28 May 2010,

Hull LIFT - Citycare is shortlisted for six nationally acclaimed awards in 2010 & highly commended in RICS Awards

The organisation that is transforming Hull's primary health care estate has been shortlisted for six coveted awards, one of which saw a £14m north Hull development being highly commended last week.

Citycare - the public private partnership between the city's primary care trust NHS Hull and hull-based construction company Sewell Group, along with The UME Group and Community Health Partnerships - which is delivering the national NHS Local Improvement Finance Trust (LIFT) programme in Hull, has been shortlisted as a finalist in three different awards initiatives this year.

Many of the categories recognise Citycare's achievements on its £14m development The Orchard Centre, a health and community facility in Orchard Park, north Hull, which opened in November 2009.

Citycare's hard work in making The Orchard Centre as environmentally friendly as possible has really paid dividends, after the project was Highly Commended by the judges of RICS Pro Yorkshire Awards (the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors) at a glittering awards ceremony in Leeds last week.

Citycare was also a finalist in the awards initiative's Community Benefit category. The awards received record levels of entries this year, with over 400 properties and schemes putting themselves forward.

Meanwhile, Citycare was also named a finalist in the Best Lift Company category at the Public Private Finance (PPF) Awards in London last week. The awards are recognised as the highest accolades available to the industry.

Now, Jo Barnes, chief executive of the thriving organisation, is eagerly anticipating the LIFT Awards ceremony on July 8, an initiative that recognises excellence in the delivery of the national NHS Local Improvement Finance Trust (LIFT) programme.

Hull has been shortlisted for the LIFT Area of the Year category in the LIFT awards, thanks to the hard work of Citycare, NHS Hull and Hull City Council. In addition, The Orchard Centre is shortlisted for both the Design and Sustainability categories.

Jo Barnes said: "We are delighted that our work is being recognised by such prestigious national awards initiatives, it's testament to the hard work invested by all partners. We are really putting Hull on the map in terms of the development of flagship, purpose-built facilities which provide local communities with easy access to health and community services."

To date, the pioneering developer has built nine LIFT buildings in Hull and invested approximately £43m. Wilberforce Health Centre, a £16m health and well-being facility, is now on site in Story Street, Hull city centre, and other exciting developments are in the pipeline.

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