The Harbour is a 154-bed mental health hospital delivered on time and under budget. Acknowledged as the flagship unit within the ‘Mental Health Matters’ programme, The Harbour sets the standard within the biggest programme of improvement in mental health services ever undertaken in the North of England.

AECOM was appointed by the Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust as cost advisor providing full business case, cost, value and risk management support up to PSCP selection and appointment. Following active involvement in both the P21 and P21+ selection processes, AECOM was appointed as the Trust’s P21 Cost Advisor to undertake cost control and review throughout the construction phase.

Reducing costs by circa £4 million, AECOM achieved best value through constant interrogation of design and cost changes and extended its primary cost consultant role to help define full client-side project costs with major option variants.  It provided added value to the project team through its expertise in value management, benefit realisation, risk management and procurement strategy.