Ward Hadaway to help on £400m hospital project | 20 February 08

LAW firm Ward Hadaway will be providing advice on a proposed new £400m hospital on Teesside after its latest contract win in the health sector.

The Newcastle-based firm has been chosen by North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust to provide external legal advice on, amongst other things, all commercial projects and property matters for the next three years.

The appointment was made following a competitive tender.

Melanie Pears, partner and head of public sector at Ward Hadaway, said: “This is fantastic news. North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust is a dynamic organisation and we are thrilled to be working with them.

“We are very pleased to be able to offer all our skills, experience and capabilities to the Trust to ensure that the community it serves gets the best possible health services.”

One of the major projects on which Ward Hadaway will advise North Tees and Hartlepool is the recommendation for a new hospital to serve people living in Hartlepool, Stockton, Easington and parts of Sedgefield.

Chief executive of North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, Alan Foster, said: “We’re pleased to have Ward Hadaway working with us on the new hospital. A project of this size is a major undertaking and it’s imperative that we have the best legal advice available as we go through the process of achieving our vision.”

The three-year agreement to assist the Trust with the majority of its legal needs is the latest in a series of major contract wins which Ward Hadaway has secured in the health and public sectors.

Last year, the firm was appointed as sole external legal advisor to County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust and as joint external legal advisor to Middlesbrough, Darlington, Hartlepool, Redcar and Cleveland and Stockton councils for a five-year period.

In December, Ward Hadaway also helped Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Trust achieve a successful financial close on a pioneering £75m PFI scheme to replace St Luke’s Hospital in Middlesbrough.

The project will see a new 312-bed mental health facility built next to the existing hospital in Marton Road.

Ward Hadaway now represents a total of more than 50 NHS clients across the country.