The Trust recently selected the preferred bidder to work alongside to progress the Estate Modernisation Programme.
Selection of a development partner
We are pleased to confirm that the Trust has now completed the final stage of the 15 month procurement process for its once in a lifetime multi-million programme to build two new state-of-the-art mental health hospitals at Springfield University Hospital and Tolworth Hospital.
Having announced a short list of three development partners in March this year, we are delighted to announce that STEP (Kajima Partnerships and Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd) has been selected as our preferred development partner and is now working with the Trust to progress the Estate Modernisation Programme (EMP) to contract close. The announcement of preferred bidder marks a significant milestone in the development of the EMP, and enables the proposals to be finalised for a full business case to be submitted to Government for approval, with the signing of Contracts currently estimated to be in Spring/Summer 2018. Aligned to this the Trust will also be progressing the submission of detailed planning applications for the two hospital sites, which again will form part of the government approvals processes.
Appointment of advisers
The Trust gained planning permission for the Estate Modernisation Programme in 2012. Since then the Trust has appointed key advisers, procured using our governance processes and as a result of competitive tender. These advisers have been appointed until the Financial close of the programme and as a result the Trust are not looking for any more advice or advisers to guide this programme.