Arden Estate Partnerships is a Local Improvement Finance Trust Company (LIFTCo) which was set up by Government in 2003 to address inequalities in health and social care estate throughout Coventry and adjacent areas. We are a long-term public private partnership, and to date have invested over £34M locally through new developments.
There are 49 LIFTCo's across England offering public sector organisations the opportunity to deliver high quality affordable buildings for their communities. We provide a comprehensive range of services and work closely with local Commissioners and Providers, Public Sector Bodies from a national and local level, GPs as well as the Private, Voluntary and Independent (PVI) sector; from both a health and social care perspective. We are able to offer a full range of development and consultancy services direct to clients and can support at any stage of a project from Research and Development, Consultancy, Development, Project Management, through to Facilities Management.
As the local partner of choice, Arden Estate Partnerships has the expertise and experience built over time to respond to changes in the healthcare environment and provide tailor made services to achieve clients' desired outcomes. AEPs wealth of local health and social care sector knowledge and experience of complex programme and contract management for specialist requirements brings us to the forefront of the sector.
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Arden Feasibility Study Leads to New Breast Screening Unit
A world class breast screening unit has been officially opened at the City of Coventry Health Care Centre (CoCHC) and will benefit thousands of local women each year.
The scheme was overseen by Arden Estate Partnerships (AEP) on behalf of University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust (UHCW), who will run services from the unit.
Pictured cutting the ribbon to open the new unit (l-r) are: Appeal Ambassador Jayne Rice, a survivor of breast cancer; UHCW Chairman Andrew Meehan; and Free Radio’s Roisin McCourt.
Construction work to the suite began in August 2016 and was completed in October. Fund raising for this vital facility and equipment was undertaken by the University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW) Charity with the support of local people and organisations and collectively raised £430,000 for the Breast Cancer Unit Appeal.
Adela Appleby, Head of UHCW Charity: “We are very grateful to Community Health Partnerships for contributing an additional £130,000 to the Project. The ongoing costs of the unit are being met by UHCW NHS Trust, the provider of breast screening servicers in Coventry, Warwickshire and Solihull. The new unit came about after the UHCW NHS Trust approached us with the idea of funding a new breast screening unit. AEP undertook a feasibility study to determine if the existing space within the CoCHC could be reconfigured to house a new mammography unit, together with ultrasound and x-ray equipment, as well as installing Wi-Fi for both staff and patients. We launched the appeal to raise £400k in May 2014 and the ongoing support from local organisations has been amazing including a £20,000 donation from the local UPS in Coventry. The new unit will allow us to screen an additional 15,000 women to diagnose and treat their breast cancer quickly helping to save thousands of lives,” she said.
Nikki Hopkins, who attended the event from AEP, commented: “I am delighted to see the project come to fruition following the utilisation study work. “Not only has it reduced the cost of void space within the building – making the cost of estate more efficient – it has provided an area for further mobile services to be commissioned from the external hook up areas to the rear of the site. That’s not to mention the opportunity to deliver more accessible services to the people of Coventry, and saving more lives.”
A plaque mounted in the suite displays the names of the donor organisations who helped to raise funds for the project.
Arden backs Coventry’s UK City of Culture bid
Arden Estate Partnerships (AEP) has become a member of Coventry’s 2021 Club in support of the bid to make Coventry the UK City of Culture in five years’ time.
With unanimous backing from the AEP board, Chair George Marsh approached the Coventry City of Culture Trust in July this year to make AEP one of the city’s many proud organisations to officially back the bid.
Pictured are AEP team members (l-r): Jamie Evans. Nikki Hopkins, Vicki Ridgway and George Marsh.
The City of Culture is decided every four years as part of a competition set up by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. Londonderry won the title in 2013, with Hull set to be become the next City of Culture in 2017.
AEP and the Trust will work together as the bid progresses to promote the links between health and wellbeing and culture through public engagement.
George Marsh commented: “The backing by AEP is to act as a conduit of support to the health organisation, with AEP hoping to improve links between health and wellbeing within the city, and add value to the final submission.”
Nikki Hopkins, General Manager, believes that this is a fantastic opportunity for everyone in Coventry to get behind the bid. “The City of Culture is about more than arts projects – it’s about Coventry people having aspirations for a better future and social optimism.
“The health and wellbeing of Coventry people can be directly impacted by this project and I am excited at the prospect of AEP acting as a channel between the various health organisations and the City of Culture bid, particularly in the parts of the city where our buildings are situated and some of the greatest inequalities in health care exist.
“AEP has a long history of engaging with local communities and involving stakeholders and we aim to draw on this to support Coventry in its bid to be UK City of Culture 2021.”
David Burbidge, Chairman of Coventry City of Culture Trust, said: “Coventry’s bid is gaining momentum and the City is growing in support after our successful launch at Coventry’s Godiva Festival, where we were thrilled to welcome over 12,000 people through our ‘doors’ and look forward to continuing the success of the bid process.”
Coventry’s bid to become UK City of Culture 2021 is gaining momentum and the City is growing in support after the successful launch at Coventry’s Godiva Festival. Read more at https://www.coventry2021.co.uk/
Canley's New Medical Centre Officially Declared Open
The official opening of the £1.2 million Forrest Medical Centre (FMC) in Canley has taken place marking a further milestone in the regeneration of the area.
