Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris and Penoyre & Prasad are among a raft of architects that could benefit from a £3 billion NHS project, following the appointment of the development consortiums
Express LIFT, which succeeds the LIFT (Local Improvement Finance Trust) procurement route that was launched in 2001, will see architects design smaller hospitals and other healthcare facilities for approximately 75 primary care trusts in England.
The Department of Health has announced seven consortiums that have gained a place on the Express Lift framework. These are: Community Solutions for Primary Care, Express Lift Investments, Equity Solutions, Eric Wright Group, Fulcrum Infrastructure, Odyssey Healthcare and Prime.
Other architects firms are expected to get involved as more work is announced.
Express LIFT is seen as a swift procurement process by not requiring firms to engage in expensive design in the early stages of procurement.
The Lift Awards 2009 were announced today, with the Kentish Town Health Centre, designed by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris winning the design award.