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NHS Property Services Appoints Hark Systems to Design Smarter Buildings Program

NHS Property Services Appoints Hark Systems to Design Smarter Buildings Program
02 December 2022

Hark Systems has signed an initial three-month contract with NHS Property Services to improve system efficiency across over 3,600 NHS facilities.

The contract will focus on the design of a smart building program to enable the connectivity of buildings and assets across the NHS, and Hark Systems will provide expertise and consultancy.

Established in 2013, NHS Property Services (NHS PS) is one of the largest property portfolios in the UK with a total value of over £3 billion. Their mission is to keep buildings clean, safe, warm and compliant, with dedicated FM teams working on the frontline to achieve this.

A central part of this relies on having access to critical data needed to improve the efficiency of systems and industrial assets. The “Smarter Buildings Program” aims to implement an ecosystem, designed by Hark, which will be a central technological enabler, allowing NHS PS to collect, input, archive, analyse and report on their estate information. This ecosystem will allow NHS PS to react to facilities management information in real-time and control buildings remotely through a digital twin environment by integrating software into their Building Management Systems.

IoT sensors, building management systems, AI, and augmented reality are amongst some of the technology that will be included NHS PS to control and optimise estate performance in the future.

NHS PS is in the initial stages of the program, and Hark will provide technology consultancy services to help write the architectural design that will be used to build the Smarter Building platform.

Jordan Appleson, Chief Executive Officer of Hark said: “The NHS is a dream client for many across our team. It’s exciting to be designing something that will enable the connectivity of such a large estate alongside the NHS Property Services team. We feel very well placed to deliver the brief and beyond with our background and experience in large complex estates and also highly regulated healthcare labs and buildings.”

Cameron Hawkins, Head of Energy and Environment, NHS Property Services added: “As owners of 10 per cent of the NHS estate, we play a key role in reducing emissions, helping the NHS adapt to climate change and building healthier communities. Our Green Plan is our commitment to reducing our environmental impact and promoting sustainable healthcare.

“As part of our plan, we recognise the important role data and technology plays in helping reduce the environmental impact of the NHS and creating greener, healthier communities. Hark’s excellent approach to systems design clearly aligns with this, demonstrating the power of their capabilities in the smart buildings environment and enabling us to support the NHS deliver excellent patient care both now and in the future.”

Picture: a photograph of two people wearing high-vis jackets working in an NHS control room. Image Credit: Hark

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 02 December 2022


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