National firms have cleaned up on work for the Government's fourth wave of new hospital schemes.
Instru-ctions are now understood to have been made on 10 of the 12 projects. These are among the 29 schemes announced in January, worth £3.1bn. Bevan Ashford is leading, with three project wins on schemes for Avon & Wiltshire, Lewisham and Tunbridge Wells. It will also advise University Hospital Birmingham on property and planning, with Pinsent Curtis Biddle advising on the remainder. Pinsents has so far been instructed on one scheme of this tranche. Addleshaw Booth & Co and Eversheds have won two instructions each and Dickinson Dees has won one. City firms such as Herbert Smith and Berwin Leighton Paisner have been among the advisers in previous waves. Bevan Ashford head of PFI and projects Steve Hughes said: "Standardisation is beginning to pay off and people are beginning to appreciate that they can get better value from national firms."