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Trust revives £200m health scheme using ProCure 21

The first part of a collapsed £200 million PFI health scheme in Plymouth is now going ahead under the ProCure 21 initiative.

The first part of a collapsed £200 million PFI health scheme in Plymouth is now going ahead under the ProCure 21 initiative.

Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust has been considering its options for the redevelopment of the city’s Derriford Hospital site since 2005, when a PFI scheme was left stricken by the withdrawal of two of the three bidders for the deal.

Hochtief and Multiplex both walked away leaving Amey as the only bidder.

Now the trust has turned to the Department of Health’s ProCure 21 framework to get the deal, called the Vanguard Estates Project, off the ground.

If the entire scheme is carried out under ProCure 21, it would be the biggest ever let under the method.

The project will be split into packages with a total value of around Ł170 million and will include building a dedicated children’s hospital, a new main entrance to the hospital, a planned care centre, emergency services hub and multi-storey car park.

The trust’s acting head of estates and planning Lesley Drake said: “This is a phased development plan over the next 10 years. As much as we would like to do everything at once, it would cause massive disruption.

“Under this plan, we are doing things bit by bit in affordable chunks and in a way that causes minimum disruption to patients and staff.”

The initial stage of the job, to start this year, will involve refurbishing the hospital’s existing dilapidated wards and public areas, for completion by 2017.

The first elements of this work and the hotel entrance have now been registered with the ProCure 21 management team.

The car park and planned care centre are all expected to be completed by 2010/11 while the emergency unit and children’s hospital will follow by 2013.

No decision has yet been taken on how this work will be procured.

A £63 million Cardiothoracic Centre built by Norwest Holst for the Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust is the largest single project so far delivered under ProCure 21.