Mace Construct and Willmott Dixon have been jointly appointed by the Crown Commercial Service to all three lots on the Procure23 (P23) Framework, marking a significant step forward for collaborative construction in the UK’s healthcare sector.
The appointment will allow the two leading UK contractors to work together on NHS construction projects across the UK. The alliance – announced in late 2021 – will see the two firms collaborate on projects together under a FAC-1 Framework Alliance Contract.
P23 is the fourth generation of the ProCure framework for the design and construction of NHS capital projects with an expected cumulative spend of £9bn during its lifespan. P23 enables NHS clients to quickly access experienced and proficient partners to support excellence in all aspects of NHS capital project delivery, including business case development, sustainability, design, construction (including modern methods), disruption mitigation, benefit realisation and optimised occupation.
The Mace and Willmott Dixon alliance will allow P23 Framework users to draw on the combined expertise, skills and capacity of both firms for construction projects of any scale and complexity, with the complementary strengths of Mace and Willmott Dixon able to provide a wider, more holistic service for a consistent delivery of all project values.
The appointment to all three lots means that the two contractors will be available to deliver work across the three value bands identified by the framework: regional projects valued below £20m, national projects between £20m to £70m and national projects worth more than £70m.
Willmott Dixon and Mace both have extensive experience in delivering UK healthcare construction projects, from Mace’s delivery of the award-winning new Ear, Nose and Throat Hospital for UCLH to Willmott Dixon’s Pears building for the Royal Free Charity, which was recognised as the ‘Project of the Year (over £50m)’ at the 2021 Construction News Awards, while Willmott Dixon Interiors is reconfiguring the Langley Wing for Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust, which includes the remodelling and fit-out of the rehabilitation centre, and also refurbishing the urgent treatment centre for Brighton and Sussex University Hospital NHS Trust.
Terry Spraggett, Managing Director for Public Sector Construction at Mace, said:
“Healthcare construction delivery is complex, but one of the most rewarding things we do as a company – delivering vital new facilities that ensure people across the UK can receive the treatment they need.
“Our joint appointment to all three lots of P23 is a major step forward for our alliance with Willmott Dixon, allowing NHS clients across the UK to draw on the combined expertise and experience of two of the UK’s leading construction firms. We’re looking forward to working closely together as we target new projects through the framework.”
John Waterman, Chief Operating Officer at Willmott Dixon, said:
“We are delighted to have been appointed to all value bands on the P23 Framework, allowing NHS clients to access the services of both our Construction and Interiors businesses.
“Working in collaboration with Mace, we look forward to being able to offer P23 Framework customers solutions that draw on the expertise of both companies, helping to drive forward advances in modern methods of construction, as well as a shared vision for a more sustainable industry and achieving Net Zero.”