BaS LIFT celebrates a decade of success

BaS LIFT and its partners joined together to celebrate ten years of success in the design, development and financing of health and social care facilities across Birmingham and Solihull, which has resulted in a portfolio of high quality buildings worth £190m housing a wide range of services.

Community Health Partnerships, Prime plc and investor Prime LIFT Investments (PLI) welcomed representatives from NHS Property Services, Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust (BCHC), the University of Birmingham, Birmingham City Council, Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Trust, Calthorpe Estates, Barclays, CBRE, One Creative Environments Ltd, AA Projects, Couch Perry Wilkes, PwC, Mills & Reeve LLP and SGH Martineau to an evening drinks reception at the Birmingham’s stylish Hotel du Vin on 18 September 2014.

Guests had the opportunity to catch up with partners, clients, funders and advisors, preview the new BaS LIFT website and hear speeches from BaS LIFT’s John Taylor, BCHC’s Tracy Taylor, the University of Birmingham’s Phil Lumley and Community Health Partnerships’ Dr Sue O’Connell.

BaS LIFT Chair John Taylor said: “When you consider that around 20% of the adult population in our area attend their GP appointments in one of BaS LIFT’s centres, you appreciate the significance of the partnership and the importance of celebrating the work we do with those who make it possible.”

Dr Sue O’Connell Chief Executive of Community Health Partnerships said: “BaS LIFT has - and continues to - excel in partnership working to deliver an estate that meets the needs of the local community; increasing access, often in deprived areas, to a wider range of primary health and community services. I look forward to 2024 when we can reflect on the further difference BaS LIFT and partners have made in developing a modern estate to deliver high quality, patient and community focused services.”

Ross Driver, Director of PLI said: “This is a major milestone in a partnership that has successfully delivered £190m of capital investment to date and with the development of projects such as the Birmingham Dental Hospital will continue to shape the future of health provision in Birmingham and Solihull.”

Tracy Taylor Chief Executive of Birmingham Community Healthcare Trust said: “Our partnership with BaS LIFT has been a real success story and shows how the public and private sectors working together can really deliver value-for-money infrastructure projects that meet the needs and expectations of public and practitioners.

“Thanks to BaS LIFT, Birmingham already boasts a number of purpose-built facilities offering an environment that is tailor-made for delivering modern, high quality healthcare. And, from September 2015, the new Birmingham Dental Hospital and School of Dentistry will stand as the most prominent, lasting reminder of this most fruitful partnership.”

Professor Philip Lumley Head of University of Birmingham’s School of Dentistry said: “Congratulations to the BaS LIFT team and many thanks for working with BCHC and the University of Birmingham, in securing the future of Birmingham Dental Hospital and School which will continue as a leader in teaching, clinical service and research within dentistry developing innovations in oral and dental healthcare for patients in the city, region and beyond.”

BaS LIFT’s 15 successful developments can be found across the city and the latest, the new Birmingham Dental Hospital and School of Dentistry is currently under construction at Pebble Mill.

Against the backdrop of a dynamic health and social care market, BaS LIFT continues to provide a flexible development pathway for public sector clients to achieve optimum value from their existing estate as well creating new facilities for co-location of services.