Carillion reaches financial close on Birmingham and Solihull NHS LIFT contract

Contractor Carillion has reached financial close on an NHS LIFT contract in Birmingham and Solihull, estimated to be worth £80m in the first five years.

The contract involves the construction of 11 small-scale healthcare centres over the next two years. Up to 30 facilities will be either replaced or improved over the first five years of a partnership that could last 25 years. Work also includes facilities management.

Carillion chief executive John McCdonough said: “Health is one of our key growth sectors. LIFT projects provide opportunities for a sustainable approach to the provision of buildings and services.”

The LIFT programme is the government’s joint venture vehicle to attract private sector finance into developing primary care centres.

Health minister John Hutton said: “The development of new premises for GPs in some inner city areas is long overdue. New premises should encourage more doctors and nurses to come and work in these areas.”