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Extension Planned for Mental Health Unit
- December 15, 2020

The North East of England’s mental heath provision is set for a boost after contracts to deliver an extension to the Sunniside Unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead have been awarded.

Procured via the national framework provider Pagabo’s Professional Services Framework, Faithful + Gould and Morris & Spottiswood will deliver an extension to the mental health facility, which is run by Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust.

The project is valued at around £1.8 million and will see Faithful + Gould provide multidisciplinary services including initial design with Morris and Spottiswood leading on the extension’s construction.

Karen Carter, Regional Relationship Manager for the North at Pagabo, said: “We’re delighted to have been involved in the administration of this vitally important development of the Sunniside Unit’s mental health facility – a service that will help to support members of the surrounding community for years to come.

“We are incredibly pleased that Faithful+Gould and Morris & Spottiswood have both been appointed for this project via our frameworks and that they will have the opportunity to work collaboratively with us to further cement Pagabo as a viable route to market for healthcare organisations and NHS Trusts.”

The Sunniside Unit provides inpatient admission, assessment, treatment and discharge planning to any patient within the Gateshead area.

Lawrence Inkster, Director at Faithful+Gould, said: “I am thrilled that we have been appointed to provide multidisciplinary services for this much-needed development in Gateshead. Time was very much the essence on the project and our position as Pagabo’s multidisciplinary framework provider has allowed us to assemble the team to hit the ground running. Our expertise within the healthcare sector and experienced team will help to bring to life the building’s extension and provide a space in which people feel happy, safe and supported.”

Matthew Wall, Frameworks Manager at Morris & Spottiswood, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be working in partnership with NHS Gateshead to deliver this new and much-needed mental health facility within the local area. The turf cutting ceremony really is a milestone moment for not only the client but the full delivery team, all of whom have shown amazing commitment to getting the project up and running in record time.

“This is our first direct award via the Pagabo framework, and it has demonstrated what a valuable and time saving mechanism this procurement route can be when the full team commit to working collaboratively.”

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