Architect Nightingale Associates has set up a specialist health planning group to advise NHS trusts on their procurement strategies.

The team, headed by partner David Clarke, will offer consultancy services to health trusts. This will involve analysing property needs and developing strategies to supply them.

The group has been set up to capitalise on Procure 21, an Egan-inspired non-adversarial contract system that aims to ensure that the NHS achieves best value. “We hope to work with trusts to gain the benefits of Rethinking Construction,” said Clarke. Nightingale Associates, which has 11 years’ experience in health planning, decided to formalise the work to coincide with Procure 21.

The firm is also part of a consortium, led by Bouygues, that has been named preferred bidder to design, build and operate the £40m West Middlesex University Hospital in London.