Contract part of government's £750m Buying Solutions framework for property and construction services

Consultant Capita Symonds has won its first contract from the government’s £750m Buying Solutions Project Management & Full Design Team Services Framework.

Plans for Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust

The contract is the biggest multidisciplinary public sector framework for property and construction services in the UK.

A team from its architecture division Capita Architecture will be advising on the strategic estate development plan for Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust.

Ron Morgan, the firm's director of healthcare, said: "The work involves developing a new strategic plan for the Trust’s HRI campus.

"Essentially the Trust wants to maximise its in patient capacity on the HRI site, locating where possible stand alone and non-clinical services at Acre Mill.

"Although this is a relatively small initial contract we’re hopeful that, given our expertise in this field, it may lead to further opportunities and commissions under the Buying Solutions framework."

The Trust is a top performing Trust according to the former independent national health watchdog the Healthcare Commission.

It provides 24-hour acute healthcare services to more than 435,000 people with some services provided to a much wider population. It has around 5,500 staff and a budget well in excess of £200m which is mainly provided by Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) who commission its services locally.

In 2006 the Trust achieved NHS Foundation Trust status.

Capita Symonds recently won a place on the four-year Buying Solutions framework (formerly a Catalist Framework) that can be used by all public sector organisations including Whitehall departments, the NHS, local councils, the police and other emergency services.

Buying Solutions’ role is to provide public sector organisations with a route to the goods and services they need to maximise procurement efficiency and value for money.