Law firm helps LIFT health facilities | 18 December 07

LAW firm Ward Hadaway is helping to provide a new generation of healthcare facilities after advising on a multi-million pound ‘super surgery’ scheme.

The Newcastle-based firm provided legal advice to Doncaster Primary Care Trust and Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council on a £22m scheme to build four new health centres in the South Yorkshire town.

These ‘super surgeries’ will house a mix of NHS and council services from GP practices and dental surgeries to libraries and community cafes and will replace outdated existing premises.

The facilities are being built via a public/private partnership called Doncaster Community Solutions, which operates under the umbrella of the Government’s LIFT (Local Improvement Finance Trust) programme.

As well as advising on legal aspects of this latest £22m scheme, Ward Hadaway also advised Doncaster Primary Care Trust on three other centres built by Doncaster Community Solutions in the town – a £14m programme.

Melanie Pears, head of public sector at Ward Hadaway, said: “It is very pleasing to see the successful financial completion of a scheme which will greatly improve important health and local authority facilities for people in Doncaster.

“These kind of projects are a great example of how the public and private sectors can work together to achieve a common goal and we are delighted to have played our part.

“At Ward Hadaway, our expertise in this particular field is increasingly being sought outside our North-East heartland and is a testament to the skills and dedication which we offer to our clients.”

Jayne Brown, Chief Executive of Doncaster PCT, said: “We have developed an excellent track record for in Doncaster for delivering projects on time thanks to the support of all our partners.”

In addition to the seven centres in Doncaster, Ward Hadaway is acting for Hull Primary Care Trust on its LIFT programme, which includes an £11m development, and has acted for North Nottinghamshire PCT on a LIFT programme which has already seen seven new centres built.

Closer to home, the firm has advised Newcastle Primary Care Trust and North Tyneside Primary Care Trust on projects including new health centres in Kenton and Brunton in Newcastle and Shiremoor in North Tyneside.

Ward Hadaway is also providing ongoing operational advice to the two Trusts.

In addition to advising on LIFT schemes, the firm is involved in the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) school building programme and on various PFI hospital projects.

The sustained growth in demand for such services means Ward Hadaway is now advising on more than £2bn worth of public/private projects.