Primary care centres programme - opportunities for local suppliers in the construction sector

Thursday 13 November 2014

Primary care centres programme key to local health service delivery and an engine for local regeneration and opportunity – Minister Lynch

Left to right: Gearoid Mooney, Director, R&I Unit, Enterprise Ireland; Jim Curran, Head of Estates, HSE; Kathleen Lynch TD, Min.of State for Primary & Social Care; Brian Murphy, CEO Nat. Dev. Finance Agency.
Left to right: Gearoid Mooney, Director, R&I Unit, Enterprise Ireland; Jim Curran, Head of Estates, HSE; Kathleen Lynch TD, Min.of State for Primary & Social Care; Brian Murphy, CEO Nat. Dev. Finance Agency.

Over 150 attend event connecting local suppliers to opportunities in the construction sector
National Development Finance Agency and HSE partner with Enterprise Ireland for construction sector information event

Over 150 participants today (Thursday 13 November 2014) attended an information and speed meeting event in Athlone for suppliers in the construction sector to learn how to become part of the supply chain for the 14 primary care centre sites being developed as part of the €115m Primary Care Centre PPP programme.

This ‘Meet the Buyer’ event also gave participants access to representatives from the three shortlisted building consortia to promote their offer in a series of short 5 minute ‘pitch’ meetings, and the opportunity to network with other suppliers with the aim of partnering and maximising the business potential from this major construction and development project.

The event was officially opened by Kathleen Lynch TD, Minister for Primary & Social Care, and was hosted by the National Development Finance Agency (NDFA) and HSE in partnership with Enterprise Ireland.  This is the seventh such event promoting supply chain opportunities organised by the NDFA and Enterprise Ireland, and will be followed by further information and networking events in 2015.

Speaking at the event Minister Lynch said:  ‘Participation at today’s Meet the Buyer event for the primary care centre PPP project is impressive.  The extent of the supply categories and facility management services represented here is significant. 

‘The Government’s Action Plan for Jobs includes a major focus on maximising procurement opportunities and highlights the business opportunities afforded by public sector expenditure.  Today’s event offers important possibilities and networking opportunities for suppliers to interact with the public procurement process. 

‘Investment in high quality health care accommodation has an important role in supporting communities by delivering health care close to home.  Such investment also sustains local employment in the construction and maintenance of the health care accommodation and the supply of goods and services to those facilities.  We are committed to the delivery of primary care centres at these 14 locations across the country which I hope will be a reassuring support and focus for communities.  These health care centres will deliver high quality, integrated and cost effective health care where it is most needed – in urban and rural communities, close to clients’ homes’.

The fourteen Primary Care Centres in this programme will be built across 14 sites in 11 counties in locations across Ireland.  It is anticipated that these building projects will be delivered as part of a single Public Private Partnership (PPP) contract, with construction commencing in late 2015.

All Primary Care centres identified will include accommodation for Primary Care Team services including General Practitioner (GP) services. In addition a number of centres will include a wider range of community based services, such as dental services, community mental health services, child and adolescent mental health services, early intervention teams, and Doctor on call services. There will be no pharmacies on these sites.

The NDFA is responsible for delivering €650m of Public Private Partnership projects as part of the €2.5b Infrastructure Stimulus Programme announced by the Irish Government in July 2012. This strategic healthcare building project will deliver in the region of 2,700 construction jobs.

Brian Murphy, Chief Executive of the NDFA, welcoming the opportunity to work in collaboration with Enterprise Ireland and the HSE, said: ‘Events like these are helping the introduction of SMEs and enabling them to participate in the supply chain for major public sector construction projects and I am encouraged to see the continued interest in this, our seventh supplier connections event with Enterprise Ireland. By facilitating introductions between the shortlisted consortia and possible suppliers these Meet-the-Buyer events are of huge benefit to both parties. SMEs gain direct access to buyers and decision makers while buyers meet suppliers face-to-face and find out about their capabilities. The resulting business relationships also have a wider application beyond the projects concerned’.

HSE’s National Director of Primary Care, John Hennessy, added: ‘In 2014, more than half of the HSE’s total health expenditure on operational services is in the community healthcare sector. This sector is significant and the reform of these structures will facilitate a move towards a more integrated healthcare system, improving services for the public by providing better and easier access to services, services that are close to where people live, more local decision making and services in which people can have confidence. The fourteen sites being developed are part of this initiative’.

Mick Brougham, Regional Director Midlands Enterprise Ireland said: ‘These projects will offer opportunities for companies across all sectors but in particular, those involved in the construction sector.  The Construction sector is a priority sector for Enterprise Ireland because of its job creation potential - there are more than 100,000 employed in the sector in Ireland.  Enterprise Ireland’s ambition is to drive further growth and job creation in the sector and we have worked closely with the sector to drive international growth. This work is paying off and Enterprise Ireland assisted construction companies achieved exports of €2.15bn in 2013. Today’s event is about supporting Irish companies to win lucrative contracts in Ireland, and to use the experience gained in the delivery of world-class building infrastructure in Ireland as a platform for growth in international markets’.

