Pick Everard to Overhaul NHS Facilities
Pick Everard – a property, construction, and infrastructure consultancy – has been chosen for a programme of works for health facilities, which are owned by NHS Property Services.
The programme of work is valued at around £5 million and will take place in and around the Midlands area of England. NHS Property Services’ portfolio is one of the biggest in the UK and comprises more than 3,000 properties with 7,000 tenants across England. With a total value in excess of £3 billion, this represents around 10% of the total NHS estate.
Work will cover the delivery of backlogged maintenance projects for 38 health centres where remedial work to the site infrastructure, internal and external building fabric, and mechanical and electrical systems will take place, with work beginning this month (July 2020).
The Pick Everard team will provide programme management, project management, quantity surveying and principal designer services (health and safety). These works will overhaul building systems and will also ensure that they meet current building guidance. The team will work in collaboration with the external consultants who undertake the architectural and services design to deliver the projects.
David Harris, Partner at Pick Everard, said: “We’re really pleased to have been awarded this commission, allowing us to continue and expand the extensive services we have been providing in support of the NHS and its services across the UK for many years. It is of course a point in time when providing the NHS with as much support as possible has never been so important, so it is great to be progressing these projects, allowing us to help support our health service in the Midlands with critical work.
“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 of clear importance 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, added: “We’re pleased to have skilled and experienced partners on board to support the programme of works across the Midlands. The clear objective in sight is to deliver better patient care and these works are central to that.”
Imran Ishaq, Associate Director for Building Surveying at Pick Everard, who is leading on this 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 at Pick Everard is delivering works that make a real social and economic difference to the community. For this programme of works we will be deploying local labour and working closely with SMEs across the region on the provision of these improved community care facilities.”
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