Property and Estates
Built Environment Project of the Year

The use of the NHS’ vast property and estates portfolio has been prominent since the publication of the Naylor report raising the prospect of releasing money for investment through selling off unused land or properties. Despite the setbacks and delays caused by Covid-19, the Conservative manifesto pledge to deliver 30 ‘new’ hospitals remains strong, and STPs and ICSs are taking a more strategic view on how to drive optimal performance from the physical infrastructure across their region. The NHS long-term plan also includes commitments to becoming a ‘greener’ NHS, which will affect decision making across all areas of the healthcare system. 

Many NHS organisations don’t have the expertise in-house to tackle some of the issues involved in this such as maximizing the value from their existing estates or commissioning new facilities which meet the health needs of the population in the future. However, the development of the Nightingale field hospitals is testament to the fact that with outside support, rapid and radical improvements can be made to service delivery.  

This award will go to an organisation which has helped the NHS make the most of its current estate, helped it deliver greener and more efficient services, or found innovative solutions to help it develop new properties – often within tight budgets. It is likely to have worked closely with NHS staff – and potentially patients – to meet the NHS’s needs within the resources available 


  • This award is open to any private or not-for-profit business which works in partnership with an NHS organisation in the field of property, facilities or estates management  
  • These can be single partnerships or joint working projects, but must demonstrate evidence from the past two years up until the awards deadline date  


  • Outline the scope of the project including the brief, aims and how the partnership was appointed. What was the context in which the project was required and what interested parties were involved?   
  • Describe what challenges were identified and the plan that was put in place to overcome these. Judges are looking for projects which have clearly defined goals which are for the benefit of the NHS organisation and include maximising opportunities for value creation.


  • Describe in detail with supporting information the success of the project including any financial, environmental, on-time delivery, energy and clinical metrics.   

  • Provide supporting evidence including quantitative and qualitative data showing value creation.   

  • Judges are looking for high quality projects of any size which deliver against brief.  


  •   Has the partnership project team gained any learnings which have been or have the potential of being applied to projects elsewhere within the NHS organisation or other local health economies  

  • How have the project team worked together at disseminating best practice? 


  • What efforts were made to involve all relevant stakeholders in the planning and execution of the project?   

  • What processes were put in place to enable clear and regular communication of activity.   

  • Judges are looking for projects which have included parties effected by the plan including front-line staff, management and were relevant, patients.  


  • How was value creation included in the plan and realised in execution?   

  • What are the measures of value?   

  • Judges will be looking for projects which improve financial circumstance but also add value to staff, patients and environment.  

Property and Estates
Built Environment Project of the Year

To find out more

For entry enquiries, contact Ryan Bessent on 0207 608 9045 or email