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Nottingham’s CPMG Architects appointed to NHS construction framework for the first time


National award-winning architecture and interior design practice CPMG has been appointed to the NHS Shared Business Services’ (NHS SBS) Healthcare Planning, Construction Consultancy and Ancillary Services Framework Agreement.

A first for CPMG, this appointment helps to build on the team’s framework portfolio and expand its work for clients in the public sector. The four-year framework agreement has an estimated value of projects worth £1.6 billion and is divided into 11 service-based lots.

NHS SBS was created in 2004 by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and is the country’s leading supplier of corporate services to the NHS. NHS SBS procurement routes can also be utilised by any public sector organisation.

After a rigorous tender process, CPMG has been appointed to Lot 1: Architectural Services and will be designing construction projects at all RIBA stages and across various regions. CPMG will be one of 70 suppliers on this lot, with access to a project value of around £200 million.

Richard Flisher, managing director at CPMG, said: “Securing a place on this framework agreement is a great achievement for the team and will provide a simple pathway for us to be appointed directly by public sector clients.

“While this is a new framework for us, our team has vast experience in the public sector and in healthcare specifically, dealing with all manner of healthcare typologies including primary care facilities, extensions and refurbishments within live hospital settings, as well as new facilities at acute hospitals. This includes the recent award-winning hybrid theatre at Royal Derby Hospital.”

The work falls in line with many of CPMG’s typical architectural commissions, such as the successful recent AIRC Centre at Cranfield University – this commission was carried out as part of an NHS SBS team led by a consultant on the framework.

CPMG excelled in its social value and sustainability submission, subjects which the NHS SBS prioritises, the firm was able to support its commitment to becoming a carbon neutral business by 2029 with evidence of a 49% reduction in its Scope 1,2 & 3 carbon emissions since 2019. In addition, CPMG has achieved EPC ‘A’ on every new build since 2019, is a certified Passivhaus designer having designed the UK’s first commercial Passivhaus building and serving as the designer on 22 BREEAM ‘Excellent’ buildings.

Richard said: “This will benefit our growth strategy greatly, particularly in the London and Birmingham studios where the framework can open new markets. It also follows another recent win in our home territory where we secured a re-appointment to the University of Nottingham consultancy framework. We are excited to be part of such a well-established and industry critical framework with NHS SBS and are looking forward to exploring the opportunities and forging new relationships that arise through this.”

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