The Project Board for the scheme is led by the Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and includes representation from the Strategic Health Authority, Manchester Primary Care Trust, and staff representatives. In February 2004 the Project Board considered the Full Business Case (scheme plans) and recommended it to the Trust Board, which was approved. The Strategic Health Authority, the Department of Health and the Treasury have also approved the project.
The Trust's New Hospitals Implementation Group ensures that the scheme progresses within the context of the organisation. Its membership consists of Trust Directors and Divisional General Managers as well as representatives from the New Hospitals Development management team, Patient and Public Involvement and Communications Departments.
The Central Manchester new hospitals development project is the largest single investment ever to take place in Greater Manchester's hospitals. The bidding process began in 2000, along with a number of other PFI companies, and in 2002, what was then Central Manchester and Manchester Children's Hospital NHS Trust chose Catalyst as their building partner. In 2004 a Manchester specific Catalyst company was formed to project manage the scheme for the next 38 years - from construction to operation.
The team responsible for bringing the scheme to life:
- Bovis Lend Lease - who with its international team of architects led by Anshen Allen, together with engineering advisors, Mott McDonald, is responsible for the design and construction
- Sodexo - who will maintain the hospitals for 38 years and provide services for patients and visitors such as catering, portering, laundry and security
- Catalyst Healthcare (Manchester) Limited - Catalyst is managing the project on behalf of the shareholders and is responsible for ensuring the agreement is administered correctly; that BLL delivers high quality healthcare facilities and that Sodexho and LLFM work together to maintain these buildings and provide essential non clinical services within them.