The three Public Private Partnership (PPP) consortia that have been shortlisted to progress to the next stage of the delivery of these primary care centres are BAM PPP, Prime / Balfour Beatty and Kajima/GB Partnerships. BAM PPP includes Ireland based BAM Building Ltd and BAM FM Ireland Ltd. Prime / Balfour Beatty includes Balfour Beatty and Irish based construction company JJ Rhatigan & Son along with facility management service providers Aramark. Kajima/GB Partnerships consists of Farrans, Walls and John Paul as construction contractors with  HSG Zander Ireland Facilities Services.

The event also hosted an Enterprise Support zone at the event, where attendees received  information on business supports through the Local Enterprise Office network and Enterprise Ireland. The Department of Social Protection provided companies with information on the Pathways to Work initiative (including the Jobs Ireland Services). Delegates also met with advisers on cross border trade opportunities, public sector tendering and consortia building through InterTradeIreland.

For more information on the Primary Care Centres PPP Programme


For further information please contact the Press Office at Enterprise Ireland



David Clerkin
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Notes to the Editor

Locations of the 14 Primary Care centres being developed under this PPP programme

HSE RegionLocation
HSE WestBallymote, Co. Sligo
 Boyle, Co. Roscommon
 Claremorris, Co. Mayo
 Westport, Co. Mayo
 Tuam, Co. Galway
 Ballinrobe, Co Mayo
 Limerick City, Lord Edward Street
HSE SouthDungarvan, Co. Waterford
 Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary
 Waterford City, Co. Waterford
 Wexford Town, Co. Wexford
HSE Dublin (Mid-Leinster)Kilcock, Co. Kildare
HSE Dublin (North East)Dublin Inner City (Summerhill)
 Coolock/Darndale, Dublin


Indicative Supply Categories on the Primary Care Centres are as follows:

Access Controls
Air handling unit.
Asbestos Removal
Audio Visual.
Balustrading, handrailing and gate fabricators
Block Suppliers
BMS Control contractors
Boiler suppliers/Biomass
Brick & Blocklaying
Brise Soleil subcontractors
Car park systems.
Carpentry Contractors
CCTV suppliers
Cladding (Wall & Roof)
Cleaning contractors
Cleaning Supplies companies
Commissioning engineering
Concrete contractors with shuttering and steel fixers for Structure
Concrete contractors with shuttering crew for pads and foundations
Concrete Cutting & Coring
Crane Hire
Curtains & Curtain Rails
Electrical Contractors
Façade subcontractors
Facilities Management  Services
Facility maintenance subcontractors
Fall Arrest
Fire alarm installation.
Fire prevention /maintenance suppliers
Fire rated doors (Timber, steel, x-ray, composite)
Fire rated Glazed partitions
Fire stopping & Fire protection.
Fitted Furniture suppliers & fitters
Floor coverings
Flooring & Tiling Contractors
General Building Merchants
Glass Coatings
Glazing / Rooflights Contractors
Ground water control
Groundworks /Earthworks Contractors
Health and Safety Equipment (PPE)
Hygienic Cladding
ICT Contractors (cabling only)
Intruder alarm suppliers
Joinery Supply (door frames, timber screens,trims)
Kitchen Equipment (Catering & Domestic)
Lightening protection.
Lighting Equipment
Mechanical Contractors
Mechanical Ducting installation.
Metal Stud Partitions
Metalwork (Architectural, Balustrading, Stairs, Stainless steel)
Moveable / Folding Wall sub-contractors
Painting Contractors
Passenger Lift Contractors
Patient Hoist subcontractors
Paving Subcontractors
Pest control companies
Plant Hire
Plumbing Supplies
Precast Concrete
Precast Contractor Floors & Structures
Radon Protection
Rainwater Harvesting & Disposal Systems
Remote Monitoring Centres
Roadwork and road marking
Roof lights.
Roofing ( tiled,slate,built up, green)
Sanitary Ware / Sanitary Ware Accessories
Security companies
Signage suppliers
Site Perimeter & Fencing suppliers & contractors
Site Testing
Specialist Rendering Systems (Plastering)
Steel Reinforcement supply and fabrication
Stone suppliers
Structural Precast Concrete
Structural Steel
Surfacing – Asphalt/bitmac
Suspended Ceilings
Sustainable Energy Suppliers
Temporary Canteen Facilities
Temporary Electrical Contractors.
Timber Frame
Traffic Management
Waste Water Treatment
WC/Shower Cubicle/IPS/Fitted Furniture subcontractors
Window cleaning companies




