Cost consultants are preparing to apply for a framework to build 25 hospitals and 50 health clinics within the next five years.

Circle Healthcare, a private sector developer, is aiming to take on three large QS firms.

It hopes to build up to 25 hospitals of about £25m in value, and 50 health clinics between £500,000 and £5m.

Circle is also looking for framework partners to deliver M&E, structural and civil engineering and main contracting services.

Claire Sneyd, procurement manager, said the company wanted to keep the frameworks small.

She said: “We’re not looking to populate frameworks for any discipline with more than three firms.”

Taylor Woodrow has already bagged the first spot on Circle’s contracting framework, and is building a hospital in Bath designed by Foster + Partners.

The design framework, procured earlier this year, includes Foster, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, and Hopkins Architects. Building Design Partnership is also designing a £50m hospital in Reading.