An increasing demand for healthcare services – exacerbated by
an ageing population and associated long term conditions such as
heart disease and diabetes – coupled with a downturn in the world
economy, means that the NHS and the wider UK health sector are
facing enormous challenges.
The NHS occupies approximately 7,397 hectares
of land and over 27 million sq m of floor space with a value of
£36bn. However unlike the MOD the NHS is delivered through 168
Hospital Trusts and 152 Primary Care Trusts which manage their own
Capita Symonds is the UK’s leading delivery
partner for real estate and infrastructure solutions across the
health sector, offering a portfolio of services that fuses health,
estates, property and strategic real estate expertise with cutting
edge design, management, planning, and engineering services.
Our philosophy is that the health sector cannot simply
‘build its way’ out of the downturn and that our focus must also be
about engaging with clinicians, staff, patients and investors to
change the way they work and use buildings.
Our unparalleled expertise in clinical service redesign, coupled
with the experience, motivation and insight inherent in the health
sector, enables us to provide innovative solutions that result in
better integration with social care, with more care being carried
out closer to, and in, patients’ homes.
Through our estate optimisation work surplus
NHS sites will emerge through the reconfiguration of health
services that are suitable for both health and social care. Many of
these sites will have the potential to be developed as high quality
care villages which will meet the demand of an aging population and
free up hospitals to focus on acute care.
We have saved our clients over £85m in
property estates and operations costs through a range of innovative
business models. We have also developed a whole new series of
products and services following lesson we have learnt from other
industries such as airport design and operation. These include
‘Welcome’ and retail centres, digital car parking solutions, hotels
in hospitals, and carbon reduction energy schemes.
Many of our clients are keen to explore
innovative ways in which they can utilise their existing assets to
fund redevelopment and as such we have been working with a number
of private sector investors looking to assist in this process.
We are also working with a host of innovative
construction processes that are changing the way we plan, design,
procure and build hospitals and healthcare centres across the UK.
From off-site construction to a pioneering building shell
manufacturing process, new processes are ensuring that huge
time savings are being made on a construction programme while also
raising a building’s longevity past the 60-year mark.
Capita Symonds was named as the
'Property Consultancy of the Year' at the 2012