Hull Citycare is a public-private partnership with sole responsibility for delivering the NHS Lift (Local Improvement Finance Trust) programme in Hull. The organisation has projects worth £50 million on its books, and is considering expanding into other healthcare areas.
‘For us, the credit crunch has not had any real impact – people will still need health centres whether it is boom or bust,’ says chief executive Jo Barnes.
‘Under the first tranche of [NHS Lift] schemes, we used just one architect on every scheme. But when we took on the first major building in the city centre – a complex scheme housing 12 different user groups – I felt it needed a fresh approach and put the brief out to a number of practices [HLM won].
‘There is always a chance for smaller practices, because the NHS wants to see continual improvement. We are always looking to bring in new life and new blood.
‘This could mean bigger practices buddying up with other practices, and talking to up-and-coming firms who may not be health experts.’
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