Three project managers have won a framework deal to oversee the LIFT programme of primary health schemes in England.
Cyril Sweett, Hornagold & Hills and Turner & Townsend have been chosen by client Partnerships for Health to oversee the construction and refurbishment of up to 42 facilities.

The three can be called on by NHS trusts to advise on the initial planning stage of the schemes, which will offer GP, dental and optical surgeries.

As part of the programme, the trusts will form separate companies, called LIFTcos, to oversee the procurement of the centres.

A source at one of the three said they were focusing on the third wave of 24 LIFT schemes, worth £400m. These were announced last month by the government, and will include developments in Bristol, Wolverhampton, Norfolk, Plymouth, Oldham, Leeds and Nottingham.

It’s early days but we already have a few commissions

Project manager source

The source said: “It’s early days but we have a few commissions. There are lot of opportunities.”

The programme was launched last year with six pilot schemes in areas such as Kentish Town, north London, and Newcastle upon Tyne.