Jonathan Wilson, formerly a partner in David Morley Architects, has been poached by US architect Anshen + Allen. He will become director of its 65-strong London healthcare division

His first job will be to work with Balfour Beatty on a £200m PFI bid to build a 289-bed extension to Papworth hospital near Cambridge. Invitations to tender are expected in March.

Wilson said his longer term aim was to broaden the division’s healthcare projects to “even out fluctuations in demand” for specialist facilities. He said: “As well as major acute hospitals, we would like to tackle polyclinics, primary care centres, mental health centres and children’s hospitals.”

Anshen + Allen works exclusively on healthcare, education and laboratory projects. Wilson said the staff of the London office has grown from 80 in 2006 to 101 at present; over the past year the capital value of its workload has risen from £1bn to £1.7bn.

Until November, Wilson headed the design element of Skanska’s £280m PFI bid for Southmead hospital in north Bristol. Skanska was in a consortium that included architects Nightingale Associates and Greenhill Jenner.