Telford Hart Associates Construction Cost Consultants & Project Managers
Roseberry Park Case Study
Mental Health Projects
St Lukes Hospital, Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS Trust – PPP Project

Value - £80 million

Designers – MAAP

THA Role – Cost consultant for the PPP consortium working with the Contractor, Design Team and Trust to provide a full cost consultancy role with particular emphasis on maintaining continuity from bid to financial close and final delivery

This project is for a 312 bed Forensic and AMH inpatient facility to replace an existing Victorian institution.

The new facility provided:-

  • Learning Difficulties Unit
  • Forensic Mental Health
  • Adult and Older persons Mental Health
  • Mother and Baby Unit
  • Rehabilitation, leisure and retraining facilities
  • Outpatient facilities
  • Administration, FM and Staff facilities
  • Energy Centre
  • BREEAM excellent rating

The design focused upon the individual patient experience, breaking down the accommodation into a number of ‘houses’ arranged around large activity gardens and courtyards to create an architecture of enclosure without fences.

This therapeutic environment will play and important role in patient treatment and rehabilitation.

THA Role

The project was procured through the governments PFI/PPP funding process and THA provided cost planning & advice, cost control and procurement services during the bid, financial close and construction phases

THA were part of an integrated bidding and delivery team led by Laing O’Rourke in a consortium with Equion. Other partners included MAAP as architects, WSP as structural engineers and Desco as M&E designers.

The first stages of the project involved a detailed bidding process for which THA provided initial cost advice, based on proposed area and accommodation requirements and utilising historic data from THA and other sources. In due course, and as designs developed, costs were updated using measured floor areas and various proposed programme scenarios. Eventually when designs were sufficiently developed detailed measured cost plans were produced for each block providing a detailed cost plan for adult and forensic accommodation blocks, central facilities, administration buildings, FM buildings, energy centres and external / site engineering works. During this bidding process THA provided additional cost advice with regard to potential variant bids and the effect on project cost associated with each.

The bidding process led to a Best And Final Offer which required the analysis of various options for a revised offer to the Trust. This process utilised the detailed costings carried out previously allowing numerous adjustments to be carried out with the effects on cost determined rapidly before the final BAFO offer could be confidently determined.

Upon the acceptance of the successful bid by the Trust and the appointment of the team as Preferred Bidder, the role of THA moved into finalising the project costs for Financial Close. Due to the timescales of the project this stage required the production of detailed works packages for a rigorous market testing and development process. THA produced market testing documentation and Bills of Quantities from the available information before analysing returns and reporting against works package and project budgets established from the BAFO stage. This process ensured that, even during the continued development of designs, costs were continuously monitored and potential problems were rapidly highlighted and dealt with to avoid abortive design work and cost creep that has traditionally been a significant issue at this stage on PFI/PPP projects. In due course and within the programme, Financial Close was achieved at a cost within the Trust’s budget. This was achieved with robust and well defined costings which in turn provided a solid basis for the monitoring of construction cost during the project.

THA’s role during the construction of the project focused on the provision of formal Bills of Quantities for the tendering of sub-contract works packages. In total 30 plus works packages were measured with each subdivided and summarised into the 14 blocks of the project. Throughout this stage of the project THA worked to a strict programme co-ordinated with the delivery of design information and the delivery requirements of the overall project programme. In addition THA provided analysis of tender returns and advised on possible comparative costs with the Financial Close cost plan.

Overall the Roseberry Park PFI project was considered to be a considerable success and THA have since been involved in the provision of a 15th accommodation block on the same site (this time procured through the Procure 21 process). The successful completion of the project showed the benefits of a committed and co-ordinated team working together to provide a top quality facility within budget and programme.

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