Fourth iteration of the ProCure framework will focus on enhancing use of local construction firms and reducing carbon emissions
The Department of Health has launched the fourth interation of its ProCure healthcare construction framework, which will see more than £9billion invested in healthcare infrastructure over the next four years.
Following on from Procure21, Procure 21+, and ProCure22 procurement routes; the new framework will enable NHS clients to quickly access experienced and proficient partners to support excellence in all aspects of NHS capital project delivery.
And, in light of developments over the past year, including the announcement of the New Hospital Programme, P23 has been updated to better reflect the changing needs of the NHS and acknowledge other infrastructure and capital projects ongoing within the sector.
The P23 framework builds on the successes of the three previous iterations which have collectively delivered over £10billion of projects for the NHS.
There will be three lots available as part of P23, covering different values ranging from under £20m to over £70m.
For the first time as part of the ProCure structure, the lower-value lot (<£20m) will be split into the seven NHS England and NHS Improvement geographical regions.
This is intended to open the framework to suitable regional contractors, enhancing capacity and increasing local backing for projects.
P23 will also provide more flexibility for contractors and bring the latest best practice in construction methods, modern methods of construction, and digital infrastructure to the NHS, with a focus on delivering greener facilities, reducing carbon emissions throughout the process, and promoting social value.
The P22 framework has been extended until 30 June 2022 to enable continuity of design and construction services until its successor becomes available for use next summer.