Award-winning property and construction consultancy, Summers-Inman, has been appointed to work as Trust Cost Advisor for an NHS Trust on its £30m new build hospital in Berwick.
Working for Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, the appointment will see Summers-Inman acting in a cost advisory role on the new Berwick hospital, to be delivered using the NEC3 Contract. The consultancy is well versed in developing strategic partnerships with NHS Trust organisations.
The new hospital will be built on the site of the current Berwick Infirmary, after Northumberland County Council’s strategic planning committee granted planning permission in December last year, giving the project the green light to go ahead.
Derek Brydon, Director of Health at Summers-Inman, said:
“We are delighted to have been awarded this contract, which represents our commitment to providing the highest standard of work for our clients and are pleased to have maintained and strengthened our relationship with this NHS Trust.
“My career has involved working extensively with NHS clients and main contractors over the years, both regionally and nationally and on a wide range of healthcare projects – from small value tasks to major capital schemes of £100m+, so we were ideally placed to undertake the role.
“This new hospital will provide the very latest in design innovation and will significantly improve the local community’s ability to access the highest standards of healthcare.”
David Smailes, who is the project manager for the construction of the £30m hospital, said: “We look forward to working with Summers-Inman and are sure that their expertise will support the successful delivery of our new hospital in Berwick. It is very exciting that the hospital that people who live in the local area and healthcare staff have wanted for such a long time, is now a reality.”
Summers-Inman operates nationally with a staff of over 120 employed in seven offices throughout the UK in Edinburgh, Newcastle, Manchester, Leeds, Leicester, Birmingham and London. Aside from counting the NHS as a major client, the consultancy has an enviable list of other blue-chip clients including Aldi, Walkers, PepsiCo, Tesco, McDonalds and Severn Trent Water.