New £9bn route to market framework announced for NHS construction projects

New £9bn route to market framework announced for NHS construction projects

NHS England and NHS Improvement have unveiled a new route to market framework for capital works, ProCure23. It’s the fourth generation of the framework, building on the successes of three previous ProCure iterations and over £10 billion in projects for the NHS.  


ProCure23 (P23) will be delivered in partnership with Crown Commercial Service (CCS) and will run for four years, spending around £9 billion in total.  


The framework will be the main route to market for both NHS trusts and integrated care systems (ICSs) for construction and other capital works procurement. It will deliver access to a total of 12 national and 21 regional suppliers.  


Lots 1-3 are designed just for healthcare projects in England, while the remaining lots (4-5) are available for all UK public sector organisations. These will run alongside CCS’s existing Construction Works and Associated Services (CWAS) agreement.  


According to a recent article in The Construction Index, more than 30 contractors have been awarded a place on the framework. The full list includes the likes of Laing O'Rourke Construction, Balfour Beatty Construction, Kier Construction and Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure. 

In addition to the £9 billion in spending for lots 1-3, it is estimated that lots 4 and 5 could have a top value of around £30 billion.  


Simon Corben, NHS England’s director of estates and facilities, talked about how ProCure23 is structured: 


“ProCure23 builds on almost two decades of success of ProCure as a route to market for NHS capital projects. The framework has been split into 3 lots to enable greater reach into all aspects of the NHS’s capital requirements, such as increasing our estate’s capacity through new builds, addressing backlog maintenance, or reconfiguring spaces to better meet the health and care needs of our local communities.” 


What benefits does ProCure23 offer to the NHS?  


According to NHS England and NHS Improvement, P23 offers a long list of benefits for the NHS including: 

  • Boosting supplier capacity and opening up access to regional suppliers. 
  • Embracing modern methods of construction, reducing capital cost and providing reliable, evidence-based designs. 
  • Fast track processes and more efficient approvals procedures, reducing schedule delays caused by open tender. 
  • Free training for all project team members (25 hours+ per team member) 
  • Tried-and-tested NEC contract processes used for all projects, to enable collective risk sharing and collaboration between partners 
  • Call-off options designed to suit the individual needs of each project, while ensuring post-construction review (PCR) compliance for clients. 
  • Increased confidence in the proficiency of suppliers in health and complex project design and construction. 


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