New framework for Scottish healthcare construction projects launched
Health Facilities Scotland (HFS) has launched ‘Frameworks Scotland 3’, for delivery of new-build, refurbishment, and backlog maintenance projects across NHS Scotland.
The Frameworks Scotland 3 model will operate over a five-year period for publicly funded health and social care construction projects. HFS says it offers ‘a simplified procurement process for these programmes to achieve the best value and quality, shared learning, and overall peace of mind’.
Six ‘leading construction firms’ have been appointed as Principal Supply Chain Partners (PSCPs):
- Balfour Beatty.
- John Graham Construction.
- Kier Construction.
- McLaughlin & Harvey.
- RMF Health.
- BAM Construction, serving as a ‘reserve’.
Health Facilities Scotland explains that BAM Construction, ‘as the reserve PSCP’, will provide resilience in the framework, if one of the other five PSCP sis unable to participate in a project mini-competition.
It is estimated that Frameworks Scotland 3 will deliver up to £650 million of healthcare projects over its five-year duration, ‘building on the success of Frameworks Scotland 2’, which has seen projects delivered, or in delivery, with a total value of £630 m.
Each PSCP will act as a ‘one-stop-shop’ solution provider, undertaking a diverse range of design, planning, and construction via its integrated supply chain. Gordon James, director of Health Facilities Scotland, said: “Our NHS is under immense pressure due to the current pandemic, and the need for future-proof healthcare facilities is paramount. Frameworks Scotland 3 provides our customers with peace of mind, knowing that we have a team of leading construction firms vetted and eager to support new build and refurbishment projects.
“Our team has an in-depth knowledge of the framework, and provides a wide range of technical and professional advice to client project teams throughout Scotland. Following our success with the recent NHS Louisa Jordan development, we are looking forward to progressing a range of exciting and meaningful projects across NHS Scotland.”
A PSCP may be engaged to undertake a variety of duties – including service strategies, estate strategies, business planning, developing the brief, design development, and construction works. In addition to the construction phase of a project, a PSCP can be appointed at various stages in the capital project planning process, from the Initial Agreement stage through to the Full Business Case stage.
The artist’s impression is of the Baird Family Hospital and the ANCHOR Centre project, a £233.2 million building development at the Foresterhill Health Campus in Aberdeen, which will see two new buildings opened on the site in 2023 ‘to support and enhance the provision of clinical care’, with delivery under the Frameworks Scotland 2 model.