New £650m health and care construction framework for Scotland

Health Facilities Scotland launches Frameworks Scotland 3 for the delivery of new-build, refurbishment and backlog maintenance projects across NHS Scotland

The new framework will deliver publicly-funded health and care infrastructure

Health Facilities Scotland has launched the third iteration of its health and care construction framework, which will see more than £650m invested in infrastructure over the next five years.

Frameworks Scotland 3 will offer a simplified procurement process for publicly-funded health and social care construction projects in an effort to achieve best value.

Six leading construction firms have been appointed as Principal Supply Chain Partners (PSCPs) on the framework. They are:

  • Balfour Beatty
  • John Graham Construction
  • Kier Construction
  • McLaughlin & Harvey
  • RMF Health
  • BAM Construction

BAM Construction will act as a reserve PSCP, providing resilience in the framework if one of the other five PSCPs are unable to participate in a project competition.

Value for money

The framework will build on the success of Frameworks Scotland 2, which has seen projects delivered, or in delivery, with a total value of £630m.

Each of the PSCPs will act as ‘one-stop shop’ solution providers, carrying out a diverse range of design, planning, and construction services via their integrated supply chains.

Gordon James, director of Health Facilities Scotland, said: “Our NHS is under immense pressure due to the current pandemic, and the need for futureproofed healthcare facilities is paramount.

“Frameworks Scotland 3 provides our customers with peace of mind, knowing we have a team of leading construction firms vetted and eager to support new-build and refurbishment projects.

“Our team has an indepth 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 COVID-19 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.

Building relationships

In addition to the construction phase of a project, the contractors can also be appointed at various stages in the capital project planning process from the Initial Agreement stage through to the Full Business Case stage.

Commenting on its appointment, Anna Daley, RMF Health framework manager, said: “Over the last 10 years we have been a principal supply chain partner for Framework Scotland and are delighted to be continuing our relationship.

“We have been involved in a number of key projects with NHS boards across Scotland and we look forward to progressing, and further improving upon, the excellent foundations we have built throughout Health Frameworks 1 & 2, and to further enhance our relationships within the health and social care sectors.”

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