16 February 2010,

LIFT Short-listed for Health Investor Awards 'Property of the Year'

Three LIFT developments have been named as finalists for 'Property of the Year' in this year's Health Investor Awards:

The awards are designed to promote excellence and innovation in the healthcare sector and recognise organisations and individuals that have made an outstanding contribution to the industry in 2009.

Assura and Ashley House, both private sector partners of LIFTCos, have been named as finalists for 'Property Investor of the Year'.

Assura has been recognised as one of the leading investors and developers of primary care property in the UK. Despite the commercial property market being badly hit in the economic downturn of 2009, Assura concluded a series of deals with a combined value of £74.2m and maintained a top performing property portfolio.

Ashley House developed its first primary care project in 1991 and is now a national organisation and a recognised innovator in tailored solution service development. Ashley House has created, in close consultation with its clients, a comprehensive range of construction related services relevant to today's ever changing healthcare environment.

Commenting on the short-listing, Richard Burrell Chief Executive of Assura, said: "We are delighted to be a finalist in this year's awards. These nominations are a tribute to Assura's property investment and development strategy which is committed to the provision of high quality, purpose built facilities that are suited to the evolving NHS and the continued changes to the way the NHS is run."

The list of finalists - which were short listed by Health Investor's editorial panel - will be passed to the independent judging panel, who will select a winner in each category to be announced at an awards dinner on 27th May 2010.

This year's judging panel includes former health minister, Lord Ara Darzi KBE, Bob Ricketts, the Department of Health's director of system management and new enterprise and Nick Bosanquet, professor of health policy at Imperial College London.

For further details please see the Health Investor Awards website -www.healthinvestor.co.uk/HealthInvestorAwards2010.aspx