05 June 2007,

Leicester LIFTCo recognised nationally for health and community regeneration work

Leicester company recognised nationally for health and community regeneration work

The work of Leicester-based Primary Plus, a joint venture company set up by John Laing and Bank of Scotland Corporate in 2002 to build new community health and social care centres across the country under the Government's Local Improvement Finance Trust (LIFT) initiative, has been recognised nationally.

The company was shortlisted in the recent Public Private Finance awards in the 'best private consortium' category, for its excellence in successfully commissioning over 40 state-of-the-art health centres, GP surgeries, community hospitals and joint access centres for the local NHS and local authorities.

Over the last three years Primary Plus has invested over £230m modernising outdated premises in six areas across the Midlands and North West, often located in deprived communities that need them most.

Their multi-million pound one-stop centres are operated under 25 year public private partnership agreements and include developing the facilities and keeping them in good repair. Primary Plus is the majority shareholder and funder of six LIFT companies, with the other shareholders being local primary care trusts and often local authorities, along with the Department of Health's Partnerships for Health. These companies cover North and Greater Nottinghamshire, Southern Derbyshire, Leicester, Sandwell in the West Midlands along with Manchester, Salford and Trafford.

The company has also undergone a re-brand, changing its name from ExcellCare, following the diversification of its business. Primary Plus has tapped into its property and land management and project financing skills to broaden its range of services, offering property development solutions for commercial, health and infrastructure schemes for third parties such as GPs and local authorities. It also offers retail property management services for tenants.

John Cassidy, chief executive of Primary Plus says: "We are delighted our business has been marked out as one of the best in the market at delivering the health and community infrastructure of the future. Local communities across the country are already benefiting from the rapidly growing number of one-stop treatment and advice centres that we are building and running hand in hand with our NHS primary care trust and local council partners.

"Designed to meet the complex needs of both patients and staff, we are proud to be helping, in many cases, to regenerate deprived areas and make a lasting contribution to community renewal."