Faithful+Gould Further Expands Healthcare Portfolio

Dale Potts
Faithful+Gould has started work on a £300 million project which will see a major re-configuration of acute healthcare services within Newcastle.

The Teesside office of international project management and cost consultants Faithful+Gould is further expanding its portfolio of work in the healthcare sector.

Working on behalf of Healthcare Support (Newcastle), a joint venture between Equion Ltd, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Interserve PFI 2003 Ltd, and the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust, Faithful+Gould has started work on the £300 million project which will see a major re-configuration of acute healthcare services within Newcastle.

The scheme sponsored under the government’s Private Finance Initiative (PFI), will see services moved from Newcastle General Hospital to the Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI) and Freeman Hospital sites. The flagship project will take eight years to complete and when finished will facilitate a more efficient delivery of clinical services in the Newcastle area.

With a large amount of construction work due to be undertaken the scheme will see a four storey cancer unit and a renal services centre built on the Freeman Hospital site. An accident and emergency department will be established on the RVI site as well as a range of children’s services. Specialties such as neurosciences, infectious diseases, orthopaedics and critical care facilities will also be transferred to this location.

Working on the project since May 2005, Faithful+Gould is undertaking an independent role between Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust and Healthcare Support. Acting as independent tester, certifying when construction work is complete, Faithful+Gould’s role involves regular visits to the site, undertaking final inspections of each phase and certification upon their completion.

The scheme which has employed 10 members of Faithful+Gould staff has also seen the consultants draw upon their broad spectrum of expertise, including architecture, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and structural engineering services.

Regional director Dave Nicholson commented, "As this is a large development being constructed over nine phases and a number of years, this project has presented some challenges to our team and has seen us drawing upon our extensive experience of delivering high profile PFI projects."

Equion Ltd, a division of John Laing plc was founded in 2000 and invests in modern facilities needed to support a wide range of UK public services. It is one of the UK’s leading investors in the delivery and management of acute hospitals, NHS LIFT, police and emergency services, courts and firearm facilities, education, regeneration and defence projects.

Jim Oldham, Project Director at Equion commented on the project:

"We enjoy an excellent relationship with Faithful+Gould and are working closely with them to ensure this groundbreaking development will be delivered to the high standards demanded by the Newcastle Hospitals Trust and Equion. They have significant expertise within the healthcare sector which is ensuring that this multi faceted and complex project is being completed in accordance with the stringent criteria of the NHS. I am very much looking forward to seeing the project upon its completion on October 2013."

Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust is one of the largest NHS Trusts in the UK and has a turnover of more than £1/2 billion. The Trust has a catchment area of 500, 000 patients and is a provider of specialist tertiary services to three million people as well as undertaking national and international commitments.