Key aims of the programme include harnessing modern methods of construction, delivering new net zero carbon infrastructure and responding to future healthcare demand and capacity modelling.
The New Hospital Programme was first announced in 2020 and involves the delivery of 40 new hospitals – defined as with a major new clinical building, a new wing, or a refurbishment altering ‘all but the building frame or main structure.’
The search for a delivery partner comes just weeks after a group of MPs warned the government’s pledge to build 40 new hospitals before 2030 is now ‘highly unlikely’ to be met amid cost inflation and delays.
The winning team will work with NHSE to deliver the government’s ‘New Hospital Programme’ (NHP) which aims to create at least 40 new hospitals by 2030 including the reconstruction of five existing facilities impacted by the RAAC crisis.
The programme was reconfirmed in May 2023 and expanded to include five RAAC hospitals meaning several sites in the original programme will now be delivered after 2030. The five RAAC hospitals set for rebuilding are Airedale in West Yorkshire, Queen Elizabeth King’s Lynn in Norfolk, Hinchingbrooke (pictured) in Cambridgeshire, Mid Cheshire Leighton in Cheshire and Frimley Park in Surrey.
‘NHP’s ambition is to transform operations across digital, clinical, and workforce workstreams, to identify requirements and translate these into national standards and policies, thereby improving benefits for patients and staff.
‘The PDP interfaces with and supports transformation workstreams, for example supporting the transfer of learning from more advanced Trusts to later ones. The PDP will work with NHSE and NHS Trusts to ensure that the programmatic benefits are increasingly embedded in hospital design and delivery as these benefits are developed.’
According to the brief: ‘The successful tendered will provide expertise in scheme design, programme and project management and commercial expertise to allow NHP to develop a more standardised approach to design and delivery, increase participation from suppliers in the health infrastructure market, and unlock efficiencies and accelerate delivery to allow NHSE to meet the government’s commitment to deliver the biggest hospital building programme in a generation.
The new hospitals will be expected to integrate with surrounding with regions and systems, support evolving clinical and operational models and enhance local community provisions.
Originally announced in 2020 and reconfirmed in May this year – the programme is valued at more than £20 billion and has so far seen two new hospitals open to patients, three facilities complete but yet to open, and five more hospital projects start on site.