King's College Hospital DBF ‘still progressing’

The King’s College Hospital Framework for design, build and finance (DBF) work is "definitely going ahead", despite a delay in the procurement process, Partnerships Bulletin understands.

A prior information notice was released by King’s College Hospital Trust in April this year, with a contract notice originally due to be issued on 28 July. However, no tender has yet emerged.

It is understood that the final details of the framework agreement are still awaiting Cabinet Office approval, as well as approval from the trust's internal finance department. A source said the scheme is raising a range of questions as it progresses through the approval process.

Under the framework agreement, King's intends to select two private sector partners to enter into a seven-year contract for design, build and finance projects as part of its strategic estates programme. 

Planning permission has been granted in respect of the first project to be awarded under the programme - the design, build and financing of a new Haematology Unit.

Partnerships Bulletin understands that there is currently no clear timeline in terms of when the scheme will come to market.