Pick Everard wins £5 m Midlands backlog maintenance contract
Independent construction and infrastructure consultancy, Pick Everard, has been awarded a £5 m programme of backlog maintenance works under the framework for healthcare facilities in the Midlands owned by NHS Property Services.
The NHS Property Services portfolio is one of the UK’s largest – comprising mover 3,000 properties with 7,000 tenants across England. With a total value of over £3 bn, this represents about 10% of the total NHS estate. The work will cover backlog maintenance projects for 38 health centres to implement remedial works to the site infrastructure, internal and external building fabric, and mechanical and electrical systems, with work starting this month.
Pick Everard’s team will provide programme management, project management, quantity surveying, and principal designer services (health and safety). The works will overhaul building systems, ensuring they meet current building guidance. The team will work in collaboration with the external consultants undertaking architectural and services design to deliver the projects.
David Harris, partner at Pick Everard, said: “The Government has promised a number of programmes and funding packages for the health service throughout this year, including 40 new hospitals announced as part of ‘Project Speed’ at the end of June. However, it’s clear that we must look after and improve the existing health service infrastructure, ensuring it continues to be fit for purpose, in order for healthcare professionals to provide the best possible care to patients in the region.”
Paul Jones, principal construction manager at NHS Property Services, said: “We’re pleased to have skilled and experienced partners on board to support the programme of works across the Midlands. The clear objective is to deliver better patient care, and these works are central to that.”
Imran Ishaq, associate director for building surveying at Pick Everard (pictured), who is leading on the project, said: “There is no doubt that COVID-19 will impact how we deliver this work, and it is imperative safety guidance is followed by observing social distancing and health and safety protocols. We will be working within live, occupied environments, so will be using phased construction strategies to keep disruption at an absolute minimum, and allow tenant businesses to continue with their services as work is in progress.
“A big focus for all we do is delivering works that make a real social and economic difference to the community. For this programme we will be deploying local labour, and working closely with SMEs across the region on the provision of these improved community care facilities.” The work will be delivered unedr the NHS Shared Business Services framework.