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Skanska Innisfree John Laing

Skanska Innisfree John Laing is the consortium name for our private-sector partners in the new hospitals programme.  The programme is being paid for using the private finance initiative (PFI), the Government's preferred method of funding large capital projects across the public sector. 

Under PFI, Barts and The London NHS Trust will continue to be responsible for the delivery of all healthcare services to patients, while our private-sector partner designs, builds or refurbishes, and maintains the buildings.

Two consortia made bids to work with Barts and The London on the new hospitals project and, although both submitted strong proposals, Skanska Innisfree John Laing's bid was evaluated as the stronger.

Award winning 

Artist's impression of Skanska Innisfree's Walsgrave project
Artist's impression of Skanska Innisfree's Walsgrave project

Skanska Innisfree John Laing is an experienced consortium with a good track record in PFI healthcare schemes. All of the members of the consortium have worked together on NHS PFI projects, including South Buckinghamshire, Norfolk and Norwich, South Tees and Greenwich, all of which are now operational. In addition to these projects, the consortium is at the design and construction phase of schemes for Walsgrave and South Derbyshire NHS trusts. The Walsgrave scheme, for a 1,212-bed acute hospital and a clinical sciences teaching facility, is the first PFI to involve two NHS trusts - University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust and Coventry Primary Care Trust. The scheme won 'Best Partnership', the top award at the Public Private Finance Awards 2003, as well as the 'Health Project above £45 million' category. The judges described the project as PFI's 'crème de la crème'.  More recently, Skanska Innisfree John Laing was named Best Private Sector Consortium at the national Public Private Finance Awards 2004, while Skanska picked up an award for Best Design (all sectors) for the Golden Jubilee Wing at King's College Hospital.

The distinctive 40-storey Swiss Re building, 30 St Mary Axe
The distinctive 40-storey Swiss Re building, 30 St Mary Axe

Skanska is involved in other high profile PFI projects, including the redevelopment and modernisation of the grade-I listed Ministry of Defence building in Whitehall and the design and construction of a new head office and operations centre for the Met Office. It is also responsible for landmark construction projects including the districtive 40-storey Swiss Re building at 30 St Mary Axe.


The consortium will be responsible for building, maintaining and operating the buildings of the new hospitals. The contract extends for 30 years from the completion of building. At the end of this time, the buildings will revert to NHS ownership. Throughout, Barts and The London NHS Trust will continue to be responsible for the delivery of all healthcare services to patients, just as it is now. 

The Skanska Innisfree John Laing consortium 

The Skanska Innisfree Consortium consists of the following companies:  


Construction - as well as the distinctive Swiss Re building, Skanska's landmark construction projects include the Ministry of Defence's headquaters in Whitehall. The company also had a lead role on four contracts totalling over £500 million to build the high-speed Channel Tunnel rail link through Kent and London. 


Finance - The UK's leading infrastructure investment group investing in PFI and PPP infrastructure projects and the principal channel for institutional investors to invest in PPP/PFI assets. 


Catering and cleaning - one of the UK's leading soft facilities management companies, recently retained as a service provider for South Tees Hospital. 

Skanska Rashleigh Weatherfoil

Estates management and building maintenance - a multi-service engineering company which is employed by the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Greenwich and Walsgrave Hospital, Coventry. 


Managed  equipment service - one of the UK's most successful managed technology service companies. It has been a major imaging equipment provider for the Trust.


Responsible for laundry and sterile services - Synergy Healthcare plc has considerable experience in providing sterile services to the acute and PCT users. Today it provides a service to 8% of the English NHS.