gbpartnerships scoops top award for second year running

Healthcare developer gbpartnerships has achieved a notable ‘double’ winning Property Developer of the Year for the second year running at the influential Health Investor Awards 2013. Managing Director Elaine Siew and Development Director David Acklam received the Award from journalist and broadcaster Andrew Neil, who hosted the evening held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. Elaine commented: “I can honestly say that scooping this Award category for a second time was quite unexpected, though of course you hope that your submission will be well received.

“This really is a team effort and I want to pass on my thanks to our staff for their professionalism and commitment to the company and also to the public and private partnership organisations that we work alongside. “We have come a long way in a relatively short space of time following the MBO from Assura Group in December 2011 with our property portfolio across six LIFT companies worth now in excess of £300m.”

The judges comments about gbpartnerships submission included:

“An impressive year with 12 current projects that appear set to deliver more property solutions that are well aligned with the needs of NHS tenants and which recognise the challenges of the market currently;”and a“very strong development record in 2012, significant investment and a wide range of project types.”

The gbpartnerships development team works in close partnership with Primary Care Trusts, Local Authorities and other local stakeholders to provide modern, purpose built premises that are rooted firmly within the community and closer to patients’ homes. During 2012 gbpartnerships reached Financial Close and commenced construction on the £2.6m Upper Stoke Health Centre, which was completed in April this year and opened to the public in mid-June. Work also began early in 2012 on the £7.6m Kensington Health Centre, which forms part of the Edge Lane, Liverpool West redevelopment project and opened for business in April this year. A further five buildings reached practical completion and commenced operation. These were Mere Lane and Princess Park Health Centres in Liverpool, North Road and Valkyrie Road Health Centres in Southend and the £31.3m Finchley Memorial Hospital in North London – the largest primarycare scheme developed to date under the LIFT initiative. Projects currently under development include the £28m Walton Mental Health Facility in Liverpool by Mersey Care Development Company, a consortium comprising gbpartnerships/Assura Group, Bilfinger Project Investments; and Liverpool and Sefton Health Partnerships. Further schemes underway Canley and Tile Hill GP Centres in Coventry; and Park Prewett GP Surgery in Hampshire. gbpartnerships Development Director David Acklam commented:

“Recognition for your work is always welcome and reaching the final of the Health Investor Awards not only enables you to showcase your work and achievements, but have a platform to reach key industry decision makers. “The past 12 months has been both challenging and exciting and I would like to thank our staff for their ongoing support and commitment,”

he concluded.