Making a Difference
gbpartnerships provides a comprehensive range of development, investment and property services, end to end from strategic planning to asset management. Through its partnering approach it has delivered in excess of £300m worth of new healthcare facilities and delivers a range of consultancy services including strategic estates planning, development and project, asset and estates management.
Innovation and change comes from close and effective partnering and through this, changes are made to the way infrastructure and operations are used and managed. With the current changing environment, gbpartnerships will ensure a ‘more with less’ optimisation of an estate.
From a wealth of experience working in long term partnership with Commissioners, Providers and General Practitioners, utilising gbpartnerships solutions makes the difference.
We are looking to expand our Estates Healthcare Planning Team. We require experienced professionals who can deliver first class estate strategies, capacity modelling, feasibility studies, option appraisals, utilisation studies, business cases, design briefs and schedules of accommodation. The ideal candidate will have excellent communication & facilitation skills and be able to travel as part of the role. If you are interested in joining our friendly team please email your CV with a covering letter to Sam McCumiskey, Health Director at Samantha.email@example.com.
gbp Scales New Heights for Charity
Intrepid staff and friends from gbpartnerships took part in a hair-raising initiative to raise funds for ‘Help for Heroes’ - our chosen charity for the year.
One-by-one we abseiled down the side of the 65 metres high Park Regis Hotel in Birmingham, located directly opposite the gbp offices on the Hagley Road. Our aim was to raise in excess of £3,000 and, at the time of going to press, a total of £3,700 had been achieved.
Founded by Bryn Parry OBE and his wife Emma Parry OBE after they visited soldiers at Selly Oak Hospital in Birmingham, Help for Heroes has, over the first 10 years, directly helped more than 17,000 individuals and their families.
gbp Diversifies into Retail Sector
gbp, in a joint venture with specialist development company 3 Willows Limited and Inspira Properties, has delivered a multi-use retail scheme in Maidstone, Kent.
3 Willows and Inspira specialise in providing planning friendly solutions for land owners including national housebuilders and brought gbp this opportunity in November 2014.
Planning permission was granted in January 2016 for the £6.6 million project comprising an Aldi Supermarket and a parade of five shops to be occupied by Costa Coffee, Subway, Cats Protection League, a veterinary practice and a hair salon. Aldi opened in the first part of November 2017 and the retail outlets have been built to shell allowing tenants to fit out the interiors to their own specification.
gbp’s Development Director, Ian Tuddenham, commented: “Building on our experience of primary healthcare development projects, we entered into the joint venture – Langley Park – to provide risk capital and development expertise to the project.
We acquired the land from Taylor Wimpey Homes, which is delivering a large number of homes at Langley Park, Maidstone. Of the 2.7 acres purchased, just under one acre was sold on to M&B, with work on a new pub due to start in 2018.
This joint venture with our partners has worked well and work has already started on a new retail scheme in Telford with 3 Willows. We look forward to delivering this scheme together within the coming months.”
Planning Approval Given for Large Mental Health Facility
A new 106 bed mental health hospital is earmarked to be built on the Mossley Hill Hospital site in South Liverpool at a cost of £45 million. Liverpool City Council has granted planning permission for the development proposed by Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust and Liverpool and Sefton Health Partnership (LSHP), a gbpartnerships LIFT company.
Mike Webb, General Manager of LSHP, commented: “This is a scheme which we have, in conjunction with Mersey Care, taken from concept through to planning approval. Designed by Gilling Dod architects, the project will include 106 in-patient beds with en-suite facilities, visiting rooms, a kitchen, café, offices and a garden”.
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"gbpartnerships have recently completed a piece of work to support the CCG on the development of estates plans to support the delivery of our Better Care Strategy.
The work that they have done has been first class. The plans that were developed reflected a detailed understanding of the clinical vision and translated these ideas into realistic and tangible options with costings that can then be considered for implementation. The approach that was taken was very engaging and inclusive. We also welcomed the approach that brought alternative viewpoints to bear in a way that added value to the strategic thinking.
The workshops that they ran were well structured and enabled open debate. Similarly, the written reports that were submitted during and at the end of the assignment were well structured, logical and effective in informing decision making."
Peter Horne, Director of System Delivery, NHS Southampton City Clinical Commissioning Group
Feasibility and Option Appraisal Studies
Over the last six months, gbpartnerships has been successfully working with local stakeholders (i.e. CCGs, Trusts, GPs, Local Authorities, NHS Property Services and Community Healthcare Partnerships) to deliver six separate feasibility and option appraisal studies, for six locations in the South of England. The geographical areas range from large cities to towns, as well as rural locations.
There were many consistent aims, problems and themes to the six studies. All of them of them focused on, either:
How to meet the long term health and wider well-being needs of a local population, in a sustainable way, by better utilising or rationalising existing hospitals, community centres, or health centres.
How to identify the most suitable locations for new primary care, or community, or neighbourhood, or well-being, hubs, or centres, i.e. by refurbishing or expanding existing buildings, or by developing new buildings.
It’s been really interesting to work with such a broad range of areas and organisations, and to see how similar the issues, approaches and solutions have been. It also gives me a lot of satisfaction when I deliver a study, that, I then see really helps a local area move a good idea or project forward.
Sam McCumiskey, Senior Healthcare Planner / Business Development Manager