Firms sounded out for rebid of £250m London hospital

Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust is starting market engagement with contractors ahead of retendering its new landmark Evelina London Children’s Hospital extension.

The planned 290,000 sq ft hospital building, designed by Hawkins\Brown Architects and Bouygues-owned developer Linkcity, is to be rebid after the Trust and pre-construction services agreement contractor Bouygues agreed to part company on amicable terms.

The Trust is now asking interested firms to register before inviting tenders in March for the integrated £250m main shell and fit-out contract.

Previously Bouygues UK was in line to just deliver the shell and core for the new hospital extension.

Trust procurement chiefs said the change of scope required a fresh procurement competition. The Trust now hopes to start construction by the end of next year.

The Trust intends to utilise a hybrid design & build delivery route for the Evelina Expansion Programme. This will include fixing the shell and core through a Single Stage D&B while the fit-out works will utilise a two-stage D&B approach.

The proposed 12-storey building, which will be located on a triangular sited behind Lambeth Palace on the opposite side of the Thames to the Houses of Parliament, will be joined to the existing, award-winning children’s hospital which opened in 2005.

New extension will house 100 beds, operating theatres and spaces for patients to relax, including a roof terrace.

As capital project advisors for the Evelina Expansion Programme, Mace is running the market engagement briefing. Documents are available from the procurement website. Questionnaires need to completed by 14 January.

In advance of the main contractor works several pre-commencements works will be carried out by the Trust, including, the demolition of the existing buildings.

Professor Ian Abbs, Chief Executive of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Our ambitious plan to expand Evelina London will make it one of the world’s leading children’s hospitals, and enable us to provide exceptional care to many more children and young people.

“This is just the beginning of an exciting journey for us, and we will continue to put patients and families at the heart of what we do.”

The bigger and better children’s hospital, which will open in 2027.

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Balfour to start A40 upgrade after £35m funding deal

Vital upgrade work can now start on the A40 to ease congestion, boost local bus services and allow the construction of thousands of new homes in Oxfordshire, thanks to £35m in government funding confirmed today.

Balfour Beatty is lined-up as main contractor on the scheme which will see an 850-space park and ride facility, including cycle parking and electric car charge points, built to the north-west of Eynsham.

Balfour will start main construction work next year with completion due in mid-2024.

The A40 is currently one of the last-remaining main roads through Oxford that lacks a park and ride service.

Works will also see the creation of a three-metre wide separate path for cyclists and pedestrians along the route of the A40 from Witney to Oxford, replacing the existing narrower path.

This will include safe, signal-controlled crossings for cyclists and pedestrians at various junctions, making greener modes of travel more accessible to people in the area.

Councillor Duncan Enright, Cabinet Member for Travel and Development Strategy, said: “We are delighted the funding is confirmed to support transport, particularly regular swift buses and world-class cycle lanes, along this major route.

“For years residents in West Oxfordshire have had to endure congestion on the A40 and its impact on every aspect of their lives.

“This key project will not only deliver safer and more reliable travel options between Witney and Oxford, but support the growth of much-needed jobs and housing in the area. All while promoting vital sustainable transport.”

The total cost of the scheme comes to £49.3m, with the remaining funding coming from the Oxfordshire Growth Deal – Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership and private developer contributions.

SMEs dominate £650m northern housing upkeep framework

EN:Procure, the procurement arm of regional social housing consortium Efficiency North, has awarded spots on its new housing installation, servicing, maintenance and repairs framework to 37 contractors.

Nearly nine out of 10 firms winning places on over 50 lots are SMEs. An estimated £650m work pipeline will be shared among these firms over the four-year lifetime of the framework.

Efficiency North is growing its social housing landlord membership across the whole of the North of England and now counts over 30 social housing landlords among its members.

Firms picking up multiple lots across the North West and East Midlands regions are: Bell Decorating, A Connolly, P Casey, Engie Regneration, Jackson Jackson & Sons and J Tomlinson.

The lots for schemes under £1m provide opportunities for smaller and medium-sized local firms.

Around 86% of those appointed are SMEs with half locally based and have been given the chance to work on social housing construction projects in their  neighbourhoods.

Installation, Servicing, Maintenance and Repair Works winners

EN Procure housing repair framework

The new framework is predominantly for social housing but may extend to other public buildings such as schools and offices and other areas of the UK.

The new framework will build on the success of EN:Procure’s previous installation, repairs and maintenance frameworks, which, between 2016-2021, helped members procure and deliver various elemental replacement works for local communities with an overall underlying contract value in excess of £200m.

Emma Mottram, EN:Procure Head of Operations, said: “With this diverse range of small and large contractors operating across Northern England, it will provide an intelligent procurement solution with maximum flexibility via the range of contract options and processes.”


York Cocoa West 300-home scheme approved

The development arm of Clarion Housing Group has got the go-ahead for a £100m new homes scheme next to the former Rowntree factory in the centre of York.

Developer Latimer now aims to start work on the Cocoa West mixed-tenure housing scheme early next year.

Comprising 302 new homes, more than 35%, will be available through shared ownership and social rent.

Designed by JTP Architects, the homes will be built on an 11-acre brownfield central plot

Based on feedback gathered through the recent public consultation, the scheme will not only include a mix of one, two and three-bedroom apartments, but also two, three and four-bedroom townhouses – providing a mix of much-needed affordable family homes.

The neighbouring Cocoa Works scheme is already underway, with Latimer’s plans for the eight hectare site, which has been derelict for more than a decade, ensuring that original features of the building are celebrated and incorporated into designs.

In 2020/21, Clarion Housing Group completed 2,126 new homes of which 90% were for affordable tenures.

Profits from Latimer schemes are reinvested into Clarion Housing Group to build more affordable homes, improve and maintain existing homes and support communities through the Group’s charitable foundation, Clarion Futures.

Richard Cook, Group Director of Development for Clarion Housing Group, said: “We’re excited to be taking the next step towards the creation of a thriving new neighbourhood that we hope will reignite and reflect the core values of Joseph Rowntree and our founder, William Sutton.”