The Birmingham office of Drivers Jonas has project managed the delivery of three GP health centres in Wolverhampton to the value of £3 million.
Appointed by Wolverhampton City PCT following Lord Darzi’s Review into the NHS in 2008, Drivers Jonas guided the PCT from inception through an extensive site selection process before driving the design, planning and construction process through to successfully delivering the project last month.
“The delivery of three new health centres within a nine-month time frame was quite a challenge and one which involved overcoming significant and varied issues including the selection of new sites for the facilities, the capping of mine shafts and cost negotiations with the chosen contractor, Portakabin,” said DJ’s Julian Record.
“Project managing three complex facilities in tandem was a real test of our property and construction capabilities but one which enabled us to successfully utilise all of our previous experience of modular accommodation and fast-track projects to ensure a timely delivery.
“This project has been the biggest single investment in the city’s primary care since the founding of the NHS in 1948 and seeing these new facilities up and running is a fantastic achievement and a huge benefit to citizens of Wolverhampton who now have improved access to locally run, contemporary, GP facilities in areas which have historically been under-provided.”
The project also included the preparation of Employers Requirements, administration of the design and construction contract between the PCT and Portakabin, monitoring of construction works and co-ordination of the facilities with the PCT’s strategic services programme, for which Drivers Jonas has also been appointed as the joint project director with Wolverhampton City Council. Extensive legal work was also required, including the creation of some 28 legal agreements surrounding the land, building, GP contracts and agreement to leases across the three sites.