Contractors alerted to New Hospital Programme event

Contractors have been invited to a flagship event in Birmingham next month to hear about opportunities to work on the government’s £3.7bn New Hospital Programme (NHP).

In October 2020, the government announced plans to build 40 hospitals by 2030, as part of a scheme to upgrade and expand NHS services, including the creation of eight brand new facilities.

A commercial pipeline was published in March, setting out the progress made so far and the timeline for future projects. The document revealed details of 11 deals that were at the market-engagement stage or would soon be.

The government has now encouraged contractors, suppliers and the wider supply chain to attend an event on 20 September, where it will outline details about a new procurement framework that will standardise construction across the majority of schemes in the programme.

A prior information notice will be published by the government before the event next month, for firms to register their interest in working on the programme.

During the event, guests can expect to:

  • hear from NHP leaders, industry experts and clinical professionals
  • learn how the NHP plans to standardise best practice to reduce the overall time taken to build the hospitals and provide better value for money for taxpayers
  • understand the sustainable legacy that hospitals of the future must provide by meeting the net-zero challenge and delivering social and economic value for communities across the country
  • network with industry leaders and peers to uncover opportunities for collaboration.

Health minister Maria Caulfield said: “This flagship event is an important moment for the NHP, as we transform the way hospitals are designed, making them fit for the future.

“I urge anyone working in the health and construction sectors, including contractors, suppliers and the wider supply chain, to attend the event and hear how you can play a role in designing and building hospitals of the future, and ensuring patients and staff benefit from the best facilities.”

Six of the 40 hospital schemes included in the NHP are under construction, according to the government, while one has been completed. Planning for a further 10 is “well advanced”.

The government says the programme will use the latest building techniques, materials and construction methods to support the NHS’s ambitions on net-zero carbon emissions.

Senior responsible officer for the NHP, Natalie Forrest, said: “I am really excited by the scope and ambition of our programme and its vision to deliver – better, faster and with a sustainable legacy.

“Traditionally, each time a new hospital is built, it is a standalone scheme with a bespoke approach. This programme will ensure that we capture the scale and opportunities of a national plan.”

She added: “This is a dramatic shift from traditional hospital construction. We have a unique chance to transform the way hospitals are designed, procured and built, as well as positively changing the way we deliver healthcare infrastructure for the future NHS.”

Last week, plans for a new £300m, state-of-the-art cancer hospital in Cambridge (pictured) moved one step closer after Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was given permission to find a contractor. It is one of the NHP projects.

To register your interest in the NHP Industry Day, click here.

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