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Case study: Complex project delivery, master planning & land assembly with multiple partners

SERVICE: Development Management
CLIENT: NHS Hull CCG & Community Health Partnerships


NHS Hull Clinical Commissioning Group and Community Health Partnerships wanted to regenerate the old David Lister site in Hull for the benefit of the community, bringing forward an integrated care centre (ICC) alongside supported elderly housing, maximising the “public sector” benefit.

The ICC needed to be flexible and multi-use, providing diagnostic, assessment, therapy capability to promote integration and multi-agency working including a fully functional traditional fire station.

The core purpose of the centre is to provide ongoing effective care in the community to elderly patients and keep them health and independent for as long as possible. Read Ray’s story here to find out how.

As a trusted estates partner, Citycare were appointed to develop and oversee the delivery of the scheme. Significant collaboration was key across the complex multi headed client and stakeholder team.


How did we help them find an affordable, deliverable solution?

  • Robust Generic Economic Model (GEM) appraisal of options – i.e. do they need a new building? We looked at extensions of existing schemes such as Marfleet Lane
  • Rigorous challenge of the brief and honest transparent presentation of costs as soon as possible in the development process
  • Reduced the size of the building in line with the affordability envelope
  • Made the large site as efficient in terms of hard landscaped and highway works as possible
  • Value engineered the building as a whole on a whole life cost basis
  • Looked for efficiency opportunities working with P&F
  • Full EU OJEU market test of the construction & Facilities Management costs
  • Market tested the professional team through mixture of competitive and negotiation processes
  • Joint appointments between CCG & CHP
  • Competitive funding process to secure senior debt

In the pre-construction phase we carried out extensive site investigations which highlighted the site was bombed in WWII and was previously an old clay pit which had been filled in. No significant contamination was found during the construction phase and we worked closely with Environmental Health all of the way through. We have worked under the CDM 2015 regulations right through the scheme.

We utilised the larger site and landscape to benefit the scheme by utilising a sustainable urban drainage system which improves the ecological value, is more environmentally friendly, lower capital cost and provides a larger surface water storage capacity to protect both the building and the local area from surface water flooding. We kept the finishes high spec and took a fabric first methodology keeping the insulation and building envelope as thermally efficient as possible to maximise the energy efficiency and took a modest approach to renewables. We also simplified other systems such as removing window shutters and maximised natural ventilation so reduce the lifecycle and maintenance costs through the 25 years.

A key part of bringing this scheme forward effectively was the regular dialogue and coordination meetings between Citycare, Pickering & Ferens and our respective construction contractors to manage and plan works effectively to ensure they were safe.

We worked collaboratively with Pickering & Ferens and Hull City Council with regular meetings all the way through from working on the land assembly and design development stages and right through construction. To make sure the schemes were as integrated as possible and complimented each other with the ethos of it being one development for the community, appreciating that the local community didn’t understand or care that they were two completely separate developments.

The contractors have worked well together sharing access, security arrangements and having regular dialogue to manage the day to day logistics. We have held joint consultation and information sessions for local residents to share information and respond to queries.


  • Delivered on time and within budget
  • Local supply chain – 70%
  • 4 apprentices on site

Citycare have commissioned an Arts Project for the building, financing the works but also leading and managing the process with an appointed artist leading arts workshops right through to installation.

Citycare have also contributed along with Sewell to new fence and garden works in the local area. The site team have carried out various maintenance repairs on the local church and a select number of residents, as well as supplying materials free of charge to the church for them to install a new fence.

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