English council to seek partners for health programme

Authorities in Dorset have launched a market sounding for private partners to deliver several health projects.

Dorset Council alongside NHS Dorset CCG and NHS Dorset Healthcare are seeking a strategic development partner to design, fund, build, and manage several developments in Wareham across several publicly-owned pieces of land.

The Purbeck Gateway Project is the first under the authorities’ GBP100m Building Better Lives programme to join up health, social care and housing. 

The project includes include the development of an integrated community health hub which consists of a clinical health facility, GP practice, ambulance station, office accommodation, a nursing care home, community facilities and a range of housing.

Dorset also plans to deliver similar projects of a similar scale in other parts of the county and are currently scoping future projects in the north of the county, the east of the county, and in Weymouth and Portland. Its intention is to find a development partner who can not only deliver the Purbeck Gateway project but who Dorset can work with to deliver these three future projects.

A preliminary market consultation event will be held on 20 January 2020 in Dorchester. For further information contact: Sam Poole, samuel.poole@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk

The contract notice is expected around 10 April.

Meanwhile, North Somerset Council is seeking a development partner by way of a concession, to deliver 425 residential units, including 30% affordable housing at Parklands Village in Weston-Super-Mare. Bids are by 31 January 2020