·         Boiler system

·         Fire systems

·         BMS system

·         Heating System

·         Rainwater Harvesting

·         Attenuation tank

·         Electrical systems

·         Medical Gasses


·         Local painting subcontractor

·         Local carpentry subcontractor


·         Soft landscaping subcontractors


·         Local hardware suppliers


·         Feminine hygiene

·         Cleaning subcontractors


·         Contractor (General waste only)


·         Installation Contractor



The following supply categories will not be purchased under the PPP programme but under existing or planned HSE general procurement arrangements:

·                     Major Medical Equipment

·                     Minor Medical Equipment

·                     Medical Consumables

·                     Facilities Management Consumables

·                     ICT Equipment

·                     Stationary

·                     Waste Management – Clinical Waste

Public Private Partnerships(PPPs)
Further information on PPPs can be found at

National Development Finance
The National Development Finance Agency has full responsibility for the procurement and delivery of Public Private Partnership (PPP) projects in sectors other than transport and the local authorities. In its procurement role, the NDFA is responsible for all aspects of delivering the procurement of projects and hands them over to the sponsoring body after construction is complete and the asset is operational.

The NDFA is also the statutory financial advisor to State authorities in respect of all public investment projects with a capital value over €20 million. In its financial advisory role, the NDFA advises State Authorities on the optimal financing of priority public investment projects by applying commercial standards in evaluating financial risks and costs. The NDFA’s overriding objective is to maximise value for money for the Exchequer.

Enterprise Ireland:
Enterprise Ireland is the Irish Government agency charged with developing and promoting Irish enterprise. Enterprise Ireland partners with entrepreneurs, Irish businesses, and the research and investment communities to develop Ireland’s international trade, innovation, leadership and competitiveness.  The ultimate objective is increased exports, employment and prosperity in Ireland.

The core purpose of the Health Service is to provide effective, safe, high quality health and personal social services to the population of Ireland. The Health Service overall gross budget for 2014 is €13.120bn. 


The Shortlisted Bidders for the projects: 

Operating since the 1990’s BAM PPP focuses on delivering Excellence in PPP. We deliver diverse projects across all sectors, Hospitals, Schools, Railways, Motorways, Prisons, Police HQ’s. BAM Contractors, founded in Ireland in 1958 and will be responsible for the design, construct and FM for the PCC facilities. With 600 + direct employees in Ireland we are responsible for some of Irelands Landmark Buildings & Civil Engineering Projects. BAM PPP and Contractors are sister companies within the Royal BAM Group.

KAJIMA:gbpartnerships have assembled a consortium with a wealth of primary care experience in both construction and facilities management, including Farrans Construction, John Paul Construction, Walls Construction, and Bilfinger HSG Facility Management.  They are supported by an award winning design team who specialise in the healthcare sector.  This places KAJIMA:gbpartnerships at the heart of healthcare.

Prime Balfour Beatty is a consortium of Prime plc, Balfour Beatty plc and HICL Infrastructure Company Limited, which brings together the considerable skills and resources of the three companies to bid for the Ireland Primary Care Centres PPP Project. 

Prime plc
Prime was formed in 1996 bringing together individuals with expertise in property investment, design, development and healthcare. Since formation, its focus has been the sourcing, design and development, ownership and management of community-based health and social care properties which are leased to GPs and other health and social care providers. Prime has developed 98 health and social care facilities, having recently completed a number of significant and innovative projects, including Sparkbrook Community and Health Centre, the first integrated health and council facility in Birmingham; the £32 million St Catherine’s Health Centre in Birkenhead and the new Birmingham Dental Hospital and School of Dentistry at Pebble Mill, which is currently under construction. For more information see

Balfour Beatty plc
Balfour Beatty is an international infrastructure group that delivers world class services essential to the development, creation and care of infrastructure assets; from finance and development, through design and project management to construction and maintenance. Its businesses draw on more than 100 years of experience to deliver the highest levels of quality, safety and technical expertise to our clients principally in the UK and the USA, with developing businesses in Australia, Canada, the Middle East, South Africa and South East Asia. With proven expertise in delivering infrastructure critical to support communities and society today and in the future, our key market sectors focus on infrastructure - transportation (roads, rail and aviation), power and energy, water and complex buildings (both commercial and social). Balfour Beatty employs 40,000 people around the world. Balfour Beatty is both investor and contractor for this project. For more information see 

HICL Infrastructure Company Limited (“HICL”)
Listed on the London Stock Exchange in 2006, HICL is an infrastructure investment company with a market capitalisation of c.£1.8bn. It owns a portfolio of 96 investments in social and transportation PPP/PFI infrastructure projects such as hospitals, schools, police stations, roads and other public sector buildings & accommodation.  As a long term investor, HICL manages its portfolio to generate a stable yield for its shareholders while providing well-maintained and serviced assets to its public sector clients. For more information see