Law firm helps LIFT healthcare facilities in Yorkshire | 21 July 08

LEADING North law firm Ward Hadaway has been chosen to advise on two multi-million pound schemes to improve healthcare facilities in South Yorkshire.

The firm, which opened an office in Leeds earlier this month, won a competitive tender to advise NHS Sheffield on its plans to build two new GP surgeries in the Bluebell and Foxhill areas of Sheffield.

The new developments will each be over 1,000 square metres in size, cost around £4m each and will provide updated and state of the art primary care facilities for over 10,000 people.

There will be GP and therapy services, minor surgery and a pharmacy, together with meeting rooms that could be made available for community use.

Construction is expected to start in early 2009 and it is hoped the two new centres will be up and running by December 2009.

The facilities are being built via a public/private partnership called Community First Sheffield Limited and operating under the umbrella of the Government’s LIFT (Local Improvement Finance Trust) programme, which aims to improve and update primary care facilities in England and Wales.

Ward Hadaway was chosen by NHS Sheffield to provide advice on the schemes following a competitive tender process.

Jeffrey Keeble, head of healthcare at Ward Hadaway, said: “We are delighted to have been chosen by NHS Sheffield to help advise on these new facilities, which we hope will greatly improve GP facilities for people in Sheffield.

“We will look to use the expertise and experience we have gained from working on a range of LIFT schemes to help ensure the best possible outcome for all parties.”

John Rannigan, LIFT & Capital Programme Manager at NHS Sheffield, said: “We are looking forward to working with Ward Hadaway on this next exciting range of LIFT developments, which will provide modern and state of the art primary care facilities for people in Sheffield.”

The two Sheffield GP schemes are the latest in a series of healthcare projects which Ward Hadaway has been involved with across Yorkshire.

Last year, the firm advised Doncaster Primary Care Trust and Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council on a £22m LIFT scheme to build four new health centres in the town.

The new ‘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of NHS and council services from GP practices and dental surgeries to libraries and community cafes and will replace outdated existing premises when they are completed between now and the end of 2008.

Ward Hadaway is on the legal panel of the South Yorkshire Supplies Confederation, which procures services on behalf of NHS Trusts in South Yorkshire, and is currently providing advice to NHS organisations in Barnsley and Rotherham.

The firm also recently strengthened its healthcare line-up with the recruitment of property healthcare specialist Guy Morgan as a partner in its Leeds office.

Guy has extensive experience in the healthcare sector, having led on a number of LIFT schemes in London and the South East as well as heading the legal team advising Barts and London NHS Trust on real estates issues arising on their £1bn PFI (Private Finance Initiative) project.

Jeffrey Keeble said: “Getting Guy on board has strengthened our team even further and means we can offer an even better service to clients in the healthcare sector.”