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Cyril Sweett and Anagennao's Express LIFT team secures Cumbria contract

Cyril Sweett’s Express LIFT Investments consortium has won the first contract under the Government’s national Express LIFT procurement framework: a 20-year deal to deliver a series of health projects across Cumbria.

The team, which also includes PFI experts Anagennao and developer Sutton Harbour Holdings, was this week appointed by NHS Cumbria to form a local improvement finance trust company to finance and redevelop the county’s ageing community hospitals, as well as deliver a range of other health facilities.

The consortium will assist in delivering an initial pipeline of projects worth about £85 million over the first six years of the 20-year partnership.

Following an evaluation process over the summer, ELIL said it would now work with NHS Cumbria to finalise plans and manage the re-build of Cumbria’s community hospitals, building local supply chains to deliver the individual projects.

Plans for Brampton, Cockermouth and Millom hospitals are already in development, with plans for Alston, Keswick, Maryport, Penrith, and Wigton hospitals set to follow.

Cumbria is the first deal in England to come forward under the Government’s national Express LIFT framework.

ELIL is one of seven private sector partners chosen from a shortlist of 14 bidders by the Department of Health to work under the new framework.