Cyril Sweett and Anagennao consortium to manage and rebuild community hospitals in Cumbria

Express Lift Investments Ltd has been chosen as the winner of the first contract on the NHS Express Lift framework, worth an estimated £85m.

The consortium, which comprises Cyril Sweett, developer Sutton Harbour Holding and PFI firm Anagennao Ltd, was chosen by NHS Cumbria to finance and redevelop the county's ageing community hospitals.

The team will assist in delivering an initial pipeline of projects worth around £85m, over the first six years of the 20-year partnership.

ELIL was one of seven private sector partners selected from a shortlist of 14 bidders by the Department of Health to work under the new framework.

The consortium will manage and the rebuild of Cumbria’s community hospitals and build local supply chains.

Cumbria is the first area in England to use the government’s national Express Lift procurement framework.