30 April 2018

Planning permission granted for major PIC project in Birmingham

Proposals for a £65million specialist hospital facility in Birmingham, being procured through the PIC Framework, have been given the go-ahead by Birmingham City Council planners.

The state-of-the-art scheme in Edgbaston will deliver high quality acute healthcare for private patients in the region, as well as providing additional capacity and specialist facilities for NHS patients.

Located on the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham campus, the new 14,728sqm facility is being developed by Prime on behalf of a joint venture between HCA Healthcare UK (HCA UK) and University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust Foundation Trust (UHB). The PIC Framework’s Lot 1 contractor VINCI Construction UK is the preferred contractor for the scheme.

Prime Development Director Will Bilbrough said: “The site where the specialist facility is being built is complex and will be very challenging to construct, so it was crucial we had a contractor appointed by early in the design process so they could contribute to the development of design proposals and inform our plans. By using the PIC Framework as the procurement vehicle, we were able to get a preferred contractor on board before we reached the technical design phase which will prove invaluable to the project’s progress.”

VINCI Construction UK were chosen as the preferred contractor following a 2-stage tender process. While most schemes which go through the Framework only require a single stage call off, the procurement for the Birmingham specialist hospital facility was tailored to the needs of the project, ensuring the Client was able to select a contractor capable of negotiating the difficult elements of the site quickly, and at a fixed price which would deliver value for money.

Will added: “The Framework has been flexible enough to give us access to four pre-procured tier one contractors, and to select a preferred contractor several months earlier than if we had used a standard procurement process. This has all helped to keep the project moving forward at pace.”

The specialist hospital facility in Birmingham will be equipped with the latest technology to provide some of the most complex surgical and medical procedures in cancer, cardiology, neurology, hepatobiliary, urology, orthopaedics and stem cell transplantation. Construction is expected to start in the summer with a completion date of winter 2020.