Desco Success on Cost-Saving NHS Framework

Desco is delighted to have successfully secured a place on another national framework. The company has been approved to provide mechanical, electrical and public health services design and consultancy to the NHS, through the NHS Shared Business Services (NHS SBS) Construction Consultancy Services Framework.

NHS SBS is a joint venture between the Department of Health and Sopra Steria, which provides business support services to the NHS, including IT, legal, business, estates and facilities services. It has ambitious targets to generate cost-savings for the public purse through innovative finance, employment and procurement solutions.

The new Construction Consultancy Services Framework – the latest in a series of framework contracts managed by NHS SBS, is expected to save the public sector in the region of £16 million over the next four years, realising typical cost-savings of between 10% and 15% compared with buying direct.

The framework agreement is designed to ensure competitive pricing, helping to drive savings and improve efficiencies. It includes a comprehensive mix of suppliers, split by service provision, geographical region and project value band.

NHS clients and other public-sector organisations can directly call-off from the framework or run a mini-competition between the suppliers, allowing flexibility and enabling users to mix and match to meet individual project requirements.

Desco’s NHS SBS framework activities will be managed by Technical Director, Danny Strickland, from the business’s Leeds office.

Commenting on the framework award, Danny said “our appointment to the NHS SBS framework comes as welcome news as we continue to secure more clients and develop our growing Leeds office’s project portfolio. Within our Leeds-based team we have engineers with extensive design experience across the healthcare sector. This is further supported by our colleagues across our other UK offices who have also delivered a range of innovative and high-profile projects, including a series of new proton beam cancer treatment centres. We look forward to bringing this knowledge and experience to the benefit of NHS clients and helping them to achieve longer-term cost savings with our sustainable and energy efficient designs, throughout the framework.”


Danny Strickland