It is the fifth project to be completed by developers Arden Estate Partnerships, which has invested over £35 million locally through new development facilities to enhance the areas health and social care estate.
Former FMC Senior Partner Dr. Caroline Rhodes and current Senior Practice Partner Dr. Peter O’Brien unveiled a plaque to mark the occasion - the fruition of several years work between developer Arden Estate Partnerships (AEP), FMC and Coventry City Council to bring the new medical centre to the area.
FMC is a two-storey 750m2 facility built by Arden Estate Partnerships’ local construction partner Crowngate Construction, combining the services that were offered by the Canley and Chapelfields surgeries.
Dr. O’Brien told guests: “We owe a great debt to retired Senior Partner Dr Caroline Rhodes who put in so much time and effort over the years to help get us where we are today. Looking around the Centre you can see that this new facility will be providing first class primary care for the next 25 years and beyond. We have independence, stability and a first class team of doctors and staff with many years ahead of them here.”
Throughout his speech Dr O’Brien highlighted the commitment and dedication he and his colleagues share towards care and compassion to patients and underlined how important it was for the Centre to play a key role within the community.
He commented: “This is a wonderful development and there are many people I should be thanking including our Managing Partner Matthew Grant, who has worked so tirelessly on helping bring this together; Crowngate Construction, who have done a magnificent job; George Marsh, Nikki Hopkins and Vicki Ridgway from Arden Estate Partnerships; the NHS incorporating NHS England and Coventry and Rugby CCG, which have been very supportive; and the Patience Reference Group chaired by Diane Tolley.”
He added: “During the bringing together of two practices the current staff have been very understanding and continue to be supportive of the move and share our ethos for the practice. Moving two establishments into one requires tolerance and understanding by everyone.”
George Marsh, AEP Chairman commented: “This project has been talked about for the last 10 years. The biggest challenge for us has been to design and deliver it within a very restricted NHS budget.
“There have been challenges including changes to the NHS structure in 2013 that we have faced alongside our tenants Forrest Medical Centre and our supply chain partners. Together we have come through and delivered this high quality healthcare facility on time and on budget.
“In this design we have reflected the economies of primary care and, using AEP’s experience of larger and more complex facilities, we have been able to challenge and provide design principles that allow the flexibility and future growth of the practice.”
Managing Partner Matthew Grant said “We are very proud of our history – where we have come from and what we have done and achieved. This building gives us the chance to really make a difference. It has also given us the opportunity to develop a new logo with a little help from pupils from local school Woodlands Academy.
“Our new logo incorporates our ethos of key partnerships and the fact that we are a key part of our community. We have been a training practice for many years and some of those coming through have gone on to be partners in the business.”
AEP wins multi-million pound contract to provide specialised housing with care
Arden Estate Partnerships (AEP) together with Comfort Care Services (CCS) has won a competitive tender to deliver a £6.5m project to create four sites of specialist housing with care facilities across Warwickshire.
The contract, which has been awarded by Warwickshire County Council, will involve the development of specialist housing with care facilities on four sites across Nuneaton, Dordon and Kenilworth, and will support people with physical and learning disabilities, mental health needs and sensory impairment. In total, the project will deliver around 59 one-bedroom apartments, along with approximately 13 bedrooms in shared housing.
The sites have been identified by the County Council, Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council, North Warwickshire Borough Council and Warwick District Council as suitable areas for development where customer need is high. Each of the sites will deliver to a range of design requirements to ensure they are fit for purpose and future proofed.
AEP are working with their specialist supply chain partners to get the programme developments off the ground and underway as soon as possible. Planning has been submitted on all four sites and it is anticipated that construction will commence in the autumn of 2015.
AEP will design and deliver the apartments, before renting them to Regent Housing, who are a not-for-profit organisation providing accommodation services and additional support. Regent Housing will provide customers with intensive housing management support, maintenance (including aids and adaptions), out of hours assistance and social inclusion support through a Housing Support Officer and Social Activity Officer,
AEP care partners, CCS, have been providing high quality care for nearly thirty years, founded on four key principles of Respect, Honesty, Clear Guidance and Genuine Care. This true understanding of care and compassion provides Warwickshire customers with not only a first class property, but also first class tailored care provision.
George Marsh, Chair of AEP commented: “We have a proud and distinguished reputation, investing over £34m to date delivering community health and care facilities locally in Coventry, such as The City of Coventry Health Centre and the Clay Lane Health Centre. For the specialist housing with care sites, we bring this expertise and founding principles of high quality lasting design, built around the needs of the end customer”.
Chris Lewington, Head of Strategic Commissioning at Warwickshire County Council, added: “There is a growing demand for support in the community, which is why it’s crucial that we not only design services tailored specifically to support individuals needs, but also provide the right environment to deliver this help. We are committed to working with health and local authority partners to not only assess the local needs, but also ensure the health and community care is developed in such a way that the right care can be provided for many years to come.”
Abdul Sattar, Managing Director of CCS commented: “We have been providing stellar care and support services across London and the South East for almost 30 years and are delighted at bringing our expertise and specialist experience to Warwickshire. We look forward to working with our partners to realise our principal objective of improving our customers’ quality of life and level of independence by providing tailored and holistic care and support services”
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