance, improvement, asset renewal and disposal. In the UK, healthcare organisations can access our services through various supply agreements and frameworks, including

  • ProCure22 (direct appointments by principal supply chain partners)
  • Constructionline
  • Shared Business Services (SBS) – via our Pellings business
  • London Procurement Partnership
  • ESPO

Collectively, RSK’s work in the sector is gathering pace and as a group we can service estates teams within trusts and across the supply chain with planners, architects and contractors working on healthcare projects. Visit the RSK Businesses section to learn more about the brands within the RSK group.

For details of the RSK group’s added-value approach and the specific services it provides aligned to each of the development stages of a healthcare project, please see our brochure and the expertise section below. You will also find a selection of relevant healthcare sector case studies below.

View our brochure on nature-based solutions for the healthcare sector.

Our Expertise

  • Nature-based solutions

    • Arboricultural (tree) surveying, including planning and tree risk assessments
    • Tree planting: funding applications, design and management
    • Ecological management plans and impact assessments
    • Preliminary ecological appraisal (PEA) and BREEAM ‘feed-in’ services
    • Protected species surveying (badgers, bats, great crested newts, etc.)
    • Invasive weeds (e.g., Japanese knotweed, giant hogweed) surveys and management contracting
    • Hard and soft landscaping design and implementation (bringing the outside in)
    • Landscape architecture, landscape planning and urban design
    • Healing courtyards and sensory gardens: therapeutic horticulture for mobility/rehabilitation/exercise and mental health referrals
    • Green infrastructure advice, including for green roofs and walls
    • Consultations and community/stakeholder liaison support
    • Accessibility and wayfinding: planning and designing of walking routes for health walks and other green prescribing interventions
    • Landscape maintenance and management
    • Vegetation management (including coppicing and glade creation)
    • Habitat creation and landscape restoration
    • Ecological mitigation
    • Sustainable river restoration and natural flood management, sustainable drainage systems (SuDS)
    • Wetland habitat creation (including wetland and wild flower plant nursery and contracting services)
    • Lake desilting
    • Biodiversity net gain (BNG) assessments and strategies
    • Green corporate strategy and natural capital accounting
    • Pond creation and seeding

  • Pre-acquisition and planning

    • Support bid stage tender writing
    • Review of project constraints
    • Planning support (TCPA / DCO / Transport etc)
    • Flood risk assessments and mitigation design
    • Whole life costing; energy studies; renewable energy feasibility studies, including ground source heat pump design and net-zero carbon design; and BREEAM support
    • Architectural design
    • Landscape Architecture (including landscape and visual impact assessment LVIA)
    • Building surveying of existing estates
    • One of the largest ecology teams in the UK, adding value from surveying, mitigation, biodiversity net gain and rewilding for offsetting
    • One of the largest Archaeological and Built Heritage surveying and contracting teams in the UK Fully UKAS-accredited asbestos team, including sampling, analysis, surveying, and an arm’s length independent removal contracting business

  • Detailed design and site preparation

    • Site investigation: geotechnical, geoenvironmental and geophysical
    • In-house drillers (more than 100 rigs)
    • In-house laboratories for soil and waste analysis
    • In-house Pile Testing business to maximise re-use of existing infrastructure
    • Remediation design and contracting
    • In-house structural engineering teams
    • Civil engineering including water and wastewater services
    • Earthworks design, material management plans and slope stabilisation
    • In-house mechanical and electrical (M&E) engineering for services design and optimisation

  • Construction

    • Site supervision/clerk of works
    • Sustainability support and assessment e.g. BREEAM
    • Environmental and health and safety compliance support (including audit, CDM etc.)
    • Waste management support including re-use of materials
    • Noise and vibration assessments
    • Air quality
    • Validation of remediation strategy (including vapour etc)
    • Expert Witness support across a range of disciplines (including construction disputes)
    • 24-hr response contracting for major incidents or spills
    COVID-19 decontamination

  • Post-construction

    • Statutory approvals and sign-off
    • Permit surrender, CL:AIRE MMP verification and validation, SWMP review
    • Site inspection of work, issue of construction contract certificates
    • Health and safety performance reviews
    • Post-project and closeout reports
    • Post-construction testing for compliance and BREEAM credits
    • Commissioning and validation of services (mechanical and electrical, M&E), including ground source heat pumps

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