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WAGNGD Europe - one of the word’s largest data centres - was officially opened on 11 March 2010 by the Welsh Assembly Government’s Lesley Griffiths, Deputy Minister for Science, Innovation & Skills. NGD Europe is now operational with its first long-term tenants already installed following completion of the essential phases of a £200m project which began nearly 2 years ago.
This involved converting & upgrading the 750,000 sq ft former Hynix semiconductor plant into a state-of-the-art tier 3 mega data centre. The ISO 14001 accredited centre has:
* its very own on-site power sub-station connection capable of sustaining a City the size of Bristol
* a wide range of on-site dark fibre carrier interconnects to enable high speed low latency connectivity
* triple-skinned walls, bomb proof glass, prison grade perimeter fencing, infra-red detection
* biometric recognition and ex-special forces security guards
Press release ~ NGD Europe Data centre ~ WAG: Economic Renewal Programme
DH: Revolutionary ‘bed pods’ & screening systems, modular toilets & washrooms and a redesigned patient gown were just some design prototypes to improve patient privacy & dignity unveiled by Health Minister, Ann Keen, at the Design Council last week.
The groundbreaking designs are the culmination of ‘Design for Patient Dignity’, a programme from the Department of Health and Design Council, which has brought together 7 teams of leading UK designers & manufacturers with frontline healthcare staff to help solve privacy & dignity issues for patients.
Over 60 design teams applied to be part of the challenge and they were judged by a panel of the UK’s most respected experts in design, patient care, hospital management & nursing.  

It is hoped the designs will be introduced to hospitals in 2011.  Innovation & new concepts such as these developed with the Design Council will be showcased at the second Innovation EXPO at the Excel Centre in London on 6-7 October 2010.
Press release ~ Dignity in Care Campaign ~ BIG – Bright Ideas Grant ~ Design for Patient Dignity ~ Design Bugs Out
BIS: Minister for Business, Ian Lucas, has presented the UK’s first-ever ‘Cluster Marks’. Clusters are 'regional concentrations of related companies & organisations that compete, but also collaborate to share knowledge, increase innovation & drive growth within the sector'.
The Cluster Mark was established to raise the profile of UK manufacturers involved in cluster activity and to help promote their local strengths internationally.  The awards also aim to boost the reputation of the manufacturing sector as a whole and highlight its importance to the British economy.
Press release ~ BIS: Cluster Mark
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