Health trust’s HQ move helped by Ward Hadaway | 12 January 10
LAW firm Ward Hadaway has helped to deliver a new headquarters for an NHS Trust in Cumbria.
The public sector property team at Ward Hadaway provided legal advice to Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust on its acquisition of Voreda House in Penrith.
This three-storey building will accommodate around 60 staff at the Trust across 11,535 sq ft of space.
Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of services across Cumbria, including mental health, learning disability, drug and alcohol and condition management services.
It purchased Voreda House from developer Trillium (Prime) Property GP Ltd in an acquisition which saw Guy Morgan, partner in the public sector property team at Ward Hadaway, act as primary adviser to the Trust.
Guy said: “Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust provides top quality services to some of the most vulnerable people in the community so it was important that we got this acquisition right for the Trust.
“It is always rewarding to work on a project which will benefit the community at large and we worked very closely with our colleagues at the Trust to ensure this progressed smoothly.
“Hopefully these new headquarters will help the Trust to go from strength to strength in the vital role which it performs for the people of Cumbria.”
The project is the latest in a series of public sector property schemes which Ward Hadaway has advised on across the country.
The firm is currently advising Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber (RDaSH) Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust on a £15m expansion and modernisation of health services in South Yorkshire.
This scheme will see an Older People’s Inpatient Unit at Rotherham General Hospital, housing 42 beds and a treatment suite on a 9,630 sq m site at the rear of the hospital.
Ward Hadaway’s nine-strong specialist public sector property team has also worked on a further £800m worth of property projects over the past 18 months.
These have included schemes ranging from new hospitals, health centres and community facilities to new schools and urban regeneration schemes from Tyneside and County Durham through Yorkshire and the Midlands and down to London.