Jonathan Ainley said the current framework has transformed UK healthcare projects UK since 2003 by virtually eliminating delays and cost overruns.
But he said some still view the collaborative partnership with suspicion, which is holding NHS Trusts back from getting more out of the expertise that contractors and their supply chain partners have to offer.
Mr Ainley added, “The mind-set must change from seeing us as principally builders appointed for a single building or a group of buildings to seeing us as long-term partners helping deliver service improvement and organisational changes through well-designed, flexible and efficient facilities across multiple sites and providers.”
BAM believes that earlier engagement would provide reduce construction risk, improve sequencing and buildability, empower modern construction methods and improve cost information. In turn this would help Trusts align estates with clinical requirements and outputs.
Jonathan Ainley concluded by urging Trusts to take the next step in collaboration now, saying; “There is a precedent. At the Erasmus Medisch Centrum in Rotterdam, the operator is reducing operating costs with help from asset data supplied by us as the contractor. We can do the same for an NHS trust here.
“Data is another under-exploited estate asset waiting for Trusts to take advantage of it. The facility and assets become a living database; a mine of valuable information that have the potential to reduce future operating costs during management.
“Surely it is better to work together collaboratively at an early stage than discovering too late that a project is unaffordable”?