Robertson previously delivered the Day treatment centre at the Freeman site. Credit: RCNE

Robertson wins Freeman and Royal Victoria NHS work

Contractor Robertson Construction North East has been appointed to deliver a three-year capital works programme for the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust through ProCure23.

Robertson has been selected to carry out a programme of capital projects over a three-year period, predominantly at the Freeman Hospital and the Royal Victoria Infirmary sites.

Projects are envisaged to include theatre and ward refurbishment programmes, clinical improvements, public facing refurbishments and critical infrastructure/backlog maintenance upgrades.

The framework appointment has presented a platform to build and strengthen existing relationships that have been established in the delivery of multiple capital schemes over recent years, notably the Day treatment centre at the Freeman Hospital site.

Neil Kennedy, commercial director, Robertson Construction North East, said: “This is an exciting opportunity to develop a long-term  partnership with The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and contribute to the enhancement of healthcare infrastructure in the North East.”

Russell Jones, deputy director of strategy, planning  & capital development at the Trust, said: “We are delighted to enter a three-year partnership agreement with Robertson Construction under P23 to deliver our capital programmes to align the NHS ethos with the principles of Latham & Egan.

“The Trust see this as the best way to drive up standards, quality and added value that a long-term partnerships can bring. Furthermore, the Trust believes that the principles and culture portrayed by Robertson provides a strategic fit that aligns with our vision and values.”

Helen Sturdy, national head of construction and ProCure23 framework, NHS England said: “It’s great to see such enthusiasm expressed in discussion with the Trust and Robertson about how ProCure23 can support the successful delivery of projects to improve patient care and experience. We are all very much looking forward to working together over the next 3 years.”

Supporting the framework’s focus on social value to support the UK Government’s strategic objectives, there is a planned programme of social value initiatives attached.

ProCure23 is NHS England’s route to market for the provision of design and construction services to capital projects within healthcare. NHS England collaborated with Crown Commercial Service to deliver ProCure23 as part of the CWAS2 procurement framework to ensure that NHS capital works adopt the principles of the government’s Construction Playbook, modern construction delivery and a focus on sustainability and social value.

The senior teams of Robertson and the Trust met to mark the agreement. Credit: RCNE

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